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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.

©2004 Rodale, Inc. (P)2005 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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)

What members say

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Not much new.

What would have made The Abs Diet better?

The information that was presented did not require this much time. Most who did not know would enjoy.

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Directed toward MEN but relevant for all

Where does The Abs Diet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Useful information.

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

Nice voice. Easy listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Information is dense at times and easier to absorb in more than one sitting.

Any additional comments?

The author makes sexualized comments throughout the book. As a woman, I felt like I was overhearing comments a guy would make to another guy in a locker room setting. Besides that weird piece, I liked the book and the information. I will listen to it again and again.

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  • mary
  • mesachie lake bc, BC, Canada
  • 03-05-13

Excellent book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Well-narrated and interesting. Good suggestions which I am following, for example: metabolism remains higher after working out in bursts followed by periods of rest, when compared with a session of steady-state exercise, like jogging at the same pace for the same length of time.

Also, a person should eat as soon after exercising as possible so that the body doesn't break down its own tissues to build up the muscle. Both the nutrition section and workout section were very good and motivating.

What other book might you compare The Abs Diet to and why?

The Zone books by Barry Sears, because of the great discussions on diet and exercise and how they relate to each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

The one I wrote about above.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Not that kind of book - I felt informed.

Any additional comments?

I've read many books on nutrition and this book compares quite favourably with them.

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  • Mark
  • HIGH BRIDGE, NJ, United States
  • 02-27-13

Accompanying PDF files are incomplete

Would you consider the audio edition of The Abs Diet to be better than the print version?

for me yes, I'm more of a listener than a reader

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nutritional facts

Did Eric Conger do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

n/a

Any additional comments?

As I explained, the accompanying material for the audio book "The Abs Diet" is incomplete. Several times in the audio book, it states that the diet plan and recipe PDF files are included and obtainable as accompanying material at the Audible website. When you click on the PDF link under the book title in "My Library" there are seven (7) PDF files but they are ALL for the exersize plan. Please advise us where or how to obtain the diet plan and recipe section of this book. Thank You,

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  • David Alan
  • Greenville, KY United States
  • 02-21-13

Sounds Like it Really Works

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A quick, easy listen. Covers a lot, but pin-points clearly what you need to hear!

Would you recommend The Abs Diet to your friends? Why or why not?

This a seems to be a balanced approach that provides rational explanation for recommendations with "testimony" of realized success.

What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

Presentation sounded a bit like a safety or sales training video, but over all, had great pace and tone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Close. I listened while driving long distance, several interruptions and over night turned off.
Other wise, contiguous listening.

Any additional comments?

Goofy music was unnecessary and the "Audible" hope you enjoyed tag is silly and poor quality, cheapening the product.

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  • Joe Sparks
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 01-06-13

Good overall, but WRONG PDF for MANY MONTHS

A comment from April 2012 below syays: "REALLY NEEDS THE CORRECT PDF"

I didn't care so much when I bought the book, but now that I have read it, I really want the recipes, shopping lists, charts of which kinds beef cuts are best, and so on, things the are NOT SPOKEN IN THE BOOK, but are refereed to over and over in the book "JUST READ THE PDF TO FIND X. and GET THE PDF ON AUDIBLE TO SEE WHY.."

As has been brought up before, the PDF attached to this title in my library, is the PDF that belongs with the companion book "The Abs Diet Personal Trainer," which is nothing but exercises for that book, and none of the information promised in this book.

This has been commented on and audible has been contacted about for at least ONE YEAR that I can tell, and nothing has been done about it. I may actually use the Audible's return policy for the first time.

As for the book itself, I enjoyed the basic information about food interactions, how calcium can block fat production, and dozens of other practical details. However, as some have noted below, the author delays the information with yet another story about how great the diet is, and some pretty bad jokes. I think after the diet was outlined, someone made the decision to pad the thing with a big heaping of lameness to push it up into the "actual book length" size.

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Good science; takes forever to get to it

Would you try another book from David Zinczenko and Ted Spiker and/or Eric Conger?

Unless I absolutely felt as though I could not get the needed info elsewhere, I would not repeat another of David's horribly-crafted metaphor-ridden reads.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Am listening to Wayne Dyer

Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Conger’s performances?

Don't think so....he had trouble with some basic pronunciation.

Did The Abs Diet inspire you to do anything?

Slight changes in what I eat and timing. Most of the science and basics I already knew.

Any additional comments?

I already know how to bash other diets and authors, should I be so callous to do so.

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This Diet Plan Works - Convincing and Proven

Where does The Abs Diet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#1...

Any additional comments?

I read this book a few years ago on my commutes to work. It changed the way I lived until I got sick and stopped working out. Getting back on track now with it and am looking forward to losing all of the weight again!

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  • DONALD
  • United States
  • 12-06-11

Just what I needed

As a new comer to the diet and exercise scene this book was just what i needed. I've already implemented many of David's recommendations, particularly the diet portion.

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  • Marvin
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 11-17-11

Great information

Wish I had this when I was much younger. Very good read/listen to. Would suggest it to anyone trying to lose some fat. I've implemented this for the most part and I am amazed on how full I feel all the time. I realize a lot of my eating is out of something to do. I am so glad I am not a smoker I would never be able to quit