You have probably heard of the book and online program “The Abs Diet.” This book was written by David Zinczenko (editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine) and Ted Spiker, and it was originally published in 2004. Although the book and subsequent online program are categorized as a diet, it is more of a healthy lifestyle.
The Premise: By following The Abs Diet food plan, it is possible to lose up to 12 pounds of fat within the first two weeks. The clincher is that most of this loss will be from belly fat, which is great news for most women looking to lose weight. Although this program was originally geared toward men, the premise could work for anyone, and there is now a program specialized for women.
The Diet: In simple terms, the food plan utilizes what the authors call the “ABS DIET POWER 12” foods in combination with an exercise program to increase metabolic rates and put natural energy to work. The best part is that the diet actually encourages regular meals throughout the day, and breakfast is a vital part of the plan.
The twelve power foods that are the base of this program are (notice the first letter in each word?):
- Almonds and other nuts
- Beans and legumes
- Spinach and other green veggies
- Dairy (non fat)
- Instant Oatmeal (unsweetened)
- Turkey and other lean meats
- Peanut Butter (natural)
- Olive Oil
- Whole Grain Breads and Cereal
- Extra Protein (Whey) Powder
- Raspberries and other berries
These food options are great in themselves, but there are other options as well, which are diagrammed in a spiffy little bulls-eye. The Power 12 Foods are in the middle and the other rings of the bulls-eye include ‘eat often’, ‘eat occasionally,’ and ‘eat rarely’ options.
What to get excited Over:
This program is a lifestyle, which means it becomes a regular practice rather than some temporary fix. Recipes for some really great smoothies are provided. It’s also a well known fact that belly fat contributes heavily to the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other life shortening diseases. It’s a relatively inexpensive change to make in order to potentially prolong your life. Investing in the book, online support program, or DVD’s is minimal. The best part is that it allows you to eat what you choose for one day, in moderation of course.
Things to Consider: Some things to consider before deciding to embark on this program are keeping expectations in check. It would be unrealistic to assume that everyone who tries this diet will end up with six-pack abs. It also necessitates a pretty long term commitment as it is changing the way you eat. For the best results, it requires a lot of exercise.
Verdict: Overall, the Abs Diet is a great program and is recommended. It’s not necessary to purchase separate programs for men and women, although you can. It’s doable for anyone and no starving is involved!