The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide

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Smart Eating Choices 每 Made Simple!

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE CHANGED THEIR BODIES 每 AND THEIR LIVES 每 with the help of The Abs Diet, the New York Times bestseller from David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men*s Health magazine.

The principles of The Abs Diet are simple: Eat more healthy food 每 six delicious meals a day 每 and crowd out the bad stuff that*s making you fat. The Abs Diet has been proven to strip off 10, 15, even 20 pounds of flab 每 from your belly first 每 in six weeks or less.

Now, Zinczenko makes eating smart and healthy easy with this eye opening portable weight-loss manual, THE ABS DIET EAT RIGHT EVERY TIME GUIDE. This on-the-go guide pinpoints the foods you should choose to burn away belly fat no matter where you are 每 at home, in the supermarket, even at the fast-food counter. And it reveals the hidden killers that are adding inches to your waistline and taking years off your life!

Discover these amazing weight-loss secrets:

Should you toast a bagel or an English muffin? Did you know that making the wrong choice will cost you 150 extra calories?
What*s healthier 每 a bean burrito or a taco salad? Would you believe the healthy salad will pile 130 more calories onto your plate?
Which will make you fatter 每 a Whopper or a Big Mac? You*ll be stunned to discover the shocking truth!

Learn why a hot fudge sundae is a treat you should eat, why potato chips are better for you than french fries, and why Swiss cheese is three times healthier than Cheddar.

You don*t have time for complicated plans or fancy recipes. In THE ABS DIET EAT RIGHT EVERY TIME GUIDE, Zinczenko tells you how to strip away belly fat in every situation 每 from the frozen food aisle to the deli, from a five-star restaurant to the drive-thru. On-the-go eating doesn*t have to end up on your gut.

A portable companion to the larger Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life, this friendly little guide fulfills several purposes. First, The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide condenses the "power foods" recommended by the diet--a nutritionally sound mix of lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruit and monounsaturated fats--into easy-to-read lists that will help with daily purchasing habits. Second, a number of "Abs Diet Endorsements" are included to help you make proper food choices, even if you're grabbing lunch from a vending machine or food court. Lastly, it offers up a tidy handful of new recipes for wraps, snacks and smoothies along with a short-n-sweet workout. In other words, it supplies everything you need from a diet book to manage the diet on a day-to-day basis.

The casual hanging-with-the-boys style could be your favorite thing about it, or what drives you crazy. Phrases like "Skipping breakfast is like arguing with the cops; there's absolutely nothing good that can come out of it" can either help reinforce the basics or just make you want to get far, far away from the rest of the jokes, such as, "Oatmeal is the Bo Derek of your pantry--it's a perfect 10".

The ultimate goal is uncovering your own six pack, and benefits like lower blood pressure seem less important than waist size. There's something to be said for to-the-point surface goals, but your attitude about image will likely determine your attitude about the book's usefulness. --Jill Lightner

Customer Reviews:

  • Great material.
    I would recommend this book to anyone not looking to 'diet'. But to become an informed eater!...more info
  • compact
    Everything you need to make the right choices in a compact, portable size. You can easily take it with you wherever you go....more info
  • I've lost thirty-two lbs. of fat in ten weeks.
    I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend this book. If you are overweight, and want to do something about it, this book has the information you need to change your life for good. Know though that this is not a "diet" - it is a dietary strategy. A way of life. One which - if you embrace it, will change your life forever in very positive ways.

    My personal testimony: I am 6' 2" tall and 35 years old. My weight has been over 250lbs for the last few years. But I have a large frame, and my body type is primarily mesomorphic, with a strong endomorphic influence. This means I have a good deal of muscle mass and definition, but have also always carried a significant amount of fat. Anyway, my BMI was about 31 and my body fat was over 30%.

    That is technically obese, though I neither felt nor looked it. I would tell people how much I weighed, and they never would believe me.

    So I carried the fat well, thus I didn't particularly care. I idly thought about doing something about it. I bought the main book of this series (to which this book is a supplement) last year, but it sat on my shelf collecting dust.

    Until two months ago. On March 2nd 2006, I went to the doctor's for my checkup. I got on the scale. It tipped. 263lbs. Then my blood pressure: 200/100. That's right. 200/100. Nice round numbers. I've had slightly high blood pressure for years. Always 140/80 or less. Nothing too dramatic. This new reading blew my mind. I wasn't scared, just astonished. I had it taken again that afternoon, and it came out at 169/90. I was officially suffering from hypertension.

