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Eat everything. Concentrate on whole grains. Drink milk. Balance protein with carbohydrates. Avoid processed sugars. Do some exercise. The idea that a diet book making such proposals comes as a pleasant surprise shows just how far afield we've gone in the search for new ways to be fit. The only thing new about this diet by the editor-in-chief of Men's Health is its name, and this, one can presume, is because nowadays, a book simply called "Sensible Eating" wouldn't sell. The book's title is indeed misleading; only the final chapter deals solely with abs. The rest is full of rational recommendations for a realistic diet plan: eat more and smaller meals; have oatmeal in the morning for a nourishing breakfast; don't starve yourself; drink plenty of water; and stay away from sodas and foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Whether readers will, in the end, walk away with abs of steel is not really the point. They'll control their weight in a healthy way, without counting calories, cutting out whole food groups or supporting the beef futures market. 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.
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The Abs Diet is a sensible eating and exercise plan, not a fad diet. The Abs Diet Powerfoods and the Abs Diet Workout are designed to make you fit, healthy, and lean for life. --Heidi Skolnik

The Rock, movie star - A must read for anyone who is serious about building a healthy body and changing to a healthy lifestyle. Most diets are based on gimmicks that set you up for failure; this is the first program I have seen that promotes a lifestyle change that anyone can live with. --The Rock

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862168
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

DAVID ZINCZENKO is the New York Times bestselling author of Cook This, Not That! and The New Abs Diet. He is former editor in chief of Men's Health. Once an overweight child, Zinczenko has become one of the nation's leading experts on health and fitness. He is a regular contributor to ABC News and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, 20/20, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Customer Reviews

I love the eating plan outlined in the Abs Diet book.
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The really important thing for me is not just that I look great, but that I feel great and that I am healthier than ever.
David De Sousa
The Abs Diet is a great book for any reader looking to loose weight and build lean muscle.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Christina Schindler on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have NEVER read a book that has inspired me to become HEALTHY like this one has. I needed to diet and was in a major diet "rut!" The best thing about his plan is you really dont feel like you are on a diet. It is all about getting your body healthy. I am going on my third week of the plan and I have lost 6 pounds and my body feels much tighter. My whole outlook is better because I am not starving myself with some crazy diet or eating a bunch of crazy foods that other diets recommend. This is SO easy to follow that I will incorporate my entire eating lifestyle based on his plan. This is not just 6 weeks for me this is how I will live my life. If I can do this, please beleive me ANYONE can. Don't let the author being a Mens Health" editor deter any women from this plan, I am a woman who is enjoying this plan to its fullest extent and trying hard to get my husband to conform. All in all 6 STARS from me!
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jan's Info on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like the fact that the authors explain how things work in our bodies (how protein intake relates to the increased metabolism resulting from the workout, and to the muscle growth; which foods are good for metabolism; which of them aid in weight loss or lowering cholesterol levels). Although the idea of having six meals a day does not always fit my busy schedule, the one of snacking with fruits and/or nuts between main meals does seem to be effective in my case. What I like most about the book is the well balance diet that does not exclude any food groups. I am a great believer in the nourishment based on natural foods and The Abs Diet fully supports this belief. Dr. Tombak in the book "Can We Live 150 Year" farther explains proper food combination and its effect on our bodies. For that reason his book is a very good addition to The Abs Diet.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on July 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Calorie controlled diets are the most scientifically valid diets. Less calories in, plus cardio = weight loss. The problem with this is that we generally loose fat and muscle at the same time. However, very low-calorie diets are beaten by the body after two to three weeks. The body learns that you are starving down and so starts to conserve fat. You can even eat half the allotted calories per day and watch as you stay the same weight and look like you have the same fat (and you do). Combine cardio and you can loose it all eventually (fat and muscle) but at least you lost the fat. Hard, but it can be done. Although this backbone of dieting is important, actually very important, and works, you can't start eating bad again or else you will put it all back on. You can't stick with a very low-calorie diet forever either without repeating this process every time you put on fat. In general this isn't a bad way to go about getting fit, especially if you are obese and fed up with that fat. This traditional method will rip the fat off for at least 3 weeks and get you down a bit. Then the low-carbohydrate diet is the next obvious choice to get down even more, like the Atkins diet. Low-carb diets limit what you eat so that you find it hard to eat and what you do eat doesn't convert to fat quickly. Lots of foods with medium to high carbohydrate levels vanish from your menu and so if you don't eat fatty foods on this controlled diet your body will continue to loose more weight. Combine this with the traditional method of a very low-calorie intake with cardio and you have a diet on rocket fuel. The problem though is that low-carb diets are very limiting, remove healthy carbohydrate foods that your body needs, and may even be considered dangerous by some experts.Read more ›
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Ramirez on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I usually am not the type to buy a diet book. As a matter of fact, I have only followed one diet closely for a number of years, and that has always been to eat everything in moderation. However, two years after my second child was born, I am fighting a layer of fat around my middle that will not budge - or, should I say, did not budge until these past 2 weeks. I have always been active...I run, I do martial arts, and I rarely ever sit down! However, my middle has been a challenge to keep lean. Upon reading this book I immediately employed several of the power foods into my diet. I began to eat flax, oatmeal, soy products, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, non-trans fat foods, and I have practically eliminated anything that comes in a box. I have honestly been much more satisfied. I actually am eating more than I was, I have more energy, I am losing weight in my middle (4 pounds in 2 weeks). I have NOT made any fruit smoothies, however. I actually do not like yogurt or milk so I have to get my calcium from other sources. I'm happy to say that the absence of these blender meals has not impeded my weight loss efforts. I think this is a very good book if you're looking to reduce your waistline. I also would recommend this book to all people, no matter how fit they may be. The foods are just way too good for you to only eat as "diet" foods. They should be a part of all of our lives. I don't believe you even have to follow the recipes. Frankly, I do not - I don't think the recipes are that good, and I love to cook so I am more creative than the author is with these foods. And, if you can be creative, you won't get bored and you'll remain successful! If you purchase this book, good luck and enjoy your results!
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