The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko (Editor of Mens Health magazine) has been a very popular book.
It is quite similar to Bill Phillips’ Body For Life, and aims to get people thinking of the whole picture – strength training, cardio, as well as eating right.
The Abs Diet has now gone online – offering a subscription based program with a selection of excellent tools.
They currently have a Free 10 day trial (but nowhere could I find the ongoing costs of the program).
Can It Really Produce a 6 Pack?
The Abs Diet has been expertly marketed by Rodale (who also market the South Beach Diet). It has a lot of good sensible advice (eating 5-6 times per day, whole carbs, good fats). It is very strong in providing clear workout plans (many with an emphasis on abdominal muscles).
However, it does stretch things a bit with the claim on abdominal fat.
Lose Extra Pounds and Inches: With belly fat coming off first.
Unfortunately fat tends to come off where it will (often like layers peeling off an onion).
Anecdotally, it seems to come off in the opposite way it goes on. If you get a fat tummy first, that’s usually the last place the fat will exit from. The Abs Diet also has other claims such as “…you’ll convert fat to muscle”. Fat is burned off, muscle is built – perhaps that’s what is implied.
The Abs Diet 12 “Power Foods”
- Almonds and Other Nuts eaten with skins intact.
- Beans and Other Legumes
- Spinach and Other Green Vegetables
- Dairy: Fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese
- Instant Oatmeal: Unsweetened, unflavored
- Turkey and other lean meats. Lean steak, chicken, fish
- Peanut Butter – All-natural, sugar-free.
- Olive Oil
- Whole-Grain Breads and Cereals
- Extra-Protein (Whey) Powder
- Raspberries and Other Berries
A great selection of foods that the author has cleverly selected and arranged to spell the word “ABSDIETPOWER”.
Nothing really new in the Abs Diet – but you wouldn’t go too far wrong by having either Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, Body For Life, or The Abs Diet in your collection.
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