    The old clich?d wake-up call. I had been eating a lot. Not poorly, I hardly ever eat junk or processed food. But richly. Lots of cheese, desserts, bread, salt, sugar, second and third portions... no breakfasts. And wine. And gin & tonic. And bourbon. All very yummy stuff.

    I was - to put it bluntly - a fat gluttonous hypertensive lush.

    I went home that evening and resolved to change. I took the main book of this series off the shelf, and read it. I went out and bought a small notebook, which I christened my food journal. I recorded everything I put in my mouth for about a month. I began simultaneously phasing the principles in this book into my life.

    I eat five small meals a day, 3 or at the most 4 hours apart. Each & every food choice is a deliberate one. I make the best possible choices I can, every time, knowing that each thing I put in my mouth is making me healthier and leaner. I've stopped drinking alcohol & most other caloried drinks all together. I bought a blender and have begun drinking smoothies. I eat loads of good, substantive food. Tasty food. Whole grains. Vegetables, berries & fruit. Nuts. Lean proteins- fish, chicken & beef jerky. Healthy fats like olive oil and avocado paste.

    And my bodyfat has simply melted - metabolized - inexorably away. Very gracefully. I counted calories, protein, carb & fat percentages for a few weeks (which this plan does not recommend, but I felt was important for me, just so I could get a sense of what I was eating) - but did no formal exercise at all. I have been active - walking a lot (I always take stairs, do a lot of yard & house work, etc.) but have not gone out of my way to exert myself. No running. No lifting. None.

    It's been just over two months on the plan. I've bought a very good scale and blood pressure monitor, and have kept daily track of my progress.

    Today is May 11th, 2006. I weighed in this morning at 231 lbs. That's a loss of 32lbs, to date. My blood pressure is 127/80. It hasn't been over - or even really near 140/90 - in weeks. I'm still losing fat at a rate of about two pounds a week. I can feel my body burning it away. I feel so much better - almost euphoric at times. And I'm eating all the time. Several small portions of simple but tasty food, every three hours or so. I drink water and lightly sweetened iced tea all day. I am rarely hungry, and when I am it means it is time to eat.

    I am not doing this for aesthetic reasons, but people have noticed - particularly girls - and I got to admit it's gratifying. When I finally cut my six-pack - which I expect to do by the around the end of the summer, with a little exercise - it is going to be sweet. I still have about 30lbs of fat to lose.

    So, this is the deal: if you want to know how burn fat without destroying your metabolism and losing muscle, buy this series. It will require significant permanent changes in your life, probably, but the results will more than compensate. You will like what you eat, you won't starve, and you will lose fat and become healthier. It is win win win, requiring just a bit of self-awareness & discipline. Anybody can do it.

    This book - almost a booklet, really - is the core of the plan. It details the dietary rules, and provides very quick & simple, good tasting recipes. I would say that you could buy this, and not bother with the other, main book and you'd have all the information you need. This book has far more recipes, and all the essential nutrition information. It's also much smaller, and so very portable - easily slipped into a glove compartment, book bag, purse, or even pocket. What it doesn't have is the workout plan. But the workout is secondary. Nutrition is over 80% of the game here.

    Upshot: Buy them both, but this is to my mind the more helpful of the two.

    So go, learn the principles & eat with deliberation. You will not regret it. Good luck.

    Addendum: November 13, 2006:

    After a summer of partial laxity during which I hovered in the low 230's (never exercising, and thus not cutting that six pack) I re- engaged fully in August, began sporadically exercising and lost another fifteen pounds, weighing in now c. 218 lbs. I've been lifting three days a week the last three weeks- the differance has been pretty immediate & dramatic.

    This plan really is simple, and easy. Like I say, simple good choices, consistently made. Your reality today is just an accumulation of millions of choices. Make 90% of them well, and you will get good results. Forgive yourself for your failures, choose to be decisively slack, re- affirm your goals, and you will progress.

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  • Compact version of "The Abs Diet" + a Grocery List
    The author spends a decent amount of time re-hashing what was said in the first book, but then gets more in depth with a grocery list, recipes, and good choices when eating out. I would recommend either book since you don't really need both unless you are really trying to get into it full force. This book has marginally more info, and the biggest difference between the this and the original is that this one expands on the eating plan somewhat substantially while minimizing the focus on physical exercise.
    The greatest advantage I find with this book is that it packs the most information in the smallest amount of space which would make it a more convenient guide to carry with you.
    I'm not sure about the people who think this book isn't as helpful as the original, but I don't have the Abs Diet Power 12 memorized yet and wish that I had this book with me when I went to the grocery store earlier today. ...more info
  • Great information for very quick fat loss.
    This is an awesome book. The Abs Diet is perfect in the way that the diet is very easy to follow and very healthy and clean. If you follow it by you can get excellant results. ...more info
  • get the first book skip this one
    I found this one usless. If you need or have time to follow recipes it might be better but I gave this one away....more info
  • The Perfect Diet
    This diet is so easy to follow! There are plenty of different foods to choose from so it's not restrictive and doesn't get boring. Plus the recipes in the book are super easy to make (trust me, I'm domestically challenged and I can still do it). And who doesn't like to eat six times a day? I give it a big thumbs up. It's working for me!...more info
  • excellent guide to change your life!
    I started by accident when I stumbled on this book about one year ago.

