Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Abs Diet

Going through diet after diet, sooner or later everybody ends up thinking that
there’s nothing more to learn. Frankly, it doesn’t take long to get exhaustive
hands on experience with just about all the major dieting concepts and to learn
in which way each of them is supposed to influence the body. And once you’re
familiar with all the pros and cons of dieting, it’s only fair to think that
nothing could surprise you anymore. Well, this is where the Abs Diet comes in
with a rather strange take on the old concept of losing weight through
exercises. And, no, there are no magic pills to swallow.
The basic idea is much simpler than that. It goes something like this: the body
has to expend energy in order to keep the muscles and internal organs alive and
in shape. This means that every addition to the muscle mass will force the body
to spend more energy. Therefore, instead of lowering the daily food intake in
order to lose weight, this diet focuses on increasing the “energy bill” above
the normal level. The extra muscle mass is supposed to absorb all the calories
that would otherwise be stored as fat and also force the body to burn existing
fat in order to keep up with the effort.
Every 1 pound of muscle added to the body costs the body 50 calories per day on
top of everything else. It’s pretty easy to see that 10 pounds of muscle are
going to keep busy 500 calories of your daily intake every single day. This is
enough to make you lose 1 pound per week, which is not bad at all. It’s
interesting to notice that the diet is based on achieving a snowball effect: the
more you exercise, the more muscle you put on; the more muscle you put on, the
faster you lose weight, which allows you to exercise harder and lose even more
weight. Once you get the snowball rolling it will turn into an avalanche on its
The food users are allowed to eat consists of 12 nutrient-rich power foods.
These are supposed to provide all the minerals, vitamins and fiber your body
needs to stay healthy over the six weeks of dieting. The 12 foods are: beans and
peas, spinach and a couple of other green vegetables, almonds, instant hot oat
cereal, wholegrain breads and cereals, berries, eggs, low-fat dairy products,
lean meats (such as turkey), peanut butter, olive oil and protein powder. All
other foods are to be shunned during the diet.
Sticking to this diet might seem a little hard, especially for as long as six
weeks. However, the mandatory exercises should make a big difference. Not only
that you lose weight, but you also get to show off a nice set of abs and a far
better toned body than before. One extra thing on your side is that part of the
fat will be replaced by muscle, so even if it seems that you’re not losing much
weight, you’re actually shifting weight from fat to muscle. Nevertheless, you
can expect to get rid of up to 12 pounds in the first two weeks of dieting.
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