The Abs Diet is an eating plan, much like the Atkins Diet or South Beach Diet, designed to help women lose weight and fat from from their bellies. The diet focuses on eating six meals a day and nixes the idea that you need to count calories to lose weight. The diet plan also revolves around 12 “super foods” that will help you lose that belly fat as you build up muscle and improve your overall health.
Chocolate Fruit Smoothie
David Zinczenko, who developed the “Abs Diet for Women,” recommends drinking a smoothie regularly, since they are simple to prepare, fill you up and can contain a large number of super foods, such as nuts, yogurt and berries. Pour 1/2 cup blueberry juice into the jar of a blender. Add 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 tsp. chocolate-flavored whey protein powder, 1 tbsp. almond butter and 2 tbsp. plain yogurt. Puree the ingredients in the blender, until smooth. Drink the smoothie two or three times as day as a snack or meal replacement while on the diet.
Wake You Up Egg Sandwich
Eggs are one of the 12 super foods on the Abs Diet. Cut the fat and cholesterol content of your sandwich by using one whole egg and three egg whites instead of two full eggs. Beat the egg and whites together, then pour into a skillet and scramble until cooked. You can add a teaspoon of flax meal if you would like a boost of omega-3s. Place the cooked eggs on a slice of whole wheat toast, then top with sliced raw vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions and tomato. Season to taste with ground pepper.
Sauteed Chickpeas and Greens
Chickpeas have plenty of fiber, which makes you feel full and keeps you regular. Greens, such as spinach, kale or chard, are packed with vitamins, such as A and K, and contain calcium, iron and loads of fiber. Pour about 1 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup chickpeas and sauté until they have turned a golden brown. Chop up 2 cups of your choice of greens into thin strips. Add to the skillet and cook until they begin to wilt. Serve by itself on a plate or pile the chickpeas and greens over 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.
Turkey is another super food, since it’s a low fat source of protein. Brown 1 lb. of turkey in a skillet. Once the turkey is browned, pour 1 can black or pinto beans, 1 can diced tomatoes and chilies, 1 can corn and 2 tbsp. chili powder into the skillet. Stir to combine well. You may need to add a splash of water if the chili is too dry. Let the chili simmer for 15 minutes until heated through. Serve in bowls over brown rice.