    I had just decided it was time to do something about my health. I had just joined the gym at the time too.

    I read the book and did everything he suggested/recommended and it worked like a charm.

    My body fat melted away at the rate of 1-2 lbs per week. In 8 months I lost about 40 lbs of fat and brought my body fat down from a starting point of 24% to the current 9.5% !

    I have never been this fit in my life. I am 52 yr old male. I do incorporate the activities at the gym 3 times per week , as I have for the last year.

    I can eat like this for the rest of my life.

    He gives quite a few basic nutrition facts and how-your-body-metabolizes food information presented in a very fun, and simple manner.

    The best part- no calorie counting, no counting carbs, etc. Just food and portion awareness. I eat 5-6 times every day.

    The hardest part for me was remembering to eat throughout the day in the beginning.

    If you are serious about doing something good for your health and fitness, this book is a great way to go. It opened my eyes.

    Boca Joe...more info
  • This stuff works!
    Just wanted to write a quick review and say this stuff works! It's really not a hard diet to stick with, and there are no overly complicated charts or overly weird foods to eat. The once-a-week cheat meal makes sense too. I started at 152 and have lost 7 lbs. since starting 1.5 months ago.

    I also like the fact that the diet integrates an exercise regimen into its plan, unlike some of the weird diets out there.

    The plan also encourages foods that will bring out your abs and minimize hunger. Before, I looked skinny at 145. Now, I have a great figure to be proud of.

    I recommend this to anyone who wants to lose weight and see their abs....more info
  • Abs diet fan
    This is an excellent book which covers diet as well as a variety of easy to follow exercise programs. ...more info
  • Great Little book, gets right to the point
    This book is written very well and gets right to the point about weight loss. I have tried almost all of the other diets only to lose weight and gain it back shortly after. Abs diet is not really a diet but a new way to live and eat. No counting calories or making carbs the enemy. Give this book a try, it's an easy read with lots of good ideas....more info
  • I'm on the fence
    On the one hand the book has inspirational stories of others success, recipes, shopping guidelines, meal ideas, and a quick summary of the Abs Diet plan. On the other hand it's a summary of the Abs Diet.

    I think it's helpful, it is small enough to keep in a person or briefcase for daily reminders. I just don't know if it's necessary.

    If you need the extra boost and motivation, okay, then I think you should get the Eat Right Every Time Guide. Initially I thought it would be more of what to eat at every opportunity guide. That's not really what it is. There is some of that in there, but that is not the whole book and it isn't easy to navigate the book to get the information you want fast enough....more info
  • The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
    This book is excellent , definitely would buy it again.....more info
  • Life Improvement
    First time in a very long time I was able to pin point points from the book to assist me with my daily diet on surviving to be the fittest.I really do advise everyone who needs guidance to pick up a copy and see how easy it is to read,understand and find out what you didn't know....more info
  • Best smoothie recipes
    i'm am a big fan of all of the abs diet books but this one is one of my favorites! i have the hardest time when it comes to the food part of a diet and exercise program and this book has so many wonderful and new recipes in it that it gave me the opportunity to really change up my menu and stick to the program. the best part of this book to me is all of the smoothie recipes!! i love using smoothies as a meal suppliment and these recipes are so good and easy to make!!...more info
  • Eating Out...
    And I don't just mean the ladies... ;) Great guide to help you stick to the diet if your out and aboot. ...more info
    These book, has great recipes as a complement to "The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm Up Your Body for Life"
    These is the pros BUT: it has some cons...if you live outside the states
    (I live in Argentina) it's really difficult to follow 80% of the recipes, because most of them have products, that are nonexistent elsewhere but USA.

    Besides that, the diet is great, for people who -at least can have a food Mixer at work. It has six meals a day, which is great, but also needs lot's of planification.

