Meal Plans for the ABS Diet for Women

"The Abs Diet for Women" is a diet plan book written by David Zinczenko, the editor-in-chief of Men's Health magazine. The diet is an offshoot of "The Abs Diet," a similar book and program designed for both men and women. In the diet, Zinczenko recommends eating a variety of healthy fats and exercising regularly in order to get a flat, toned stomach. Talk to your doctor before trying the diet program, especially if you have health conditions or injuries.

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Breakfast

While following the Abs Diet for Women, eat a breakfast filled with lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Egg whites will help build lean muscle tissue instead of fat in the body. One breakfast sample meal may include an egg white omelet with a small amount of low-fat cheese, bell peppers and tomatoes inside. Eat the omelet along with a slice of whole-grain bread with a small amount of butter on top, if desired.

Lunch

Stick with lean protein for lunch, like turkey, chicken or fish. Make a salad with spinach or romaine lettuce, sliced avocado, apples and sliced turkey or chicken. Sprinkle a small amount of olive oil and lemon juice on top instead of dressing. Stay away from foods that are high in saturated fat, like full-fat dairy products and red meat. Opt instead for nonfat and low-fat dairy, lean protein and vegetable protein sources like black beans and chickpeas.

Dinner

Don't deprive yourself at dinner. Enjoy a filling plate of whole-wheat pasta with a small amount of tomato sauce and turkey meatballs for dinner. Mix a small amount of olive oil into the sauce to help add omega-3 fatty acids to the meal, if desired -- olive oil is a source of monounsaturated fat that is one of the 12 Power Foods listed in the diet.

Snacks

Zinczenko recommends eating three small, protein-filled snacks in between meals. These snacks may include hard-boiled eggs, apples with peanut butter, yogurt with nuts and fruit sprinkled in, or whole-grain crackers with slices of avocado. Eat one snack between breakfast and lunch, one snack between lunch and dinner and one snack after dinner. You may be less apt to crave dessert if you eat one nutritious snack after dinner instead of a sweet treat.

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