Last Updated on May 11th, 2020
Let me start by saying that getting a defined stomach and abs (like in the picture above) is directly related to your body fat levels…which means how healthy you are eating.
You can do all the ab exercises in the world, but if you don’t lose the fat covering your abs, you will never see them.
And the best way to lose that fat is, of course, through your diet (ideally combined with a good workout program).
This is why I wanted to share with you the best female diet plan for abs and getting lean in general!
First of all, let’s start with the type of foods that you should be incorporating into your diet to slim down.
FOOD TO FOCUS ON TO GET A FLAT TUMMY AND ABS
1. EAT MORE PROTEIN PACKED FOOD
I have talked about why you need protein for fat loss in a previous post (it also discusses if eating more protein will cause your muscles to bulk up).
One of the best things about eating protein is that your body actually burns more calories digesting protein than it does digesting carbs and/or fats.
So, here are some foods that are great sources of protein:
- Poultry – chicken & turkey
- Lean red meats – avoid fatty cuts, deli meats, and minced/ground meats
- Fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
- Protein powder – whey or vegan protein (hemp, pea, etc)
- Nuts and seeds – walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc.
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
2. AVOID TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES
One of the issues that people have when cutting carbs is the lack of fiber.
Most high fat and protein foods don’t contain fiber – it is mostly in the carbs.
And you need fiber for many reasons – the main ones being that it helps with hunger (trust me, I’ve made this mistake and neglected fiber – it makes such a difference!) and keeping you regular.
So, make sure you’re eating healthy and fibrous sources of carbs.
Best sources of fiber include:
- Fruit (focus on berries if you’re sticking to low carb: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
- Vegetables (starchy carbs in moderation, so avoid potatoes, corn, and beans)
- Whole grains in moderation (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, whole-grain breads)
3. UP YOUR HEALTHY FATS
Fats are high in calories, which is why people have been scared of eating them in the past due to the popularization of high carb, low- fat food.
The truth is- healthy fats are extremely good for you and will actually help you LOSE fat.
They help with the production of hormones that regulate your metabolism, they help your body burn fat as fuel, they help protect your vital organs, and they have LOTS of other bodily functions.
And, most importantly for every diet regime- fats will make you feel full. That’s why a lot of people that switch to high-fat food actually stop being hungry often.
Here are some sources of healthy fats:
- Oily fish such as salmon, trout, tuna
- White fish
- Nuts and nut butter
- Coconut, avocado, macadamia and olive oil
LEARN YOUR BODY TYPE SO YOU CAN FOCUS ON THE RIGHT TYPE OF DIET FOR YOU
If you really want to get those abs, I would also highly recommend you to find out your body type.
This is super important since different body types lose weight and build muscle differently.
I have created a special Body Type Quiz that will help you learn your body type in just 2 minutes. And it’s completely free 🙂
FEMALE MEAL PLAN FOR ABS – WHAT SHOULD A WOMAN EAT TO GET ABS FAST
The most effective diet for abs is definitely a low carb diet, which is why I’m going to make this meal plan low in carbs to help you lose weight quicker.
But I have written another blog post on the recommended macronutrients for each body type so have a read of this!
To work out your ideal calorie intake, read this blog post.
The calories and macros for this female meal plan for getting abs are:
- 1500 calories
- 25% carbs (x grams)
- 45% protein (x grams)
- 30% fat (x grams)
I have made the meals quite simple and (hopefully) they are easy to prepare. You can always change it up a bit, but make sure you keep the calories and macros the same.
Note: If you’re normally not eating a lot of salty food, make sure you up your sodium intake a bit (add extra salt on your meals or drink more broth). When you go low carb your body will start shedding extra sodium and water weight as your insulin levels go down.
OK, so let’s get to the food!
EXAMPLE OF A WOMEN’S MEAL PLAN FOR GETTING ABS QUICKLY
Brekkie: Protein Smoothie
Lunch: Chicken satay and green veggies
Dinner: Salmon with veggies
If you’re looking for snacks as well, try sticking to hummus and veggies.
For recipes for each of these meals, check out the table below.
Breakfast: Protein smoothie
Lunch: Chicken meatballs with pesto zucchini noodles
Dinner: San Choy Bow
Snacks: Banana muffin (click for the recipe)
Breakfast: Chia Pudding
Lunch: Cashew chicken stir-fry
Dinner: Steak and vegetables
Snack: Nut butter and feel free to add on some berries
And if you’re looking for some healthy snack ideas, read my blog post here.
TRY INTERMITTENT FASTING
I am a bit fan of intermittent fasting for getting lean faster, so I wholeheartedly recommend it for dropping body fat.
That said, it’s not the right fit for everyone so make sure you track how you feel and find an eating window that suits your body and lifestyle.
THE BEST WORKOUTS FOR GETTING TONED ABS & LEAN BODY:
3 STEPS TO LEAN LEGS PROGRAM
I should also mention my 3 Steps to Lean Legs Program.
It is an 8-week workout program that includes full-body resistance training and the right type of cardio for your body type.
This program is tailored for you and your body if you’re aiming to slim down your legs, get toned abs, lean upper body…without getting bulky in the process!
Here is a snippet of one of my full body workouts from 3 Steps To Lean Legs:
3 Steps to Lean Legs Program also has a complete 8-week meal plan because I know how important nutrition is to losing weight and changing your body shape.
If you want meal plans like this for 8 weeks (and no 2 days are the same!) then have a look at my program. I’ve also included a Vegan Meal Plan for all my plant-based lovelies!
Everything is there for you! xx
Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.
After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.
Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.