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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)

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  • Christian
  • Fairfax Station, VA, USA
  • 05-07-06

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.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Now it all makes sense

What a fabulous book! I have been working out for almost a year on my own and have seen results, but have been frustrated in the time it's taken to accomplish specific things. Reading on my own about protein intake, amino acids, and various other supplements had me pointed in the right general direction, but 'The Abs Diet' has given me so much more insight! This is a great book for filling in the gaps between all the general information out there, and thoroughly explains WHY these various things are important in each phase of your weight loss process. This book is extremely well written and well narrated. It feels like you're talking with one of your workout buds who has ALL the answers. If you've been struggling with finding those lost abs, or are just looking for it all to make sense, I can't recommend this book any more highly!!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Taking the Mystery Out Of Fitness

This is an excellent listen, and look forward to hearing the unabridged. It comes with eight PDF files you'll want to download that illustrates exercises, and shows recipes. The exercises are ones that can be done at home using barbells, dumbbells, and body weight. With shelves filled with womens fitness books and DVD's. It's nice to finally see a fitness book geared towards men, though this program still can apply to women as well. This is not just a trendy diet, but a long term fitness program. I ended up ordering the book as well for a referencing, as well as the DVD. This audio book gets all five stars from me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • PerthAustralia
  • 10-17-05

Thorough and complete

This book has an amazing amount of depth and clarity. The author has covered as much as you need to know about the plan, and it really gives you all the confidence in the diet to follow it. Very sensible and logical diet.

Just one caveat, you won't get in shape by listening to this audio book, you have to actually put in a little effort and change some eating and exercise habits. The reason why? Because this is a very sensible book which uses general nutrition knowledge that our society seems to have forgotten. Listen and learn America and watch your flabby stomach transform from one round ball which over hangs your belt, to a flat washboard which looks great!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very motivating!

I began the plan before I finished the book. In my first week I listened several more times. I went on to purchase the Abs Diet Online. While that's been good, it doesn't exactly match the exercises from the book. Not terrible, just a time-waster. Now, I'm in full swing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Waste of time

Why such high ratings? I think these reviewers are related to the authors in some way. Most of this audiobook is telling you how good it is and what it is going to tell you. This is a book from the owners of Men's Health magazine,which is a good magazine, but this tells you nothing new and endless rants about themselves and how bad other diets are. In the audiobook its hard to fast forward to the helpful bits(about 10 mins worth). Maybe in print you can just flip through the pages. Basically its eat protein, exercise more, frequent meals .... heard it before? Yep, of course you have.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bert
  • Sanford, FL, USA
  • 11-06-08

Too the point

Most self help audio books go on and on for many hours saying nothing. This one is much better. The author has done a good job of stating what you need to do, how to do it and why you need to do it. The information is accurate, the meals are easy and his premises are sound. I listened the first time straight thru to the end. I plan to listen a second time to make sure the information sinks in. I highly recommend to those who are at least a little more than a begginer to dieting and working out. The combination of the two is what will make you a success, not just one or the other.

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  • Ricardo
  • Massama, Portugal
  • 08-16-08

Lots of Useful Information - Good Value for Money

I do not owe many books on this subject of dieting and exercise, though I do read when ever possible articles on the subject.
I liked this book for it introduces to the concept of muscle building in order to burn more calories, plus comparing different dieting programs and lots more practical information in it.
In fact, I ended buying also the readable book version because it comes with exercise pictures and also out of curiosity I wanted to compare the difference between using an audio and a readable book. I do enjoy both reading and audio experiences. Though in my particular case I find it more practical to enjoy an audio book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • brooklyn park, MN, USA
  • 01-29-06

Skip this if you're a woman...

The narrator is definetely speaking to a male audience - if you're a woman, do not bother, - especially if you're easily offend. The attempts at humor are sophomoric and crass.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • anochmohr
  • 02-23-16


If you're serious about your health and fitness then this is it, wish I'd found it 20 years ago listen to it every day and I know the recognisable changes to me.

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  • RDW
  • 06-23-17

Interesting book, enjoyed it.....

.....will definitely do more research on the issues and suggestions raised and check out the website.