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The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide Paperback – December 9, 2004

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A portable companion to the larger Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life, this friendly little guide fulfills several purposes. First, The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide condenses the "power foods" recommended by the diet--a nutritionally sound mix of lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruit and monounsaturated fats--into easy-to-read lists that will help with daily purchasing habits. Second, a number of "Abs Diet Endorsements" are included to help you make proper food choices, even if you're grabbing lunch from a vending machine or food court. Lastly, it offers up a tidy handful of new recipes for wraps, snacks and smoothies along with a short-n-sweet workout. In other words, it supplies everything you need from a diet book to manage the diet on a day-to-day basis.

The casual hanging-with-the-boys style could be your favorite thing about it, or what drives you crazy. Phrases like "Skipping breakfast is like arguing with the cops; there's absolutely nothing good that can come out of it" can either help reinforce the basics or just make you want to get far, far away from the rest of the jokes, such as, "Oatmeal is the Bo Derek of your pantry--it's a perfect 10".

The ultimate goal is uncovering your own six pack, and benefits like lower blood pressure seem less important than waist size. There's something to be said for to-the-point surface goals, but your attitude about image will likely determine your attitude about the book's usefulness. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

Author DAVID ZINCZENKO is Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health and author the New York Times bestseller The Abs Diet with Ted Spiker.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (January 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862380
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend this book. If you are overweight, and want to do something about it, this book has the information you need to change your life for good. Know though that this is not a "diet" - it is a dietary strategy. A way of life. One which - if you embrace it, will change your life forever in very positive ways.

My personal testimony: I am 6' 2" tall and 35 years old. My weight has been over 250lbs for the last few years. But I have a large frame, and my body type is primarily mesomorphic, with a strong endomorphic influence. This means I have a good deal of muscle mass and definition, but have also always carried a significant amount of fat. Anyway, my BMI was about 31 and my body fat was over 30%.

That is technically obese, though I neither felt nor looked it. I would tell people how much I weighed, and they never would believe me.

So I carried the fat well, thus I didn't particularly care. I idly thought about doing something about it. I bought the main book of this series (to which this book is a supplement) last year, but it sat on my shelf collecting dust.

Until two months ago. On March 2nd 2006, I went to the doctor's for my checkup. I got on the scale. It tipped. 263lbs. Then my blood pressure: 200/100. That's right. 200/100. Nice round numbers. I've had slightly high blood pressure for years. Always 140/80 or less. Nothing too dramatic. This new reading blew my mind. I wasn't scared, just astonished. I had it taken again that afternoon, and it came out at 169/90. I was officially suffering from hypertension.

The old clich?d wake-up call. I had been eating a lot. Not poorly, I hardly ever eat junk or processed food. But richly.
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There are a few things that all my patients who lose weight and KEEP IT OFF have in common (all made pracitcal by following the instructions in this book). I'll list a few of them below (I specialize in metabolism, endocrinology (hormones), and sexual function and have treated several thousand patients for weight loss):

1. They don't count calories for very long. Maybe as an educational exercise but eventually the maintenance plan must be easier.

2. They spread their calories out over the day (most American's eat most of their food after about 2pm...a recipe for obesity)

3. They don't go hungry. they may experience hunger but usually eat as much as they want when they do feel hunger (not whatever they want). Most people don't do well with daily, persistent, hunger.

4. They eat at least 5 times a day (small, frequent meals avoid hunger and fat storage by keeping insulin levels low).

5. They get adequate exercise. This is more important than the diet. If you follow the instructions in this hand guide (better I think than the hardback book version of the diet) you'd be walking somewhere between 20 to 25 miles per week. Unfortunately, that's about what's required for most people (not starting but working up to). That's about 30 to 60 minutes per day depending on whether you walk or jog or something in between. Most won't make time...hence 70% obesity in this country.

You'll find a few more tips listed on my review of the original hard-back version of the book. This is the diet of choice for now. No one does it perfectly. But, persist with increasing walking about 10% per week and keep learning more about application of the diet and you will eventually find your best weight.

--Charles Runels, MD

Author of "Anytime...for as Long as You Want: Strength, Genius, Libido, & Erection by Integrative Sex Transmutation (A 15-Day Course for Men to Improve Life and Sex)
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I read the first Abs Diet and had good success with it, so I got this one for the recipes since I wanted more meal options than they had in the first one. So far, I've tried 6 or 7 of them and so far they're all great. Lots of recipes (all easy) for meals, smoothies, snacks, restaurants, with good nutritional advice. Tons of info about eating, especially for the price!
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The Abs Diet itself is not revolutionary -- it tells you the same thing any other non-fad fitness book will tell you: eat small meals throughout the day, reduce fat (especially saturated fat), favor complex carbs (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) over simple carbs (sugar and starch), and get lots of lean protein. The exercise recommendations, likewise, are fairly typical, but any good fitness book will provide a reasonable workout program. I am not following the "Abs Diet" program per se, but my own fitness and diet regimen is almost identical to it. So, why did I buy this book?

First, it gives you a helpful list of 10 "power foods" you should eat plenty of. Start including more and more of these in your diet, and cutting out the fat (especially trans-fat) and sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup) and you are already eating a vastly healthier diet.

Second, it gives you a long list of restaurant/fast food selections that are healthy, or at least less unhealthy than the alternatives. (Personally I avoid fast food altogether and I now know enough about nutrition that I don't really need the guide, but for people just learning about what's healthy to eat and what's not, it's nice to have a side-by-side comparison saying "Buy this and not that.")

However, the reason I really like this book is that it has a bunch of easy, lean, filling recipes that I use over and over! These are very easy "guy" recipes requiring simple ingredients and not much time, and they are surprisingly delicious.
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