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

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  710 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
In survey after survey, men and women say that a flat abdomen is the ultimate symbol of sex appeal. And in study after study, researchers found that getting a firm belly is the single most significant step anyone can take to stay healthy for life. Now available in paperback, The Abs Diet for Women shows the most effective way to a flat belly, a firm body, and a much better ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Rodale Books
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Gabrielle
Sep 02, 2012 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diet-exercise
If this was truly a 'diet' book, I certainly wouldn't have read it, much less given it five stars. But it isn't. As many people know, diets are temporary and they don't work, making them completely pointless.

And after reading Bill Phillip's Body For Life, I really thought I would never need another eating/exercise plan again. I've been following The Body for Life plan for over 10 years now (except that I've always had a wicked and stubborn sweet tooth), and any time I've followed this plan, I'v
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Kim
Feb 17, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-books-in-2010
As a 30-year-old new mom who follows a mostly vegetarian diet (fish once or twice a week) and who is also hypoglycemic, I have some pretty specific criteria that I look for in a "diet." I use that term loosely because I don't really believe in fad diets. I think one needs to find a healthy way of eating that she can stick with for the long haul.

At any rate, The Abs Diet for Women offers some pretty good guidelines for how someone like me should eat, as well as a solid workout plan and some gene
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Mardee
Apr 19, 2016 Mardee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure - I have not yet finished reading this book. And I may not. Here's why.

This author has good credentials and the book has good information (or appears to have). The author has a decent sense of humor so the book is interesting to read. My challenge is that it is just too sales-y for me. I'm 85 pages in and he is still debunking other people's diets and telling me why his is the best ever and will change my life. (Sorry but I've heard that before and now you have made me suspicious
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Nicole Morragan
May 09, 2012 Nicole Morragan rated it really liked it
*The only difference between this edition and The New Abs Diet For Women is that some images in the workouts appear to be different (not different routines, though), and the fact that in this edition the back of the book holds a Glycemic Index reference chart, where the new one has the Glycemic Load replaced. I actually sat down in Barnes & Noble and thumbed between the two.

Best "diet" book I've read/skimmed through in a while.

Doesn't force you into denying any of the major food groups, mode
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Emily
Jun 07, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-studies
My diet book research continues, perusing the "for women" version of The Abs Diet, seeking how dieting messages may be packaged differently for men and women. Strikingly, the male and female versions of this diet book are quite similar. While there's certainly some pronoun switching and no section on how weight loss increases penis length, the main difference is the addition of several new chapters, covering topics from emotional eating to baby weight. This version also includes more recipes and ...more
Paige
Sep 18, 2012 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the book that changed my life. I'm Down 65 pounds and now able to run an easy 4 miles. I can't recommend this non diet enough.
Laura Casing
Aug 01, 2011 Laura Casing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. A reasonable plan with science to back it up. Now to actually put it into practice. Ask me in 6 weeks......
Emily
Feb 23, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as diet books go, this isn't total garbage. It's still a scam, they all are, but at least it won't kill you.
Olwen
Nov 12, 2016 Olwen rated it it was ok
I picked up this book for the abdominal exercise instructions, not the food component.
Bonnie G.


If you're looking for a new system to eat healthier while working out/training in, I found this system extremely helpful. While the second part of the book has exercise I didn't bother studying, I love the premise of the Abs Diet and have found ways to incorporate into my life. I first found out about it through Men's Health and had an ex try it to great success to wean himself off of teenage junk food habits and help him remember to eat (he would get so busy, realize he was starving, then binge
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Liza H
Jun 25, 2007 Liza H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
It's hard for me to believe, but this is actually the first time I've read a "diet" book cover-to-cover. I've been working very hard for the past 3-4 years to lose weight, and while I've managed to shed about 40 lbs., I've also gained about 10 back again. I know this is the often-repeated tale of most "successful" dieters... I thought I had it all figured out, and I was so proud of myself. And here comes the weight, creeping back on again. I know I have to change my lifestyle again, and I was at ...more
Casey
Mar 25, 2011 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother got me this book as a gift. I started the diet about 6 weeks ago. Every time I call it a diet my brother (somwhat jokingly) yells at me and says "It's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change." It makes me laugh but that really is the case. It took some changes in how I made choices on what and when to eat. The idea of the program is to eat six small meals a day and focus on the 12 power foods that the author lays out. It includes one cheat meal at the end of the week to help motivate and ...more
Heather Holden
Nov 04, 2013 Heather Holden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only wish that "Diet" wasn't in the title! This feels much more like a lifestyle book than a diet book. Good, sound, practical and researched advice for eating and exercising your way to a healthier life. My husband and I have been implementing many elements of Zinczenko's book into our lives over the past year and a half. We aren't religious about it, but the author doesn't promote that kind of rigidity. Also, we weren't really overweight when we started, so we don't have huge success stories ...more
Jennifer Gelert
Overall I liked this book. I still find it interesting how many different views on weight loss/working out you can find. This book was written in 2007 and there have been changes since then.

