mens health abs diet...

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    Dec 13, 2007 4:25 AM GMT
    hey everyone,


    whats your opinion on the mens health ab diet, and eating six meals a day? Seems a little too much like a money maker too me(the diet, not the six meals part), but i've had a lot of friends who say it works??
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    Dec 13, 2007 5:30 AM GMT
    It's pretty good, but I agree, I don't take six meals a day.
    I found it's really quite similar to the South Beach Diet except that they haven't restricted carbs in the same way - they just control them differently.

    Anyway, I don't ever follow diets strictly in any sense. I will read a "diet book" and take some good nutritional hints out of them to add to my already balanced diet.
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    Dec 13, 2007 7:46 AM GMT
    6 meals a day is a great idea. It's a smart plan. Of course, it's just been branched out for the sake of marketing. I definitely recommend it to my friends because it is a logical and sound plan.
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    Dec 13, 2007 7:59 AM GMT
    Who has time for six meals?
  • Artesin

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    Dec 13, 2007 8:17 AM GMT
    I read it and put a lot of it's ideas/exercises into my plans. Like they said in the book it's not really a diet so it's great. I like the way everything is based upon the glycemic index and how it's affected, though I don't really like how theres a low variety of recipes and ingrediants. "You are what you eat" by gillian Mckeith has loads of recipes that can be integrated into eatting plans.

    It is quite possible to eat 6 times a day because they don't mean 6 intricate three course meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are already three. You throw a granola bar and fruit here, a sandwich there and a protein shake somewhere and you have 6 meals. I usually make all my stuff the night before and only takes me 30 minutes or so.
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    Dec 13, 2007 8:41 AM GMT
    6 meals is not difficult at all. It takes no extra time to pack an extra couple cheese sticks, nuts and fruit. Two of the meals are "snackish."
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    Dec 13, 2007 9:50 AM GMT
    i've been eating 5/6 meals a day for years. eat roughly every 3 hrs. if i didn't i'd keel over. i have a very fast metabolism. remember you divide your daily calorific intake by 6. so each meal is smaller than the normal 3 meals a day. roughly 4/500 calories each for me. 3 larger meals, i've discovered, overwhelm me and i can fall asleep. nightmare at xmas staying with family who want and expect you to eat enough for 4 people in one meal!


    breakfast

    sandwich (lean chicken, turkey, tuna etc)

    pasta/ brown rice dish

    post workout shake (oats, banana, protein, water)

    dinner

    snack (almonds, milk)

    all of these are not set in stone as i love food big time.

    really easy once you get used to it.

    not right for everyone, however.
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    Dec 13, 2007 9:52 AM GMT
    i forgot to say what is the ab diet? is there a link missing?
  • Artesin

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    Dec 13, 2007 10:51 AM GMT
    http://www.absdiet.com/uof/absdiet/
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    Dec 13, 2007 11:44 AM GMT
    danke
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    Dec 13, 2007 12:25 PM GMT
    It's not a "diet" in the sense you have to eat or buy certain foods like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig. The book educates you on what your diet should consist of in order to eat "clean." Lots of info on your metabolism and how fat is stored.
    It was one of the most informative books I've ever read and I've adopted many of its tenets. And the 6 meals a day? Don't worry. It doesn't mean to sit down to 6 turkey dinners. You'll eat your 3 sqaures a day plus another 3 small meals which can be little sandwiches, oatmeal, smoothies, etc. It's to keep your metabolism from slowing down and/or your body from going into starvation mode which it claims causes fat to be stored.
    I also found the circuit workout plans in the back of the book to be very good. Lots of basic routines that are the building blocks of a good workout.
    I'd recommend the book for anyone starting out.
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    Dec 13, 2007 8:38 PM GMT
    In the summer, I do 10, or 11, meals a day.

    Just a matter of discipline, and planning.
  • irishboxers

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    Dec 13, 2007 10:32 PM GMT
    I agree with Chucky. It just takes planning. I keep pre-portioned 1oz baggies of almonds and craisins in my desk, along with small cans of V8, containers of raw veggies, peanut butter, and string cheese in the fridge. I watch my portions and work out like I always have, although I've added more cardio lately.

    I've lost 20 pounds in just under 2 months on the Abs Diet. Not phenomenal loss, but very safe and consistent without doing some crazy no-card Atkins madness (which I tried and hated after 4 weeks). It does take a little getting used to the 6 meals, but it's pretty easy to work in.

    The Abs Diet, when you break it down, allows you to cheat if you need to (holidays in particular). It's really about making the right choices and opening your eyes to the options out there.

    Plus, any diet that has a blueberry cheesecake smoothie that's actually good for you is all right in my book.
  • EricLA

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    Dec 13, 2007 10:47 PM GMT
    Many nutritionists I've heard do advocate 6 meals a day, where a couple of the meals are more snacks. Three meals a day isn't the best for getting your body the energy it needs to get through the day. As for practicality, it can be hard to try to keep to that schedule and prep the meals.
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 16, 2007 1:37 AM GMT
    The Abs Diet is an excellent start. My only problem with it is it doesn't control your portions...I gained fat pounds on it. If you go on it, limit yourself in terms of calories to 2000-2500, depending on your size and goals.

    Feel free to go beyond it, too. A lot of it is geared toward beginners so if you find within yourself an urge to go further, by all means do so. If I recall correctly it says to do cardio every other day and intervals once a week...I find I get better results to do interval training every day.

    Regardless of whether you get your desired results, it'll definitely teach you a lot about nutrition and fitness, I'd recommend it.
  • TXShooter02

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    Dec 17, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    I'm loving the abs diet. It has made nutrition for me very simple and given me great ideas to eat cleaner. There is a separate actual cookbook with a ton more recipes than what is already in the book itself. I ask for it for Christmas.

    I now eat at least 5 times a day. I get hungry that often. But you've got to plan ahead and its not always meals like you think. A lot of sandwiches and piece of fruit work just fine. Like they said above, taking one night a week to plan for a few days helps a ton.
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    Jan 03, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    i love the abs diet, which i consider more to be a lifestyle modification rather than a diet. when i was following it (and not even strictly), i lost a decent amount of weight and was quickly toning up. i'd definitely recommend it!