The Abs Diet, introduced in 2004 by David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of the world popular magazine Men’s Health, brought a new vision to the dieting, weight loss and exercising. The book “The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life” appealed to the increase of sexuality and improvement of body shapes in order to tempt people with the new nutrition plan.
Though the diet does not introduce any revolutionary ideas to the dieting (most of its eating principles closely agree with the recommendations of traditional dietetics), the author did his best to create a really alluring image for his diet.
People with active life-style, those, who rate dieting comfort and effectiveness highly, are the potential followers of the Abs Diet. There is, undoubtedly, some emphasis on the male audience in David Zinczenko’s plan; however, women, urging to build lean muscles and to reduce body fat, are also welcomed.
The whole diet is focused on the suggestion that muscles require calories. Building muscles burns extra calories, thus ensuring weight loss even without any changes in the eating habits. According to David Zinczenko, every pound of gained muscles burns extra 50 calories. So, 10 pounds of gained lean muscles burn 500 calories, which is enough to lose up to 1 pound of body fat per week.
The Abs Diet does not specify the exact amount of pounds lost while dieting, mainly appealing to the fact that all humans are different, having individual peculiarities in the metabolism process. However, one may expect about 10 – 12 pounds of weight loss for 6 weeks of following the Abs regimen.
The advocates of the Abs underline the easiness of the diet to follow, absence of strict restrictions in food choices, well-balanced eating recommendations and strong emphasis of the diet on the role of physical training.
The opponents call in question the advisability of the protein powder as the key food supplement of the Abs diet. Besides, strength-training within the Abs exercising regimen may also be contraindicated for people, suffering from certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disorders.
However, after evaluating all pros and cons of the Abs diet, this approach remains among the most advisable and popular diets nowadays.