The Abs Diet

posted by : Jon Kroupa on 12/11/2011
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The Diet:

The Abs Diet is focuses on 12 power foods (not to be confused with Super Foods). While your diet isn't expected to be 100% power foods, they should represent the bulk of your meals.

They are:

  • Almonds (and other raw nuts)
  • Fat-free Dairy
  • Beans (black, pinto, lima)
  • Olive Oil
  • Lean Meat (turkey, fish, chicken)
  • Peanut Butter (nothing but nuts)
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Blueberries (and other berries)
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Greens (spinach, broccoli, green beans)
  • Whey Protein

One site I read said these foods should be 60-70% of your diet, then 20-30% of your diet should be other fruits, vegetables, and meats not included on the list. The final 0-10% can be things like desserts and fatty foods. Eat until you are somewhat full, don't stuff yourself, but don't count calories either.

The Experience:

Things weren't so bad on this diet. I tried to have fat-free Greek yogurt with blueberries (and other fruit) in the morning for breakfast. A couple of hours later I would typically have a protein shake. For lunch I would get chicken and green beans. I'd have another protein shake in the afternoon, before working out. For dinner a few nights I had fish fried in olive oil with broccoli. If I was still hungry at later in the evening I would either have another protein shake (with skim-milk) or have some more blueberries and yogurt.

There were a number of deviations from the diet this week, I had some leftover semi-sweet chocolate chips, some vegetarian pizza at work one day, a slice of sugar-free apple pie, and some no-bake cookies my brother made. All in all I believe maybe two full meals were comprised of things not on the power foods list.

I've resumed my workouts at the gym and have been pushing myself to try and help with the weightloss, the increased activity sure increases the hunger though. To combat it I would just consume more protein shakes. Some protein shakes are refined whey (eh? get it? get it?) too much. It is almost like moon dust:

What you're seeing is dust that is the consistency of flour. Or if you want, cocaine.

Now imagine that this cocaine sticks to everything it touches and is so fine that it seeps into your space suit, yet so rough that it scratches your skin like sandpaper. And pretend that instead of getting you high, it gives you hay fever. And while we're at it, let's pretend that it clogs up your lungs and kills you.

ref: The 6 Weirdest Dangers of Space Travel

This could just as easily be a description of whey protein.

The Result:

It looks like I gained half a pound this week. I would have been the same, except Saturday night I attended a Christmas party and foolishly ate until I was full, which is always a mistake. Given my more intensive workouts and the huge consumption of protein, maybe I'm converting a little bit of fat into muscle.

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