Powerfoods That Strip Away Fat

Came across this article today. Thought I would post it for my t-brothers and t-sisters to glean over…

Powerfoods That Strip Away Fat

Posted by David Zinczenko on Mon, May 21, 2007, 8:56 pm PDT

In my last post, I explained how having flat, sexy abs is not just about looking good (although that’s an understandable goal), but also about the health benefits a flat belly gives you.

From living longer and feeling stronger to enjoying better sex, there are so many reasons to tackle your belly once and for all. It’s not called your core for nothing!

But enough about the “why.” Let’s talk about “what,” as in, what should you be eating?

Discover the Powerfoods. Here’s my list of Abs Diet Powerfoods, or The Power 12. These foods are so good, they’ll just about single-handedly exchange your fat for a toned, lean body. By embracing this list, I promise you’ll satiate your cravings and keep from feasting on the bad stuff in your diet.

The Power 12:

Almonds and other nuts

Beans and legumes

Spinach and other green vegetables

Dairy (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese)

Instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored)


Turkey and other lean meats

Peanut butter

Olive oil

Whole-grain breads and cereals

Extra-protein powder to make smoothies

Raspberries and other berries

The more of these you eat, the better your body can avoid storing fat. If shedding pounds isn’t enough, the Powerfoods boast a long list of other abilities, too: they build muscle; strengthen bones; lower blood pressure; improve immune function, and fight cancer and heart disease.

Plus, when you eat the Power 12 and their relatives, the foods will count your calories for you. They’re energy-efficient, so they’ll keep you healthy and feeling full. Granted, this doesn’t give you license to speed down the road of monstrous portions. (A good rule: stick to one to two servings per food group and keep the total contents of your meals to the diameter of a normal-sized plate.)

It’s OK to Cheat. I would never advocate cheating on your spouse or your taxes. But you can cheat on the Powerfoods. When you take on a major goal like losing weight and getting in shape, it’s OK to schedule one meal during the week when you forget about the rules.

Savor that meal and then get back to the Power 12. This way, you’ll control when you cheat. A successful meal plan is about how you eat most of the time, not how you eat all of the time.

David Zinczenko is the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and the editorial director of Best Life. He is also author of the New York Times bestselling “Abs Diet” program, including the new “Abs Diet for Women,” in bookstores now.

Thanks for the post bobzan.

I’ve read this before, and the food choices are good. And he recommends eating 6 meals a day (big surprise).

However, if I’m not mistaken, he recommends eating these foods for 6 weeks to get lean.

Why not just eat these foods year round if you want to be healthy and fit?

I’ve seen some “transformations”, and I think the people just did it for 6 weeks, and dropped the diet. The most anyone lost was 28 pounds. I didn’t see any hardcore transformations (50+ pounds).

Good stuff bobzan, thanks again.

hmm lets see I eat just about all of those all in 1 day :slight_smile: at least small portions of all of those :slight_smile: haha but hey those are all great foods to digest and good stuff to eat!

thanx for the update on those powerfoods everyone should contribue those in their diets they are not only healthy but taste great!

great article and post

I’ve been eating these foods(for the most part-80%) for about 3-4 months…I’ve gotten much leaner and I’ve gotten stronger in every category while only dropping 10 lbs…my BF percentage went down about 3-4 percent as well…great foods for anybody-powerlifter, bodybuilder, football players, people in general

Ive seen this before. Men’s Health is all over this thing. Kind of gimmicky but the actual message and advice are very solid.

Ah yes the Abs Diet Book. This is where I started and learned about clean eating. It changed my thinking about food for the better. That and it’s forums, in time, is what led me here thankfully. So I have nothing bad to say about the book and it’s gimmicky abs in 6 weeks program.

However the book likes to refer itself as NOT a diet but a way of living and eating clean for life.
I never got those abs but I had a lot of weekend binging and boozing. My greater progresses came from what I’ve learnt here. Hands down.