The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
David Zinczenko & Ted Spiker
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The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
David Zinczenko & Ted Spiker
176 pages
December 2004
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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If you want to discover a simple diet plan designed to help you lose weight and chisel your abs, or if you helped to make David Zinczenko’s previous book, The Abs Diet, a national bestseller and want a quick recap of the plan, then you will welcome the publication of The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide. This is a pocket-sized abridged version of the bestseller that boils down the plan to its basic elements. A cover-to-cover read which should not take more than an hour or so will give you the concrete information you need to follow the plan along with just enough scientific information and motivation to compel you to give it a try.

As a starting point, you will learn the six core components of the plan which require followers to

  1. eat six meals a day
  2. make start food choices (explained below)
  3. drink smoothies compromised of these same food choices
  4. stop counting calories since it leads to a sense of deprivation and the abandonment of the plan
  5. pay close attention to the intake of empty calories found in alcohol, soda and fruit drinks, and
  6. eat what you like (but only one day a week) to increase the likelihood you will follow the plan for an extended period of time.
The eating component is surprisingly flexible and centers on "ABS DIET POWER" and the groups of food choices each letter represents. Specifically, your six daily meals should contain at least two of the selections: Almonds and other nuts, Beans and legumes, Spinach and other green vegetables, Dairy (fat-free- or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese), Instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored), Eggs, Turkey, and other lean meats, Peanut butter, Olive oil, Whole-grain breads and cereals, Extra-protein (whey) power, and Raspberries or other berries.

Once the fundamental plan is explained, the focus shifts to provide guidance on eating meals outside of your home. This information is particularly useful because it offers concrete, specific and practical advice that you can actually use. Specifically, it researches specific menu items at major fast food chains and suggests which items represent the most detrimental food choices, as well as which ones represent the lesser of two evils. For example, it explains that while a jelly-filled doughnut may not be an optimal choice with 210 calories and 8 grams of fat, it represents the lesser of two evils when compared to an old-fashioned cake doughnut that has 300 calories and 19 grams of fat. Along these same lines it suggests you order steak fajitas with salsa which contains 860 calories and 31 grams of fat, as opposed to a rack of ribs which has 770 calories (notably few calories) but has 54 grams of fat. The book also provides a limited selection of recipes and guidance on exercises that target the abdominal muscles.

I am generally skeptical of abridged versions and pocket-sized diet guides since they generally rehash the same information and offer little to readers other than an additional cost. This is particularly the case with abridged versions of bestsellers when authors realize the majority of their captive audience have purchased the book and therefore must find new ways to capitalize on their ideas. Fortunately, this is not the case with this guide since David Zinczenko delivers exactly what the title promises: a nuts-and-bolts guide to the plan that includes all you need to know to start it, stick with it, and see dramatic results. The presentation of this information in the clear and concise The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide, make it a great investment, regardless of whether or not you already have already invested in its predecessor.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lori West, 2006

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