The Flat Stomach Diet

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  • Getting a flat stomach is one of those things we all crave, but can sometimes seem impossible to achieve.

    With so many different diets around, finding a meal plan that’s going to give you a flat stomach without having to starve yourself can feel overwhelming. But thanks to food nutritionist Monica Grenfell, we’ve found a flat stomach plan that shows you how to lose 5lb in a week! And it’s all centred around the health and diet benefits of introducing more fibre into your daily diet (which is music to our ears – say hello to feeling fuller for longer!)

    If you want to lose belly fat on a diet that lets you eat healthily and feel full, this diet plan is a great way to get on the road to a noticeably flatter stomach.

    And you don’t need hours of exercise or a strict diet to trim your tum. It’s more important to commit to a dedicated menu plan and 30 minutes of daily exercise. We’ve devised this diet as the first stage of a tummy-flattening plan – and it’ll help you lose 5lb in seven days. After this initial week, you should aim to follow the plan three to four days every week to achieve your dream midriff for life!

    Rule one: Deal with constipation
    Constipation can add 5lb and several inches to your tum. All flat-stomach plans must start with a detox – which means fibre. Plant foods (e.g. fruit and veg) are all foods which contain fibre, so eat plenty.

    Rule two: Stretch and tone
    Forget endless crunches which create a thick, tummy-bulging sixpack. Tone your entire mid-section with some stomach-flattening exercises, including back and waist, for a stunning shape from all angles, using stretching, Pilates and yoga – not cardio.

    Rule three: Posture
    Standing and sitting correctly shaves inches off the appearance of your mid-section – as well as making you look confident.

    The facts on fibre
    Short of a zero-calorie cake or fat-free fries, fibre’s the best thing around when you’re watching your weight. Fibre makes calories disappear, acting like a sponge in your digestive tract, sweeping up molecules of carbs, fats and sugars – and their calories – and stopping them settling on your stomach.

    It may take a few days to show results if fibre is new to you, but your body will love it! We need 18g-25g fibre a day. The best foods are: prunes, raspberries, apples, brown rice, peas, sweetcorn and oranges.

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day one

    Breakfast: 6tbsp bran flakes with 3 dried apricots, 1 banana and skimmed milk

    Mid-morning snack: 12 strawberries

    Lunch: 2 slices of wholemeal bread with 2tsp mayonnaise, small, skinless chicken breast, sliced, and 1 tomato. 1 orange

    Dinner:180g baked salmon served on any amount of steamed spinach with 150g baked potato. Baked apple and 2tbsp custard

    Total fibre: 25.5g

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day two

    Breakfast: 30g All-Bran topped with 200ml semi-skimmed milk and 1 dessert spoon of cubed mango

    Mid-morning snack: 3 slices sesame crispbread with two sliced tomatoes

    Lunch: 2 slices roast beef with 2 roast potatoes and 1tbsp each sprouts, carrots and cauliflower

    Dinner: 2 slices smoked salmon and ½ avocado in a salad OR 3tbsp veggie chilli (pictured) made with low-fat chilli sauce, chopped veg and kidney beans on 3tbsp brown rice. Small bowl raspberries and 1tbsp single cream

    Total fibre: 26g

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day three

    Breakfast: Home-made muesli (20g oats, 15g flaked almonds, 3 dried, chopped apricots, sprinkling of sunflower seeds, 200ml skimmed milk) topped with half a grated apple

    Mid-morning snack: Small pot of fat-free plain bio yogurt with 1tbsp sultanas

    Sandwich of 2 slices granary bread with ½ sliced avocado, 3 finely crushed walnuts, 1tsp vinaigrette

    Dinner: 3tbsp vegetable and cashew nut stir-fry or curry with 4tbsp brown rice OR Tarragon chicken (pan-fried chicken breast with 1tbsp creme fraiche and 1tsp dried tarragon) with unlimited steamed broccoli and 2 small boiled potatoes. Baked banana with 1tbsp raspberry coulis

    Total fibre: 23.6g

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day four

    Breakfast: Small bowl orange and grapefruit segments, 2 scrambled eggs, 1 slice wholemeal toast, scraping of butter

    Mid-morning snack: 1 apple

    Lunch: Waldorf salad (1 stick celery, sliced, ½ apple, diced, 6 broken walnuts and 6 grapes, all in a little mayonnaise, served on shredded lettuce)

    Dinner: Chicken with watermelon and hazelnut salad with raspberry vinaigrette (100g cold chicken, sliced, mixed with handful cubed watermelon and 1tbsp crushed and toasted hazelnuts). Toss and mix with vinaigrette with a few raspberries added. Serve on tossed spinach and watercress leaves. 6 peach slices topped with 30g crumbled almonds, 1tbsp yogurt

    Total fibre:

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day five

    Breakfast: 40g porridge with semi-skimmed milk and 4 prunes (pictured)

    Mid-morning snack: Small bowl mixed raspberries and blueberries

    Lunch: 1 medium-sized jacket potato with 1 small can baked beans, 2tbsp grated low-fat Cheddar, small salad

    Dinner: 3 wholemeal cannelloni stuffed with spinach and 1tbsp ground almonds, baked in a low-fat cheese sauce, with salad OR 1 fillet white fish, baked in milk, with unlimited steamed broccoli, carrots and mangetout. Small fruit salad

    Total fibre: 36g

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day six

    Breakfast: 30g Fruit’n’Fibre, 200ml semi-skimmed milk, topped with a sliced banana

    Mid-morning snack: Celery and carrot sticks with 1dsp half-fat cream cheese

    300ml lentil soup, small wholegrain roll

    Dinner: 180g chicken breast, cubed, stir-fried with veg and 6 crushed walnuts, served with salad leaves. Small bowl stewed apple with sultanas and cinnamon

    Total fibre:

    Flat Stomach Diet: Day seven

    Breakfast: 2 boiled eggs with two slices wholemeal toast. 250ml orange juice

    Mid-morning snack:
    Small flapjack

    Salad of half an avocado and 1tbsp prawns OR half a avocado filled with tuna

    Dinner: Pasta primavera (pictured) – mixed veg stir-fried with half a tin crushed tomatoes, plus handful of cooked penne pasta. Add 1tbsp Parmesan cheese to serve. Peach poached in orange juice with 1tbsp plain yogurt

    Total fibre: 23.2g

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