The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm Up Your Body for Life

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The New York Times bestseller now adapted specifically for women, shows how to achieve a flat stomach and great shape in just 6 weeks, and stay lean and healthy for life.

Drawing on revolutionary new weight-loss research, David Zinczenko, a leading health and fitness authority, developed The Abs Diet, the national bestseller that has been helping hundreds of thousands to lose pounds quickly and dramatically re-shape their bodies while maintaining the principles of a safe, healthy, and nutritionally balanced diet.

Now the Abs Diet has been tailored specifically for women’s unique needs. Packed with information developed exclusively for women, The Abs Diet for Women includes:

-the Abs Diet osteoporosis prevention plan

-tips on managing menopausal symptoms without hormone replacement therapy

-information on how the Abs Diet can prevent joint pain

-details on how the Abs Diet can improve female sexual response

-a postpartum workout for new moms

-a bonus stress-busting workout chapter that builds a fit body and a calm mind

Customer Reviews:

  • Not a good format for the Kindle
    I would not recommend purchasing the kindle version of this book. The charts are very small and unreadable and you cannot increase the size. From what I was able to read of the book, it's seems like basic common sense eating. Nothing earth shattering here....more info
  • Great Book!!
    Very good book. I already work out so I started working out right away. I didnt stick to the plan religiously but visibly saw a difference in my stomach. Easy changes to make to your diet and I still stick to them now. My new favorite snack is almonds....more info
  • The Abs Diet for Women
    My first Amazon order, I love this book, but it came Media Mail which takes WAY TOO LONG! Ridiculous. ...more info
  • Great gift to yourself and your body
    This book is a healthy, no-nonsense approach to eating and changing your lifestyle, not going on a "diet." If you can incorporate these 12 powerfoods into your eating habits and leave the junk alone, you will feel so much better. If is a wonderful gift to yourself and your body to change it for the better. I am a 47 year old female, and I have had 2 children. If I can tone my abs, arms and butt at this stage of my life, there is hope for all! I am especially proud of my arms. I love to show them off in the summer wearing sleeveless tops. Many women my age have those huge jiggly upper arms but mine are muscled to the point of curvy definition. Do the strength training 3 times a week to build your muscles and twice a week to maintain them. Any less than twice a week though, and you will quickly lose what you worked so hard to attain. Good luck! ...more info
  • Worth the read
    I have skipped around the chapters. This seems like a do-able approach to better eating and lifestyle for a mid-thirty something, that's me, who has taken on a husband, a new biz along with my full time job and a dog. Once I have the time I plan to lay out this in a calendar and utilize the eating program as well as the exercise... and of course once the snow stops falling in the northeast! I've already begun walking and the smoothies... more to come...more info
  • Worth the Effort
    This book details the way your body works in a way that everyone can understand. It doesn't sugar coat anything but at the same time offers you alternatives for a "no excuse policy". The book acknowledges that we are all human, so it gives you "optional" workouts and "cheat" meals. THIS IS NOT A DIET; it is a way of living healthily that makes you feel good and gives you the appropriate information to keep you looking and feeling good. I recommend Zinczenko's other book: The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide for more alternatives....more info
  • Reading it now
    I have started reading it. So far so good. Just wish I had more time to finish it. Would recommed it....more info
  • Lost 16 pounds in 3 weeks
    I was really commited to my diet, and I lost 4 pounds for 3 weeks. This is currently my fourth week, but so far I lost 16 pounds in four weeks. And the good thing is I didn't even starve myself. So now, I weight 105 pounds. I am very happy with this diet. Now I have to change my clothes and make myself more attractive that's why I also bought another book that I recommend How to be a Super Hot Woman: 339 Tips to Make Every Man Fall in Love with You and Every Woman Envy You Both books have helped me and now I am more confident than ever!...more info
  • Like this book alot
    this book is easy reading, helps you realize that you dont/shouldnt starve yourself to loose weight, take away foods that you like, but to modify them, eat healthier versions of what you like, add things you might not eat often. i think this is a great program, not "diet"....more info
  • The Abs Diet for Women
    I have never followed a diet before or cared to do so, but the Abs Diet for Women was easy to follow, provided great tasty recipes, and a simple work out plan you can do at the gym, or at home. It's easy to read with many humorous lines throughout... and I got weight loss results immediately! It's wonderful to have a healthy life plan designed just for women, and our specific needs and body target areas!!!...more info
  • One of the better diet books out there
    Overall, this book is full of good information, presented in an easy-to-understand format. The dietary recommendations are sound, advocating a balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbs with the majority of the diet coming from whole food sources. The only objection I had was to the use of chromium picolinate supplements - this substance has been shown in animal studies to cause cancer and there is not enough evidence to call it safe for humans. If you need it, chromium is found naturally in brewer's yeast and other foods. The exercises presented were excellent, with both gym and home workouts. The ab-focused moves range from beginner to advanced, and cardio and yoga exercises are also included for variety. I personally like the book's focus on improving health - weight loss is a natural secondary benefit of a healthy lifestyle. Reading was a bit choppy though, with vignettes scattered throughout, frequently in the middle of a paragraph, which makes you flip back and forth through the pages to catch everything. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I have followed some of the recommendations given. In 2 weeks I have already noticed results. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • The Abs Diet for Women
    The book is wonderful, it has information that is very useful. The exercises are simple yet at the same time they make you work to burn up the calories, the meals are very good; and if you follow the diet you can really notice the results....more info
  • It realy works!
    I lost 10 lbs the first 2 weeks, but even more important I have lost inches from my waist. I feel better. I do not feel like I am dieting because I am never hungry. And the recipes they have in the book may look a little odd sometimes, but they are really good. The only down side is the prep time for your meals each day, but hopefully that will come eaiser as I progress. I recommend it to anyone who is trying to lose their waistline....more info
  • Not overly impressed
    I have tried every diet book and plan on the market over the last 20 years. This is no revelation. Some interesting tidbits but over all the same thing. Diet and exercise. Gives you a great selection of exercises which I hadn't seen before in other books. ...more info
  • Love the "Abs Diet"
    My wife found the book very accurate, she love's the Abs Diet. she is so pleased with the results, what a differacne 6 weeks have made. The book was very informative, my hats of to the Dr. and Men's Health, what took us so long to find this information? . .Thank you!...more info
  • This is a great diet!
    I bought this book in mid-June and three months later I'm down 15 pounds and 8.5 inches. The diet itself is really just common sense - eat smaller meals that are made up of healthy, non-processsed food, but the combination of "Power Foods" helps boost your metabolism and build muscle, which increases the rate of weight loss. I can't imagine eating any other way at this point. This is no longer a "diet" for me - it's a lifestyle. The book explains how each of these foods fuels your body's weight loss, fight disease, and make you stronger and healthier.

