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Abs Diet

The 6-week plan to flatten your stomach by David Zinczenko.

BACKGROUND Start the Diet Now Advertisement

Envy is a powerful emotion. When we browse through magazines at our local bookstore, the fitness covers with rock-hard washboard stomachs make us jealous, and if we're lucky, motivates us to get fit. One of the best-known culprits is Men's Health Magazine and its army of cover models with perfect midsections. If you want to get beyond the jealousy, the magazine’s editor-in-chief David Zinczenko has vowed to help you turn the page and help put you side by side with those cover models. Creator of The Abs Diet, Zinczenko gives you a six-week plan to flatten your stomach and get lean for life.

PRO
  • Abs Diet promotes a healthy diet with regular exercise
  • Not a fad diet
CON
  • Only one chapter deals with getting toned abs, the rest covers how to eat sensibly
  • May appeal more to men than women
  • Claims of expected weight loss may be exaggerated

Effective marketing and truthful assertions often come to a head with companies selling health products. The Abs Diet makes a few claims that aren’t malicious, but let’s just say stray a little from the truth.

For example, the site says "turn fat into muscle." You can give them some slack by saying that they only intended it figuratively. But in actuality, fat doesn’t magically turn into fat. They are two separate things.

Also, they say that it's "guaranteed to give you a flat stomach and great physique in just 6 weeks." It's a nice marketing slogan, but just a little simplistic. Someone who is, say 15 pounds overweight, will have an easier time getting there than someone who is 100 pounds overweight. And the latter person will not have a trim waist in 6 weeks.

And finally, it says "Lose 20 pounds or more - from your belly first!" Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as spot reduction, so you can't pick and choose where the weight comes off.

DIET and NUTRITION

The Abs Diet includes a well-outlined eating plan that has you eating three meals each day with a small snack two hours prior to each. So there’s no starving involved. The website has interactive software and graphic illustrations of recommended exercises.

Meals consist of lean proteins, low-fat dairy, whole grains, protein powder, minimal fats and lots of green veggies. Each mini-meal will include a balanced proportion of carbohydrates, fat and protein.

EXERCISE

The Abs Diet includes an exercise program that promises to help you burn fat while building muscle. The exercise program consists of exercising 30 minutes three times a week. Over time, you'll increase your physical exercise, by weight-training the main muscle groups like the back, chest and legs, in addition to 30-45 minutes of light cardio.

CONCLUSION

The Abs Diet promises that by adhering to the Abs Diet program, you'll transform not only your abs, but your life, in six short weeks. With motivation, healthier eating and physical activity you'll be on your way to a healthier you. The Abs Diet will help prevent illnesses including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and osteoporosis by encouraging a diet rich in fiber, calcium and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

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(Page 1 of 2, 31 total comments)

Heather

I first tried this diet in 2010; lost 35 pouds and continue to keep it off! Bravo abs diet, you have opened my eyes to how important it is to make a lasting lifestyle change where diet and exercise are paramount. I had a muffin top and thunder thighs or monstrous proportions. Bottom line, I was on my way to developing type 2 diabetes; not only because of my diet filled with fried and processed food, but because the disease runs in my family. My mom is 66 years old and living in a nursing home. She can no longer walk because of the three strokes and heart attacks she had as a direct result of diabetes. I am 38 years old and am in the best shape of my life. Thank you abs diet for women, you have literally saved my life!

posted Oct 16th, 2011 10:59 pm


CHOCOFOOL

i like the sound of the diet part of this, are the workouts tough though?

posted Sep 23rd, 2011 4:25 pm


Hahaha

For those of you saying you lost five lbs in one week, you need to get your scale checked or you're weighing yourself at the wrong time of the day... If you eat 2000 Calories per day, you'd have to burn at least 4500 calories per day, which is what the average pro athlete burns.

posted Jun 4th, 2011 5:26 pm


Claire

I have been on the Abs Diet for women for 3 days and have put on 3lb !!! Why why why ??

posted Feb 15th, 2011 4:18 am


Randy

Great diet. I lost 80 pound in 10 months.
Very easy to follow and good tasting food.

posted Nov 2nd, 2010 4:48 pm


Nicole

Whatever you do, do not join the website. I did and can't get out of it. Meanwhile, I am running up a bill and struggling to get it canceled. The diet could be amazing, but the customer service rivals a cell phone company. Thumbs down on this waste of money!

