The flat belly diet and high blood pressure

November 12, 2012

The flat belly diet and high blood pressure

High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems but with the flat belly diet you may be able to lose weight and lower blood pressure at the same time.

Overview

When for some reason your heart has to pump harder than normal in order to send blood around your body then you have a high blood pressure. Blood pressure can be measured by the force, which is applied to the walls of the blood vessels as blood travels around the body. There are a number of factors that can cause high blood pressure, some of which include being over weight or obese, consuming excessive amounts of sodium and eating foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol. There are many ways that blood pressure can be lowered such as with medical intervention and also through lifestyle changes. Losing weight and improving diet can be all that it takes to lower blood pressure. The flat belly diet promotes weight loss focusing on the abdominal area and claims to lower high blood pressure.

The flat belly diet

The flat belly diet, which is described in full in a book focuses on the different kinds of abdominal fats and how some can be good, whilst other kinds are destructive to health and cause high blood pressure. The flat belly diet concentrates on eliminating the bad fat, primarily through diet. The diet tells you to eat only monounsaturated fats (MUFA’s) and completely avoiding saturated fats. Additionally meals should be limited to four 400-calorie meals per day. There is also a water concoction that should be consumed once a day, which also helps with weight loss. The entire diet lasts for 32 days and claims that strict followers are able to lose up to 15 pounds in that time. It also suggests that the diet provides immediate weight loss, specifically from the belly and claims that some people are able to lose up to 7 pounds within the first 96 hours.

Blood pressure

Blood pressure is caused in large part by the consumption of saturated fat, such as that found in red meat, fried products and whole dairy foods. It causes high blood pressure through damaging the arteries, through which the blood travels. Studies have suggested that once diet has been changed to be rich in MUFA’s rather than saturated fats, blood pressure lowers considerably. Whilst this theory has been proved, the claims made by the flat belly diet have not yet been scientifically studied and proved. There are some worries that the flat belly diet may be a short-term solution and that the affects will not last over a longer period of time and once the diet has ended. As the effects are probably not long term its hard to claim that the diet has a positive affect on health and blood pressure.

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