"The Abs Diet" is a book written by Dave Zinczenko, the current Editor-in-Chief of "Mens Health magazine." Although the ultimate goal of the Abs Diet® is to help individuals define their abdominal muscles, Zinczenko encourages individuals to adopt eating patterns and a lifestyle that are conducive to achieving physical fitness. Exercises focusing on the abdominal muscles are combined with eating patterns to assist adherents in losing weight.
While the title of Zinczenko's book implies that adherents will develop all of the abdominal muscles in suggested exercises, the focus is actually on developing the rectus abdominis muscles. The development of these muscles is a key component of the exercises, including abdominal muscle crunches, in this diet. This muscle group runs in four equidistant parallel lines on both sides of the anterior abdomen.
As the editor of "Men's Health" magazine, Zinczeno has been able to attract considerable attention for his eating plan. The diet's eating and exercise plan is based on the American popular culture conception that defined abdominal muscles may render a male more sexually attractive.
"The Abs Diet" is written to appeal to health and appearance-conscious young and middle-aged men.
The Abs Diet® encourages people to eat a balanced diet as recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), rather than eliminating commonly accepted principles of nutrition to lose weight. However, no higher quality studies have been conducted on the efficacy of the Abs Diet® to help the patient achieve a state of physical fitness or to lose weight.
The goal of the Abs Diet® is to achieve lifelong weight loss. However, the immediate focus of the diet is to increase the physical prominence of the rectus abdominis muscles.
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"The Abs Diet" advocates consuming 12 "power foods," which are thought to promote weight loss, build muscle, regulate blood pressure, strengthen bone, prevent heart disease, improve immune functioning, and fight cancer. Followers of this diet build meals and snacks around these foods. This diet recommends that two or three of these foods be incorporated into every major meal, and at least one of them be incorporated into every snack. These "power foods" include nuts, beans and legumes, green vegetables, low fat dairy products, oatmeal, eggs, lean meats, peanut butter, olive oil, whole wheat grains and cereals, whey powder, and berries.
"The Abs Diet" book and website includes recipes as well as healthier alternatives to popular American snack foods. For instance, almonds baked at low temperature with canola oil may be substituted for microwave popcorn.
This diet suggest that readers eat three meals and three snacks a day to "provide the body with continuous energy."
Like most recent diets, the Abs Diet® does not advocate counting calories. Rather, adherents are encouraged to practice portion control and eat the "power foods."
Excessive consumption of alcohol is not encouraged because it increases caloric intake and may inhibit the body's ability to burn fat.
The reader is encouraged to eat whatever they want for one meal a week as a reward for abiding by the diet plan.
The Abs Diet® website and book series directs its readers to engage in strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and abdominal muscle exercises nearly every day of the week. The exercises are done in a circuit format, where the reader exercises continuously through a series of different movements.
The Abs Diet® book series and webpage is aimed at individual readers. However, people who choose the Abs Diet may pay a fee to participate in the online community. A newsletter is also available through the "Men's Health" magazine webpage.