posted May 20th, 2010 5:16 pm


marleneanchia

please help me i want 2 know more about diet that help2 improve your abs and legs

posted Feb 5th, 2010 12:00 pm


kathyb

I signed up using the FREE MONTH TRIAL, but was charged for the next three months in advance (a charge of $45.50). When I decided to cancel my trial membership after 3 weeks, I was told that my membership would be cancelled, but I would not receive a refund of my advance payment. After some heated discussion, and being put on hold for about 20 minutes, I was told that I would receive a PARTIAL refund of $40.44! So, buyers eware...it is NOT a free months trial!

posted Jan 29th, 2010 10:06 am


steph

i did this diet for maybe three weeks and lost ten pounds and have yet to put those ten pounds back on so the weight does stay off..

posted Jan 19th, 2010 6:12 pm


jenn

hi..i was on this diet a couple of months back and lost many lbs and never felt hungry.. the holidays blew that for me.. lol.. but this is a wonderful way to eat and lose weight at the same time.. i was wondering if anyone could help me find more recipes???? not burnt out on the others but would love a few ideas.. thanks !! jenn

posted Jan 8th, 2010 10:20 pm


Mark K.

Started book last night. Got me thinking. I'm 55. But I got one question. I'm allergic to fish, and nuts. My body doesn't like either. So that takes a LOT of protein away. How should I compensate?

posted Jul 7th, 2009 10:58 am


Alyssa Lee Parker

I don't know where you are coming from with many of the statements. It does not sound at all like you have read the book, or you would have hardly anything negative to say about it. No, there is no such thing as spot fat loss, but you can prevent your body from storing excess harmful fats over your stomach. Its not so much a diet as it is a food reality check. This book explains why additives in processed foods cause you to gain weight, and how super foods help your body rather than wreck and ravage it. Personally, I am very, very happy that I read this book, it was one of the most useful tools I have found in the search for truly healthy living and eating. Before starting the abs diet, I was already at a low weight, 125 (I'm very petite and small framed). But I have always had weight on my midsection, abs and hips. Just by picking foods that were better for my body and doing the extremely easy work outs, I lost ten pounds (significant for my size), and my mid section gained a toned and healthy look for the first time in my life. Not only do I get compliments on how good and healthy (not starved) I look, but I feel amazing physically. I can tell that my body and midsection are stronger, I can feel it in every day normal activity. My body did not go through drastic harmful starvation (skipping meals or losing crucial nutrients) diet either, I am always full because I eat so much of the right stuff. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who cares about their health in any aspect, from acne to diabetes, you name it.

posted Apr 17th, 2009 6:36 pm


Anonymous

I am interested in starting this diet however I cannot seem to find how much it is a month. Does anyone know?

posted Apr 6th, 2009 11:33 pm


Lauren

I love that I get to eat more times a day and still lose weight. Ive lost 10 pounds so far and I already feel so much better. Ive tried so many different diets before and this is the only one that has actually worked so I would reccommend it to anyone.

posted Feb 18th, 2009 6:28 pm


Taylor

I have only been on the diet for 4 days, but today I was feeling heavy like the diet wasn't working or that I ate too much. I just weighed myself and weigh 2lbs less! This diet is great and I feel real good about eating healthy foods.

posted Jan 29th, 2009 8:35 am


TREY

I like it alot, just not sure what to eat and can I run?

posted Jan 2nd, 2009 8:37 am


John

The Abs diet is the best diet I have found. At 43 I have the best abs and flattest abs of my life. The food is good, so I have made this a lifestyle change. The cool thing about this diet is you get one cheat meal a week, so I can feed my mexican food addiction each week.

posted Nov 11th, 2008 4:46 pm


lyn

i know it's a bit premature, cos i have only started the diet for about a week. but i have lost 5 pounds. The exercise routines are important. I actually feel more toned. There are a variety of exercises to choose from, so I'm not bored of it (yet). But the ABS Diet most definitely cuts down on cravings :)

posted Nov 3rd, 2008 10:14 pm


jackie

great diet! I love abs diet for women

posted Oct 7th, 2008 12:37 am


Jodi

My boyfriend and I have been following the Abs Diet for just over 6 months and it has dramatically changed not only our waistlines, but we feel better and have tons more energy. I have now lost 50 lbs and am in the best shape of my life. I find that this is a real common-sense diet - which makes it easy to plan meals and order at restaurants as it desn't rely on counting points or have any "rules" to memorize. I found it super easy to follow and encouraging because we started to see results with a few weeks. That being said - if you aren't prepared to do the excercise portion of this diet - it is very unlikely that you will lose any weight - as it is designed to provide your body with fuel for those workouts.

posted Sep 4th, 2008 8:23 am



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