The Abs Diet aims to help you lose weight and flatten your stomach. With this diet you can lose up to 12 pounds of belly fat in just 2 weeks. If you stick to the program for about 6 weeks you can also boast a six pack. This program is created by David Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men’s Health.
The Abs Diet
Let’s learn more about The Abs Diet and how is it going to help you lose weight and sculpt abs:
The fiber, vitamins and minerals are provided by the 12 Powerfoods, the building blocks of The Abs Diet. These power foods also help you burn fat and grow lean muscle mass. You need to include at least 2 of these foods in each meal. To get better results, build more muscle and lose weight faster, you need to include more than 2 Powerfoods in each meal.
The 12 Powerfoods are:
- almonds – helps you fight cravings;
- instant oatmeal – boosts energy and reduces cholesterol;
- whole-grain breads and cereals – slow the rate of fat storage;
- beans – helps with weight management;
- spinach – helps against inflammatory problems;
- fat-free or low-fat dairy;
- eggs – great protein source;
- turkey – rich source of protein;
- peanut butter without added sugar – great to control your sweet cravings;
- olive oil – lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes;
- whey powder – extra protein;
- raspberries – full of minerals and vitamins.
More allowed foods: canned tuna, chicken breast, grapefruit or other fruit of choice, green vegetables of choice, lean fish of choice, lean ground beef, long-grain rice, whole-wheat pasta.
To keep you energy levels high, beat your hunger and avoid binge eating, you need to eat six times a day: 3 main meals and 3 snacks. Each meal and snack should contain proteins, which fills you up for longer than carbs and also help in muscle building and fat burning process.
You don’t have to count calories, since the program has portion-control already built in. It is recommended to alternate snacks with main meals. For example, get a snack 2 hours after each main meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
3. Program Duration
The Abs Diet contains an ample meal plan for 6 weeks and recipes for each meal, all packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats and calcium.
4. Foods To Avoid
The Abs Diet discourages you to consume all sort of refined carbs, high-fructose corn syrup and saturated and trans fats.
5. Cheat Meals
Every week you can have a cheat meal, when you can eat whatever you want, in moderation.
The Abs Diet is not only about dieting, you need to exercise too. Movement is really important, so you’ll get a 6-week workout schedule with images and visual explanations. Here’s how the weekly workout schedule looks like (this is just an example, you can mix and match the days):
Monday: Strength training workout.
Tuesday: Abs Workout.
Wednesday: Strength training workout.
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: Abs workout.
Saturday: Strength training workout.
Sunday: Light Cardio.
The drinks approved by The Abs Diet are:
- Smoothies – aim for at least one smoothie per day; you can drink it for breakfast, or before or after the workout (as snack);
- Skim or low-fat milk;
- Green tea;
- Diet soda.
The Abs Diet is designed for men, but there is also a newer version for women: “The New Abs Diet for Women“. The second version, for women, is based on the same 12 Powerfoods, but lowers the daily calorie intake to 1400-1600. It includes tips for pregnant women and for those who want to lose weight after birth. Also, you’ll get some workouts and tips to manage your hormones with the help of this diet.
How Well Does It Conform To Accepted Dietary Guidelines?
Your daily calorie intake from fat is about 27% from the total calorie intake, which is right between 20 and 35 percent recommended.
Your daily calorie intake from protein is about 28%, which is right between 10 and 35 percent recommended.
Your daily calorie intake from carbs is about 47%, which is between 45 and 65 percent recommended.
How Easy Is The Abs Diet To Follow?
It’s pretty easy because you won’t go hungry at all, since you should eat nutritious meals frequently throughout the day. You don’t have to count calories, which is another advantage for its simplicity. You’ll get all the meal plans and recipes you’ll need, and the fun part is that you can mix and match them to suite your taste. Plus, you have a cheat meal per week when you can eat whatever you crave for.
How Much Does It Cost?
Optional books include:
“The Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook” which costs $15.99 on Amazon.
“The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide” which costs $8.31 on Amazon.
“The New! Abs Diet Cookbook” which costs $19.03 on Amazon.
While elements of the workout are aimed at achieving a six-pack, the author acknowledges that it won’t happen for everyone and it will take longer for some than for others to succeed. If you tried The Abs Diet please leave a comment below and let us know if it worked for you. Stay fit!