The Abs Diet, created by David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of “Men’s Health” magazine, was originally designed for men. The diet plan for the original Abs Diet and the modified Abs Diet for Women are essentially the same. Zinczenko recognized that women tend to be more aware about calorie intake and also experience more hormonal problems, which makes it difficult to lose weight. He took those issues into account when creating the Abs Diet for Women. If you’re looking to follow the Abs Diet for Women, here are some tips for success.
1. Give Yourself a Clean Start
The Abs Diet for Women is all about eating healthy and natural foods most of the time. With the exception of one “cheat” meal each week, the diet does not condone snacking on fried foods, high-fat foods and foods that contain excessive amounts of sugar. Basically, you need to steer clear of junk food and anything processed. To be successful in this diet, you should begin by cleaning out your kitchen. Read the labels and toss out anything that contains refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup or any ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Stock your pantry and fridge with items with short ingredient lists–they tend to be healthier for you.
2. Plan Meals Around the 12 Powerfoods
The Abs Diet is based around incorporating 12 powerfoods into your diet. These food are: almonds and other nuts, beans and legumes, spinach and other green vegetables. dairy (like fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese), instant oatmeal, eggs, lean meats (like turkey, fish and chicken), peanut butter, olive oil, whole-grain breads and cereals, extra protein (whey) powder, and raspberries (or other berries). It’s no surprise that all of these foods are packed with nutrients. They also help rev up your metabolism and trigger muscle growth. You’re supposed to incorporate at least one of these foods into each meal of the day. To be successful, make a list of meals or snacks that you can make with these foods or search for recipes using one or more of these foods as a key ingredient.
3. Use Sunday to Prepare
The Abs Diet for Women requires that you eat six small meals a day instead of three large meals. Again, you’ll incorporate the 12 powerfoods in each of your meals. Take time on Sunday to get everything ready for the week, so you don’t slip up and make a run to the vending machine or fast food restaurant. Cook up a turkey and bean soup on Sunday and portion it out for lunches in individual containers for grab-and-go ease. Place handfuls of nuts or berries in plastic baggies to easily slip into your lunch box every morning. Having everything ready to go will keep you on track with your diet.
4. Forget About the Calories
Don’t get hung up on the fact that a banana is more calorie than an apple. The Abs Diet for Women is all about eating healthy foods. The calories will even out in the end.