    I will say that unless you are planning to have a baby soon, you really don't need the "women's" book. Save a few pennies and get the original Abs Diet book. The core principles are the same. ...more info
  • Nothing too new - calories in calories out
    For those of us who are constantly battling the weight demon, we already know what we are supposed to do. The book provides sound advice on nutrition and exercise. I have mainly used the book for some new recipes and is a good reference. ...more info
  • Good basic info but nothing cutting edge
    I think this book provides solid basic information for women looking to lose weight. Being a new mom, I especially liked the post-partum workout plan and info. But as someone who has followed lots of diets and been in the battle of the bulge for over 10 years, this book doesn't really provide cutting edge info. For more detailed and cutting edge information, I highly recommend "The Six-Pack Diet Plan" by Rehan Jalali and "The New Rules of Lifting" by Lou Schuler. These two books will set you straight! ...more info
  • A Good Redesign of a Great Plan
    A fair amount of people have complained that it is just a "retread" of the Abs Diet for Men. I own the men's diet books, have looked at this one, and for the record, there is new and different information in this book that is tailored to women. If you're happy with the first one, you may not need this book. But if you you don't own the original Abs Diet book and are female - especially if you are postpartum or want to know how it applies to specifically female concerns - then I'd suggest getting this book.

    First, many readers complained that the original books had the sort of "Frat house" air due to various comments. That does turn some women (and men) off. I believe that they took them out of this one.

    Second, men and women do have different physiques and hormonal balances. Men find it easier to lose weight due to their testosterone levels. Also, they just do not put so much weight on in the rear and hips, which women do. The women's version has additional exercises that target the thighs, hips and rear. Additionally, the book does have workouts for postpartum moms (granted, many women do not have children but for those who do, and who want to work out their abs, they need workouts that take into account the unique needs of this time) and talks about how to deal with menopause.

