• Eating For Abs Diet Plan

      By Dean Stattmann MEn's Fitness

      A fictional gladiator once said, “What we do in this life echoes
 in eternity.” We say, “What you do in the kitchen echoes in your midsection.” It’s a simple truth: Do all the crunches you want, but if you’re not eating right, you’re not going to increase definition in your abs. Luckily, simplicity works both ways, and if you adhere to this meal plan—and keep up with your workout regimen (see the Spartacus Workout)—you’ll soon be confident entering any arena with your shirt off.


      1. Black Bean and Mint Quiche
      4 eggs
      2/3 cup low-fat milk
      2 tbsp oregano
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      2 tbsp olive oil
      1 tomato, diced
      4 tbsp black beans, drained and rinsed
      4 spears asparagus, chopped
      2 tbsp spearmint leaves
      Preheat oven to 375°.
      Mix eggs, milk, oregano, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
      Oil an oven-safe skillet and distribute half of tomatoes, beans, asparagus, and spearmint. Pour in egg mixture, then top with remaining vegetables and mint leaves. 4. Cook in oven until lightly browned on top, about 30 minutes, then serve.
      Fit Facts: 685 calories, 48g fat, 37g protein, 27g carbs, 7g fiber.

      2. High-Protein Yogurt Bowl
      1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
      1 cup low-fat, plain Greek yogurt
      1⁄2 cup almonds
      1⁄2 cup blueberries
      Stir protein powder into yogurt until totally combined.
      Mix in almonds and blueberries. Serve.
      Fit Facts: 753 calories, 44g fat, 57g protein, 39g carbs, 10g fiber.

      3. Egg and Vegetable Bowl
      2 tsp canola oil
      1⁄2 eggplant, sliced
      4 tbsp black beans
      2 tbsp red onions,diced
      1 parsnip, grated
      2 spears asparagus,chopped
      1 tomato, diced
      3 eggs
      Salt and pepper to taste
      Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Throw in all vegetables and sauté, stirring frequently, until eggplant is golden brown. Remove from skillet.
      Add eggs to skillet and scramble with a spatula until cooked.
      Add cooked veg- etables, toss with eggs, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
      Fit Facts: 558 calories, 25g fat, 29g protein, 60g carbs, 19g fiber. Bonus: Eggplant contains high levels of chlorogenic acid, a potent antiviral, antimutagenic antioxidant that fights free radicals and can lower LDL cholesterol and prevent healthy cells from mutating into cancer cells.


      1. Lemon and Herb Chicken
      ½ chicken
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      1 tsp oregano
      1 tbsp lemon juice
      ½ parsnip, peeled and diced
      ½ cup brown rice
      ¼ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
      Preheat oven to 400°.
      Rinse the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.
      Grease a baking tray and lightly brush chicken with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and lemon juice.
      Place chicken
on baking tray
and bake until it browns, about 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°. Cook for additional 20 minutes per pound of chicken.
      Insert a meat thermometer into a thigh. It’s ready when it’s in the 165–180° range. Remove from oven and allow to rest for five minutes.
      Bring an inch of water to a boil in a medium skillet over high heat, add parsnips, cover, and boil for 10 minutes. Mash with a fork.
      Cook rice according to package instructions and combine with parsnips and beans. Serve alongside chicken.
      Fit Facts: 990 calories, 16g fat, 109g protein, 97g carb, 10g fiber.

      2. Salmon Avocado Pita
      6 oz salmon fillet
      2 tsp olive oil
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      2 tsp oregano
      ½ cup brown rice
      1 whole-wheat pita
      ½ cup baby spinach
      ¼ avocado, sliced
      1 tbsp onion, diced
      Heat a nonstick skillet on medium for 5 minutes. Drizzle both sides of salmon with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook 5–6 minutes a side.
      Cook rice accord- ing to package instructions.
      Warm pita for
15 seconds in microwave, then layer spinach, rice, salmon, avocado, and onion. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.
      Fit Facts: 972 calories, 31g fat, 61g protein, 112g carbs, 11g fiber.

      3. Big Bison Wrap
      8 oz bison steak
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      1 tbsp canola oil
      1 clove garlic, minced
      2 spears asparagus
      1 small sweet potato
      1 whole-wheat tortilla
      1 small tomato, diced
      Rub steak with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in broiler for 4–5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. Cut into strips.
      Pour oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds before adding asparagus. Sprinkle salt to taste, then cook, stirring often, for about three minutes.
      Prick potato a few times with a fork and microwave
for 4 minutes, turn over, then cook for another 4 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes and then mash with a fork in a bowl.
      Warm tortilla in microwave for 
15 seconds, then spread potato over one side. Top with steak, asparagus, and tomato. Fold and serve.
      Fit Facts: 740 calories, 35g fat, 65g protein, 44g carbs, 7g fiber.


