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The Abs Diet for Women

Have you seen your abs lately? We all have abdominal muscles, but when we gain weight, it tends to accumulate in the stomach area. Not only does this hide those abs and increase our pant size, it's also bad for our health. Excess belly fat has been linked to disease of the heart, liver and other organs.

David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine, recognized this problem and designed the Abs Diet. Geared toward men, the diet incorporated a list of healthy foods, small, frequent meals and an exercise regimen into a plan to flatten the stomach. The diet became so popular that Zinczenko adapted it for women. Released in 2007, The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm Up Your Body for Life was a great success.

Eating on the Abs Diet

One of the keys to success with the Abs Diet is the incorporation of twelve “powerfoods” into the diet. These foods all have great nutritional value, and it's easy to remember them using the acronym “Abs Diet Power.” They are:

  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Beans and legumes
  • Spinach and other green veggies
  • Dairy (low fat or fat free)
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Turkey and other lean meats
  • Peanut butter
  • Olive oil
  • Whole-grain bread and cereal
  • Extra-protein powder
  • Raspberries and other berries

Another important part of the diet is eating not three, but six meals each day. Eating frequent small meals can help satisfy hunger with fewer calories. It also boosts the metabolism and helps avoid cheating.

But perhaps the most popular aspect of the Abs Diet is the freedom to eat whatever you want for one meal each week. Dieters are not required to follow any of the diet's guidelines for this one meal. It's sort of a built-in splurge, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods on occasion without breaking the diet.

The Importance of Exercise

When it comes to having great abs, exercise is an absolute must. Surprisingly, exercise is optional during the first 2 weeks of the Abs Diet plan. This is intended to help dieters ease into the transition, making them more likely to stick with it. But on the third week and beyond, regular exercise is required.

The Abs Diet exercise program focuses more on muscles than on a cardiovascular workout. It is built around circuit training, which consists of a series of strength-building exercises done at a fast pace. This keeps the heart rate up, burns fat and keeps the workout as short as possible. The program also promotes the use of compound exercises, which are simply exercises that work multiple muscle groups at the same time.

While there is some debate about whether you can really flatten your stomach in just 6 weeks, the testimonials for the Abs Diet have been quite favorable. It combines good nutrition with an intense yet short workout routine to promote overall health, weight loss and leaner abdominal muscles. The ability to eat six times a day and work out for just 20 minutes three times a week has made the Abs Diet a favorite of many.

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