    The original book was occasionally mocked for being aimed at men - as though there are not numerous workouts designed solely for women. The author responded by putting out a book that tailored it to women. Fair enough....more info
  • Lots of good information but exercise is important too.
    The Abs Diet offers a lot of good common sense about how to eat healthy to effectively manage the waist line. As we're finding out, processed foods and sugar are a killer. Just as important for me, though ... I was able to better stick to a healthy diet when I was also exercising consistently - and that can be so hard, especially since I am a busy working mom. The best way I've found to prioritize exercise and to stay motivated is with a game called The Fitness Challenge Board Game. For me, it really is a combination of eating the right foods AND regular exercise to maintain my healthy goal weight on an ongoing basis....more info
  • I love this book! Very easy to read and understand!
    This book has so motivated me. I found it very easy to read, as if the author and I were sitting together having a conversation. It made dieting seem simple... as if it was a secret no one had ever told me about. You learn about food, and there are choices... it's not just depriving yourself. I highly recommend it for anyone who has struggled with weight loss. You won't be sorry! :)...more info
  • Great Book
    During my first year of college, I began to gain the dreaded "freshman 15". Let's just say by the time June rolled around, I was not ready for beach season, and I was looking for something simple to help me shed some pounds. I really needed something that was simple enough to where I didn't need to join a gym and didn't have to spend hours preparing meals.

    One early morning, I was watching the Today Show and they did a segment on the Abs Diet for Women. The author introduced the basics of plan and talked about some of the successes women have had. I then went on to research the book along with others, finally settling on this one.

    I am really happy with the book and the results thus far. In the first week, I lost 5 lbs. I also feel I have more energy and my skin even looks better from eating all of the frech foods. I have yet to have a bad meal as well.

    If you are a beginner in terms of dealing with proper nutrition and exercise like I was, then this book is for you. Hope you find it as helpful as I did!...more info
  • Best diet out there
    This book is great. It has recipes that are easy to make, exercises, and everything you need to know to lose weight and eat healthy....more info
  • Excellent book
    This book arrived just as described--in great shape. It is a superlative guide to diet and exercise with marvelous illustration....more info
  • i love this book
    i'am 6 weeks into the 6 week diet and it did make a difference in my abs
    i was working out quite consistently for 2 years but not getting the results i wanted.this diet helped me get closer to my goal....more info
  • shockingly wonderful!
    I had a friend who had tried the Abs diet before and lost about fourty pounds.She also went to the gym seven days a week,so ofcourse I figured that's what was making her weight drop.BUT I decieded to give it a try and after the first week I lost two pounds and only worked out about 3xs for 20-30 minutes.This book isnt a diet per say,it's all the things you would want to know about what works for you body or against it.And it gives you a totally new perspective on what you are eating and how it will affect you,and what you can eat to take its place that tastes the same or totally better. This book is deffinetly worth reading.whether you choose to follow it or not,atleast you will now what is good for you....more info
  • It's OK
    I thought the book has great information, some not really a plan. I need to follow a well rounded, layed out plan and this was not it. But I did like the exercises in the book even though it's not clear when to do them.....more info
  • Best 'diet' I've tried!
    This is seriously the best thing I've ever done for myself. Since you eat 6 times a day, you're never hungry, and you're allowed to cheat! This plan is also super flexible, so it makes it easy to translate from the book to your busy life. It's been about a week and a half, and I've lost over 3 pounds!...more info
  • I originally read the abs diet, thought thatfor the purchase I would get the Women's version
    I originally read the Abs Diet. I thought that the book was full of great information, workouts and recipes. I was recently doctor ordered to improve my abs for real and thought I better revisit the Abs Diet and include it to my bookshelf. I bought the woman's version.

    The woman's version has all the same great stuff that the original Abs Diet has. It includes sections on Female issues with weight or abdominals. I can't say I thought the "female" information was all that unique, we are women, we have a pretty good idea how it works anyway.

    Both versions have great info, workouts, meal planning and recipes - if you are sharing te book stick to the Original, if you would like the added information on your body's unique chemistry get the women's version, if you already own the original - don't get the women's version....more info
  • baby weight!
    I bought this book after having a baby to loose the weight. Before I got pregnant I weighed around 135lbs at the end of my pregnancy I weighed 173.5 lbs. I now weigh 114lbs & feel great & have a ton of energy. It has been almost 2 yrs after loosing the weight & I have successfully kept it off. If you are serious about loosing weight & developing healthy eating habits this book is wonderful! This book isnt a diet it is a lifestyle! ...more info
  • abs diet, a lifestyle choice that works
    I recently bought this book for my sister after having dropped over 30 pounds myself in the past two years using the Abs Diet.
    In spite of the title, this is not an overnight miracle or fad diet, but a collection of scientifically verified facts that you can use to make sustainable choices that will result in a fitter, leaner body.
    In addition, it provides an easy introduction to strength and weight training that will not intimidate even the most hesitant.
    Forget the menu tips, read, learn and gain an understanding of why certain food and exercise choices will increase your overall health and fitness level while decreasing your liklihood of contracting certain diseases,
    then pick and choose which work best for you.
    My sister has already lost 10 pounds and has started dancing again ! ...more info
  • Lovin' the Abs Diet for Women
    I like that the book is easy to read and the recipes are simple. Loving the workout program, it's everything I can do in my home without having to pay a gym membership!...more info
  • good book
    This is a good book with great pointers. Another great 6 pack ABs program to look into is at info
  • Great book and recipes
    Great book with good rationale for why the diet works. Has some great recipes - wish it had more....more info
  • Book Review: The Abs Diet for Women
    Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