      1. Bison with Sweet Potato and Asparagus
      1 tbsp olive oil
      1 tbsp red onion, diced
      ¼ cup mushrooms, sliced
      1 clove garlic, finely chopped
      8 oz bison steak
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      5 spears asparagus
      1 sweet potato
      Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cook until soft, then add mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, then set contents aside.
      Season bison with salt and pepper and sear one minute each side in skillet. Reduce heat to low, add onions, mush- rooms, garlic, and asparagus. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, turning steak every 2 minutes.
      Prick potato a few times with a fork and nuke for 10 minutes, flipping it at the 5-minute mark. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, then cut open and season with salt.
      Top steak with mushroom mixture. Top sweet potato with asparagus and serve on side.
      Fit Facts: 607 calories, 33g fat, 60g protein, 15g carbs, 4g fiber. Bonus: Bison meat has 75% less fat than lean beef.

      2. Liver Curry Stir-Fry
      2 cup lentils
      4 tbsp solid coconut oil
      ½ onion, chopped
      ½ cup cauliflower, chopped
      2 tsp curry powder
      ½ lb chicken liver
      Combine lentils with 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
      Heat a skillet (or wok) over high heat until smoke appears. Add one tbsp coconut oil and allow it to melt halfway. Add onion and cauliflower
and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add 1⁄2 tsp curry powder, stir for about 20 seconds, then remove mixture from skillet.
      Add remaining coconut oil to skillet, allow to melt halfway, then cook liver, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add remaining curry powder, toss, then add onion and cauliflower mixture. Toss again and serve immediately over lentils.
      Fit Facts: 970 calories, 67g fat, 65g protein, 31g carbs, 10g fiber.

      3. Grilled Salmon over Brown Rice
      1 tbsp canola oil
      8 oz salmon fillet
      Salt and black pepper to taste
      2 tsp oregano
      4 spears asparagus
      ½ cup brown rice
      1 tbsp lemon juice
      Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
      Season salmon with salt, pepper, and oregano and cook 5–6 minutes per side.
      Add asparagus to skillet, sprinkle with salt, and cook until bright green, about 3 minutes.
      Cook rice according to package instructions.
      Serve salmon over rice and top with asparagus. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve.
      Fit Facts: 901 calories, 34g fat, 71g protein, 76g carbs, 5g fiber.


      1. Fig and Nut Trail Mix
      1 cup dried figs
      ½ cup dried cranberries
      ¼ cup walnuts
      ¼ cup pistachios, shelled
      2 tbsp spearmint leaves
      Mix all ingredients thoroughly and serve.
      Fit Facts: 828 calories, 35g fat, 14g protein, 134g carbs, 19g fiber.

      2. Dark Chocolate Bark
      12 oz dark chocolate
      1 scoop whey protein powder
      ½ cup pistachios, shelled
      ½ cup raw almonds
      ½ cup dried cranberries
      Line baking tray with parchment paper.
      Break up chocolate and place in microwave-safe bowl. Nuke at 50% power (medium) and stir every 30 seconds until fully melted. Stir in whey protein powder.
      Stir half of nuts and cranberries into chocolate, then pour chocolate onto baking tray to desired thickness. Sprinkle remaining nuts and berries. 4. Refrigerate until firm and then break into pieces. Makes 6 servings.
      Fit Facts: 468 calories, 27g fat, 12g protein, 47g carbs, 7g fiber. Bonus: Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of at least 65% can enhance skeletal muscle function, according to a 2012 study carried out at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

      3. Victory Platter
      1 cup red grapes
      ½ cup walnuts
      ½ cup low-fat cheese
      2 tsp honey
      6 oz bison steak, grilled and sliced
      Arrange items on a plate, drizzle honey over cheese, and serve.
      Fit Facts: 890 calories, 46g fat, 81g protein, 46g carbs, 6g fiber.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition...-gladiator-abs
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. mkretz's Avatar
        mkretz -
        where are some of those macros coing from???
      1. csb82's Avatar
        csb82 -
        Hi any chance u have a diet plan for someone that works 50+ hours a week has a young child and including going to the gym 5 times a week simply doesn't have time to make things like this? My diet is awful mainly because of lack of time so I seriously need help. Thanks Chris
      1. jorgealonzo's Avatar
        jorgealonzo -
        Originally Posted by csb82 View Post
        Hi any chance u have a diet plan for someone that works 50+ hours a week has a young child and including going to the gym 5 times a week simply doesn't have time to make things like this? My diet is awful mainly because of lack of time so I seriously need help. Thanks Chris
        Do you have time at all during the weekend to prep your food for the week? That's your best bet. Takes me like1-2 hours for me every Sunday. If you really want results you have to prep.
      1. csb82's Avatar
        csb82 -
        Yer I should do, good idea thank u
      1. superbot's Avatar
        superbot -
        Yup .. make all ur meals on your day off and always have tub of protein powder on hand for a couple of shakes a day.. and ur set for the week. Hell yeah..
      1. officefat's Avatar
        officefat -
        I buy flash frozen veggies and a couple pounds of cooked chicken breast for emergency meals. Sunday I cook 4-8lbs chicken breast and 6 cups of mixed wild rice, lentils, and black beans. Thus, Monday-Friday is covered for two lunches(1 breast, 3/4 cup rice/beans, 1.5cup veggies) and then occasional work interfered dinners.

        every week I don't prep food is a week I miss meals or eat bad meals.
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