    SO, if you live on the USA, don't hesitate about buying these book, is great! If you don't think it twice!...more info
  • easy to use
    This book is great and you don't need any other book to do the abs diet. Good recipes and suggestions. male or female can use this book...more info
  • The Abs Diet and eating right...
    The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
    The book is helpful, informative, and easy to follow - even with a very busy lifestyle. I recommend it to anyone who doesn't feel they have the time to eat healthy. The home recipies are good, and you are provided with a list of known restaurants and eateries so you know what to choose when dining out. Mr. Zinczenko and Mr. Spiker also provide a full nutritional chart for every item listed and a shopping list. It's not a book you will put in your bookcase and forget....more info
  • Awesome
    I have been working on my baby belly for almost 9 months but I wasn't eating right. I saw this book for less than $2 so I bought it. It's like a food bible. I love it!...more info
  • easy to use
    This book is great and you don't need any other book to do the abs diet. Good recipes and suggestions. male or female can use this book...more info
  • The ABS Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
    I really like this book. I have a crazy schedule and this helps me to be on track. I can make these easy and tasty recipes and freeze them. My schedule differs every week, so this makes it a no brainer for being on the go. I highly recommend it to anyone. I would say its not a "diet" as much as it is healthy food choices. The food is good and they sustain you. ...more info
  • The Perfect Companion for a Great Book - They helped me lost more than 200 lbs in a Healthy Way
    This is the perfect companion for the The Abs Diet Book.

    Buy this book only if you already have read the "ABS Diet" Book.

    In this light and handy book, identify the foods you should choose to burn fat from your belly. It includes 765 best on-the-go food choices, easy and quick to prepare meals, and a complete "Supermarket survival guide", with tips on what products can kill your progress by adding inchest to your waistline

    You eat more frequently, you eat consciously, and you exercise. It works !!! This plan keeps your metabolism at maximum speed all day long. I eat more than I ever ate before, and I have been able to keep in good shape.

    I was able to lost more than 200 lbs, I have been able to keep in shape for more than two years. I am in the best shape of my life thanks to The ABS Diet.

    The really important thing for me is not just that I look great, but that I feel great and that I am healthier than ever.

    Don't take my word, try the ABS diet and I am sure that you will get the results that you expect. Just stay in the plant until it becomes habit. !!!

    Another tools you may want to consider, to complement this book and your strategies for boosting your metabolism, loosing weight, and even more important keeping that weight off are:

    - A Body Fat Monitor or Scale. This will help you monitor your progress, to assure that the weight you are loosing is fat (fat lost = increased metabolism) and not muscle, water or bone mass (decreased metabolism).
    - A Heart Rate Monitor Wrist Watch. This is an excellent tool that will help you monitor and control your Heart Rate in order to keep yourself in a burning fat state (increased metabolism).
    - "Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss", which is another very practical, readable and insightful book, focused on how to boost your metabolism.
    - "The Hard Body Guide". Excellent strategies, programs and workouts, aimed to increase your muscle mass.

    ...more info
  • Great Book
    This book has really great information on how to eat out and not have to worry if you choose the best food. It tells you what is healthy at hundreds of resturants. It also Has great recipies for smoothies. ...more info
  • Buy it for the recipes!
    The Abs Diet itself is not revolutionary -- it tells you the same thing any other non-fad fitness book will tell you: eat small meals throughout the day, reduce fat (especially saturated fat), favor complex carbs (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) over simple carbs (sugar and starch), and get lots of lean protein. The exercise recommendations, likewise, are fairly typical, but any good fitness book will provide a reasonable workout program. I am not following the "Abs Diet" program per se, but my own fitness and diet regimen is almost identical to it. So, why did I buy this book?

    First, it gives you a helpful list of 10 "power foods" you should eat plenty of. Start including more and more of these in your diet, and cutting out the fat (especially trans-fat) and sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup) and you are already eating a vastly healthier diet.

    Second, it gives you a long list of restaurant/fast food selections that are healthy, or at least less unhealthy than the alternatives. (Personally I avoid fast food altogether and I now know enough about nutrition that I don't really need the guide, but for people just learning about what's healthy to eat and what's not, it's nice to have a side-by-side comparison saying "Buy this and not that.")

    However, the reason I really like this book is that it has a bunch of easy, lean, filling recipes that I use over and over! These are very easy "guy" recipes requiring simple ingredients and not much time, and they are surprisingly delicious. I make mini-pizzas with whole wheat pita bread and nonfat ricotta cheese, tenderloin steaks cooked with raspberries and garlic, three-bean ground turkey chili (I just throw everything in a crock pot overnight), chicken wraps, "Alfredo" pasta (actually salmon and nonfat/lowfat ricotta cheese), and lots of other things from this book that I would never have thought of on my own. They are all high in lean protein and complex carbs, low in fat and sugar. The section on smoothies (great for breakfast or post-workout) is worth the price alone -- I never thought of all the things you can combine in a blender. (If you exercise heavily and need added protein, you can just use more protein powder than the recipes call for, and I reduce fat by using skim milk or nonfat yogurt instead of lowfat.)