    The Abs Diet For Women is authored by Mr. David Zinczenko, the Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health Magazine. Published by Rodale, the bright green color attracts immediately the eye of any potential dieter browsing the Health book aisle.

    Here's the scoop-- following The Abs Diet for 6 weeks will encourage your belly to flatten up and your body to firm up, for life. Numerous photos of exercises targeting the abs, legs, stress reduction, and postpartum delivery are the key to proper form. More muscle means more fat burning.

    The Abs Diet For Women strives to bring out the latest scientific data and relate it to the woman. An entire chapter is devoted to the transitions a woman and her hormones make through PMS, Menopause, Pregnancy, and Postpartum.

    The Food:

    Powerfoods/Superfoods--12 are cited and described in detail. You'll learn what each one: does for you (fights cravings, builds muscle), has inside (protein, folate, etc..), prevents (cancer, obesity, wrinkles), has for related foods, has for imposters (foods you think may be good but aren't--ie. salted/smoked nuts rather than raw almonds/walnuts).

    Meal plans and recipes include smoothies, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Yes, you do eat, and you eat well. Studies of the benefits of foods are referenced and lengthier explanations are provided for the Powerfoods. Foods to avoid are considered key as well.

    The Abs Diet For Women aims to help the reader strengthen her body, improve her life, and provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber for optimal health.

    4 Stars...more info
  • Lots of great info!
    I love the photos included in the book that shows the various techniques and excercies for each part of the muscle. Plus it has a guage to let the reader know if the particular excercise is for those who just started or those who have been working out for years. You don't have to start reading from the beginning. You can jump in anywhere and be well informed....more info
  • Book is Similar to Mens' Version, but Better Too!
    I already had the Abs Diet for Men book but wanted to see how they modified the womens' version. I think women need to be more sensitive to quantity of food intake then men do, and I was curious as to how this book addressed it. They still stick to the theory that eating the 12 power foods will keep you from over eating, but in case you don't buy it, they spend some time crunching numbers for those who want to calorie count. The math they use, though a little complicated, seems valid and useful.

    The contents of this book are VERY similar to the men's book. If you already own the mens' version, you probably don't need to shell out cash for this one. BUT where this book really impressed me was the quantity of exercises. It goes way above and beyond the mens' version, and I love this book for that reason alone. They also do a great job showing you gym versus home versions of exercises so you can do variations with more basic equipment (dumbbells only, etc.).

    I'm looking forward to digging in and getting results. Even if I can't get a six pack, following what this book outlines will definitely make you healthy....more info
  • U 2 can do this workout
    I enjoy the workout out lined in the Abs Diet for Women, I am not ready to go to the public gym as of yet but the home work out is quite effective....more info
  • Great book on eating healthy and being fit
    This is a very common sense, easy to follow plan on how to eat healthy and stay fit, for life, without starving and exercising for hours. ...more info
  • Healthy, and its works!
    Great book, with great information. I have had problems with belly fat for
    years. Even with dieting, and regular exercise, including ab work, I have never seen much results, until this book was recommended to me. In the past 3 weeks, I have seen dramatic loss of belly fat. I also feel wonderful....more info
  • The Un-Diet
    I admit that I was skeptical when I bought this book. Oh, no, not another stupid diet craze. But I was pleasantly surprised. The nutrition advice is solidly based on science and a common sense approach: eat more unprocessed foods, be careful of trans fat, protein is your friend, etc. This is more of a guide to basic nutrition than a "diet book." And the exercises included in the back are great! They're easy to do and can be done quickly ( like circuit training). It only takes me about 15-20 minutes a day to do ab work and either upper body or lower body workouts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get healthy, learn about what's really going into their bodies, and do something about it!...more info
  • Amazing! This diet works !
    I bought this week recently and in 1 week I have lost 8 pounds. I have tried many diets and bought many diet books. But this one beats the others because it shows you how to eat for LIFE. You eat so much that you do not realise that the recommended food is keeping you full and making those muscles burn fat.

