The Abs Diet

  • by David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
  • Narrated by Eric Conger
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.
Or you could spend just six weeks with David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine, on The Abs Diet, an easy and effective program for everyone that is helping thousands of people lose weight, flatten their guts, banish post-pregnancy bellies, and become healthier than they ever thought possible.
What's more, once on this revolutionary new diet you'll look and feel better than ever without deprivation dieting, counting calories, measuring foods, worrying about confusing phases, or ever feeling hungry!
Sound impossible? Let David Zinczenko prove it to you. As Editor-in-Chief of the world's most important men's magazine, Zinczenko has devoted his career to helping people improve their lives through the latest and most well-researched health, nutrition, and exercise information available.
Now, in his national best seller, Zinczenko reveals his infallible formula that works for both men and women.
The Abs Diet is the best, last, and only diet and nutrition plan that you will ever need.

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What the Critics Say

"Rational recommendations for a realistic diet plan....Best of all, this book tells readers why it works: increase your body's metabolism, gain some muscle, and fat burns away. The authors make this seem like a fresh and very attainable ideal." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not really within six weeks

I have been following this diet and workout program religiously. I Have seen a huge difference in my arms, but not so much in my abs. Still, my entire body looks more tone and I have pictures to prove it. Not bad for someone that sits at the computer nearly all day. I have gone from a weight of 175 to 164, but that is over a span of 4 months, not six weeks. I have lost at least an inch in my waste and butt. The program requires at least one day of intense workouts, or your progress will be slow. You must workout 4 times a week while you mange 6 small meals. You must run for 30 mins every other day, too.

The food takes much longer to prepare than what is described in the book. They aren't sophisticated meals at all, but it still takes over 15min for most meals, even the smoothies. The background given about food types is helpful enough to guide you towards making something more interesting. The meals in this guide are for men with little time or cooking knowledge. Your wife will make fun of you when you breakout the peanut butter and celery sticks.

The PDF guides are hard to follow. For the diet section, I wished there was a grocery list, and a better example of daily meals.
The exercise guides are good, but it will take you a few mins to look up the matching exercise that correspond with the audio. It can get frustrating. The information is scattered between 5 PDFs which makes it hard to follow along at first. However, after a month, you'll memorize the moves.

You will spend more time and money at the grocery store than you had before. Keeping up with 6 meals a day may be daunting at first, but you learn how to manage it, in time and cost. I never realized that my weight problem was due to NOT eating enough and regularly. For the diet and exercise information included, this book was well worth the time.
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- Christian

A lifestyle you can live with

Started the Abs Diet just before Thanksgiving. Six weeks later (around Xmas), I had lost about 20 lbs of fat and gained 5 lbs of muscle. Went from 200 lbs to 185 lbs, even through the holidays. I did it pretty religiously for the 6 weeks, including the three 30-minute strength trainings per week and the optional 30-minute aerobic sessions per week. Now that the 6-week portion is over, I strength train for 30-40 minutes once or twice per week and run or swim for 30 minutes once or twice per week (three days of something each week). I have lost an additional few pounds, and a total of 1-2 inches off my waste.

What about the diet? It is basically low fat and high in protein and fiber. You eat three meals and three snacks per day. You get one "cheat meal" per week, where you can eat anything (pizza, beer, ice cream, etc). Once you are done with the 6-week session, you go to one "cheat day" per week. I didn't find it all that restrictive. No restriction on carbs like most popular diets. Everything is very reasonable and doable. The portion control is simply "keep in within the dimensions of your plate, and put a height restriction on it".

There are some additional paper-back books and web resources they offer to further help, including more recipes, exercises, and advice on what to choose when you eat out to help keep your fat intake down.

I have found it to be a very practical and doable lifestyle diet, something that I can live with over the long haul and not feel like I am missing anything.
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- Rob S

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2005
  • Publisher: Rodale, Inc.