The Abs Diet is a six-week plan combining nutrition and exercise. Twelve power foods are the foundation of this diet plan. It is also focused on building muscle through aerobic exercises and strength training.
The Abs Diet was developed in 2004, by David Zinczenko, the editor of Men’s Health. Despite its name, this diet is not targeted towards abdominal fat. Diet and exercise is meant to eliminate fat from all over the body.
The guidelines for this diet plan include eating six meals a day, drinking smoothies, not counting calories, focusing on the twelve power foods. Smoothies are mixtures of low-fat milk or yogurt with protein powder, fruits, peanut butter, prepared in a blender. Studies have suggested that calcium in milk and yogurt can help burn body fat and restrict the amount of fat produced in the body.
It is also recommended to drink eight glasses of water daily. Acceptable drinks are also green tea or low-fat milk. Alcohol is to be avoided as it decreases the body’s ability to burn fat and makes the body store more fat from the food.
The power foods recommended with this diet plan are almonds or other nuts, beans, green vegetables, non-fat or low-fat dairy products, instant oatmeal, eggs, lean meats, peanut butter, olive oil, whole-grain breads, whey protein powder and berries.
Adequate exercise is considered just as important as good nutrition. Abs Diet recommends strength training three times a week, abdominal exercises two to three times a week and optional aerobic exercises.
The main purpose of the Abs diet is to help people, especially men maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. It helps preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.