    This little book is a great, convenient size. I keep it in my kitchen all the time. The rest of the book is nice, but I bought it for the recipes and keep it around for that reason. (The cover is also made of thick heavy stock, which is nice since it resists damage from water and food splatters.)...more info
  • Doesn't feel like a diet
    This is a great pocket sized book full of info on how to shed some pounds. The best part about it is that it does not feel like a diet-you even get to eat ice cream! There are a lot more recipes in here than in the original Abs Diet book, also a guide to eating out including fast food options. ...more info
  • Abs
    Excellent you an outlook on changing your eating habits that is not your typical diet. A way to change your way of eating for life....more info
    Although this book has the entertaining, commercial banter found in men's exercise magazines, (it was, after all, written by the editor-in-chief of Men's Health Magazine) it is required reading by anyone who wants to know how he (or she) can lose weight, develop more energy, and eat healthier - to start with.

    A fun read, the main crust of the book focuses on the best foods to eat to lose that spare tire and maintain a healthy body.

    The book implies that you will get a six pack by following it, and that is misleading. This book is not a primer, just a portable, easily referencable book to several foods and recipes that are healthy and full of nutrients.

    It just so happens that the foods that the author recommends fit nicely into an acronym, spelling out his name for his food group staples. A coincidence?

    Again, being a nutritional book and written by someone who is not a doctor, I don't believe that whey, milk, or eggs should be included in the Power 12. Researchers and scientific studies have shown that the effects and benefits of those is a contoversial issue, and may or may not contribute to a six packed set of abs, let alone contribute to one's overall health.

    I'm also wondering if extra whey powder, as one of the 12, was simply included to appease all the Men's Health advertisers.

    Overall, a sharp, witty publication that offers much helpful advice and (mostly) ab-smart information.

    ...more info
  • Abs Diet
    Great and easy diet to be on. Also great tips on dining out....more info
  • Everyone must read this book!
    Since receiving this book in the mail only a few weeks ago, I have read it cover to cover, highlighted and underlined key ideas, and referred back to it dozens of times. The author writes in a simple, yet entertaining tone using lots of humorous metaphors. The information about the foods we eat it priceless, the recipes are easy and delicious, and the food guide for eating out has come in handy already. I've even changed my regular workout schedule to accomodate the one suggested. I feel like I am now in the best shape of my life. This book has everything! I have already recommended it to several friends and family members....more info
  • The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
    Excellent purchase. This book helps you understand that "good" things to eat when you dine out and what not to eat! It was amazing some of the facts found in this book. I would highly recommend it!...more info
  • Abs-olute nutrition.
    I live in Boulder, Colorado, the center of the fitness universe, where body fat is considered a physical disability. I hike, run, cycle, spin, do yoga, and work out daily. Six months ago, I started the "Abs Diet" with the objective of losing weight and trimming my stomach. I also adding moderate weightlifting to my workout routine. Although it really hasn't seemed that I'm "dieting," has it worked?

    Ninety-five percent of all diets to fail. The Abs Diet (as set forth in "The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life") is not a fad. It doesn't require calorie counting or eliminating whole food groups from your diet. It is about achieving abs-olute fitness through sensible nutrition, powering up the metabolism (the body's natural fat burner) by eating six meals a day of twelve Superfoods that include almonds and other nuts, beans and legumes, spinach and other green vegatables, low-fat dairy, oatmeal, eggs, turkey and other lean meats, peanut butter, olive oil, whole grains, extra protein (whey), raspberries and other berries, avoiding processed foods, sugars and trans fats, while getting into the habit of working out. The "diet" not only allows for two or three alcoholic drinks a week (for me, red wine), but also cheating once a week by eating anything you want (yes, that even means pizza, buffalo wings, or ice cream). Other recommendations include eating smaller meals without starving yourself, drinking smoothies, and drinking water instead of high-fructose sodas. By increasing the body's metabolism and gaining some muscle, the Abs Diet promises to burn that fat away, resulting in a longer, healthier life, better sex, and a stronger back. The Abs Diet is not so much a "diet" as a common-sense nutritional approach to achieving total fitness.

    This guide is a portable companion to the "Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life." It details the "power foods" recommended by The Diet, and includes "Abs Diet Endorsements" for proper food choices and recipes for wraps, snacks and smoothies. The guide is a smart, entertaining, and useful supplement to the "Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life" that promises to keep its reader lean for life.

    G. Merritt...more info


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