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Real Weight Loss Success Stories: I Lost 26 Pounds On the Flat Belly Diet!

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I lost 26 pounds! See my before and after weight loss pictures, and read amazing weight loss success stories from real women and their best weight loss diet plans and programs. Motivation to lose weight with walking and inspiration from before and after weightloss pics and photos.Susan Rich followed the Flat Belly Diet with a long-distance friend and kept the weight off for over a year



Age 56


Height 5’5″

Weight Now 160 Pounds

Weight Then 186

Pounds Lost 26



I was watching a morning show in February 2008 when I saw Prevention magazine’s Flat Belly Diet segment. After seeing the show and learning about how MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) target belly fat, I called my chocolate-loving friend Debbie Stamp in Michigan to tell her about the diet. Debbie ordered the book even faster than I did.

More than a year later, I have maintained a 26-pound loss, going from size 16 jeans to size 10. The support I receive from Debbie has made the experience a much easier one. We talk on the phone at least once a day and discuss the Flat Belly Diet often. You could say this was a long-distance diet affair.

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During the 4-Day Anti-Bloat Jumpstart, Debbie and I spoke several times a day to make sure each was on track and supporting the other.

Those first 4 days were difficult for both of us. I suggest that full-time workers start the Jumpstart on a Friday so they have the weekend to get used to the eating plan. Debbie and I experienced fatigue, but once you begin eating 1,600 calories on the fifth day, your energy level increases.

When we first started following the Flat Belly Diet, we planned meals together over the phone. Debbie and I adjusted our own recipes to fit the Flat Belly Diet rules and found lots of new, healthy foods to incorporate into meal plans.

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When Debbie and I reunited 5 months after starting the Flat Belly Diet together, we couldn’t get over how great we both looked! We each had lost 20 pounds by that summertime visit.

I maintain my weight loss with daily walks and gardening for activity. I don’t think of it as a diet but a lifestyle.

Susan shares what works for her:

1. Focus on salads, and make sure a MUFA is part of the meal when dining out.

2. Take pictures of yourself from day 1.

3. Write down your weight and measurements every week.

4. If you plateau or gain a few pounds, exercise more and closely monitor portions.

Her Favorite MUFA Meal:  Susan likes peanut butter and jelly on Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin bread.

Source:  Prevention

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