    What amazed me that it shows you how to calculate how much excess fat you are carrying in your body. It was an eye-opener. You realise that you can't carry on like this any more and have to take action. Even the exercises are very cool taking around 35-40 minutes.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone....more info
  • great smoothie recipes!
    This diet book has great smoothie recipes! Whey protein in a morning smoothie helps burn weight!...more info
    I was trying for about 8 months to lose the remaining 30lbs of post-baby weight I had (of an original total of 60lbs!). I had definately plateaued and actually was beginning to gain weight back! I came across this book and it specifically addressed this issue. I lost 18lbs in 2 months!!! Why, you may ask yourself, didn't I lose the other 12? I got pregnant again! :) And now during my current pregnancy, I am sticking to the 12 powerfoods (although my calorie count is considerably higher) and other basic strategies and have only gained a fraction of the weight I gained during my first pregnancy. My baby is healthy, and my hormones are more balanced as well as my cravings being less. I HIGHLY recommend this for any woman battling weight loss issues; post-pregnancy or otherwise. The idea behind this is a lifestyle change that will make you feel happier and healthier, give you more energy, and help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster than ever. Like I said... AWESOME!!!...more info
  • A nice change of pace
    I originally purchased this because I had hit a plateau on the current diet I had been doing and needed a change. I believe sometimes we can hit plateaus out of lack of interest so then that leads to lack of effort. I have made some modifications and am more liberal with things then the book has aloud. That being said I have dropped 5 lbs, but more importantly a pants size. I do believe if I followed the book to the letter I could lose more, and faster but I am happy with the results and don't feel is if I can't eat this or can't do that. ...more info
  • very eye-opening
    This book has it all. It begins by convincing you to change your eating habits, then includes exercises and some recipes. I recommend to read it start to finish before beginning to implement it in your life....more info
    I am only giving it four stars, because I haven't done everyting the book says. I really ordered it to get the workout routine it has listed in there. A lot of great stuff. Keeps you moving and on the right track. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a tell all book about dieting and working out....more info
  • Women's Abs Diet Guide
    My wife loved my Abs Diet book, she had to have the Women's Version. She is doing great with this diet and exercise program. Women get this book - Great new way to eat and live...Live younger longer....more info
  • The Abs Diet for Women by David Zinczenko
    This was the best six-week plan for flattening my belly and firming up my body. I am not a dieter, so I was looking for information that would allow me to accomplish my goal and yet not be too restrictive. It gave a variety of foods to eat and also stated why these foods were good for flattening your belly. It gave me a new way to eat and not just diet. It also gave exercises that could be done in the privacy of your home. Also the type and frequecy of the exercise was given. ...more info
  • Many Facts
    The Abs Diet for women gives a lot of factual information and helps you realize the dangers of unhealthy eating. It tells you not to look at the scale but to instead use your clothes size to see the difference, as a scale doesn't take muscle into account. The exercises are great and I definitely lost 2 1/2 inches on my waist in 6 weeks....more info
  • The Abs Diet for Women
    The Abs Diet for Women. I am very pleases with this information. Hopefully I can devote more time to it in the near future....more info
  • Book was in Great condition
    The book was in great shape and I have already lost 6 pounds, so there you have it....more info
  • Healthy lifestyle
    My doc recommended this book, the book is fabulous, easy to read, simple straightforward approach, practical recipes, meal plans, and general advice on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Easy and clear instructions for exercise at home. Excellent choice...more info
  • Abs Diet for Women, thumbs up
    This book is very informational, with lots of helpful nutritional information as well as well easy to follow exercises. I believe this book will be a useful tool towards living a healthier life....more info
  • Abs Diet Review
    Outstanding book with very insightful information. Not only are you losing weight with this program (not really a diet) but your learning how to live a heathier life style....more info
  • Dedication
    This book is almost the same as the original Ab Diet book. But made for women. A lot of substitution for your favorate food. I would recommend this book if you are strong willed to stick with the program and you will not be disappointed with the results. ...more info
  • Very Sound and Sensible
    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an eating plan that makes a lot of sense with food that anyone can put their hands on....more info
  • Abs Diet for Women
    I liked the book because it has a lot more recipes than the abs diet for men. Other than extra recipes and a few pages about PMS, and the other fun loving women stuff, it was exactly the same as the abs diet for men book. ...more info
  • Great book.
    Great book, with great tips. Easy diet to follow. Great exercises that are easy to follow at the gym or at home....more info
  • Excellent resource
    I highly recomend this book to anyone who is even slightly interested in losing weight, getting in shape and making a lasting positive change in their health. It's an easy read, and includes recepies that are quick and easy to follow. There are also recomended excersises and picutres so you know what form to use....more info