I liked the breakdown on power foods. The idea if you stay in this power foods there will be no need to count calories. However some of their recipes concern me because they promote some of the foods I am trying to avoid. Diet soda, low fat and fat free. Some of these foods have added things that are not good
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Mitch Davidson
Aug 07, 2013 Mitch Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diets come and diets go....and the pounds go and then they come back. But, this book is helpful in changing your overall nutrition plan versus a regimented diet. A recent job change held positives for my bank account but unwanted belly fat on the horizon because of the hours and hours required to sit in front of a computer. This book's advice on what to eat, when to eat it, and how to go about changing the way I exercised proved to be a plan that I could easily follow. The book promises results ...more
Lana
Sep 16, 2008 Lana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I saw a very unflattering picture of me in a swimsuit on my sister-in-law's Picasa album, I was motivated to read this book. I think the book has motivated me to do some ab work and strength training--which I hate. The nutrition and exercise advice seems to make sense, although he does advocate a high-protein diet which is opposite what another book I've read suggests. I think both can be correct if you come to a middle ground and try to use mostly plant proteins. I like the exercise porti ...more
Kristen MacGregor
Sep 22, 2014 Kristen MacGregor rated it it was amazing
This book is even better than the original [it is for the most part the same word-for-word, but he added a bunch of stuff that relates to just women]. I wish that he had just a bit more on the women-only issues like hormones, cravings, and menstrual/menopause. But considering he's a man, I suppose it's about all he can offer in those categories! It's a great base though- and I would highly recommend this book to anyone [especially women] wanting to trim body fat, particularly in the belly area. ...more
Lisa
Aug 05, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Totally in line with my way of thinking that you need to include ALL food groups in any diet you choose. Whole grains, fruits, vegies, protein. Scary to know just how harmful belly fat can be. I loved the sections geared toward women. How our hormones, child bearing, emotions, etc. can lead to health issues and how to overcome these with eating and exercise. Really like the recipes. LOVE the PB&J smoothie and Brazilian Chicken. Had great formulas to calculate your weight, bmi, wais ...more
Rene
Mar 29, 2008 Rene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still in the process of reading this... why must this book be so huge? i wish i had it on audio.
i am trying to read the summary points, but am finding that a lot of the concepts are repeated from "you are what you eat"
I may change my rating once i've read through the whole book, although... a picture of exercise moves has never been what I'd call "helpful"
use "what you want" fitness videos from itunes.. they're on average 5 minutes long, give you great variety in your exercise plan, and allow yo
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Lindsey
I've only done this for 3 days and I've lost 3lbs after not losing anything for two months! I'll change my review if it doesn't work in the long run-but I think it will. Finally a healthy diet that you can follow for the rest of your life. I also loved that it was a holistic approach. He went over diet, sleep, exercise, etc. He also went into detail about why he was recommending certain foods and why they're good for you. He has legitimate studies that support his views (a great number of them). ...more
Courtney Foster
Mar 01, 2011 Courtney Foster rated it liked it
its a diet book with research they pick and choose but I have done it in the past and wanted a refresher. This updated book for women is really not much different than the mens except for some additional things about our periods, menopause and having babies. I don't follow the diet plan recipes as they are full of things I prefer not to eat (store bought stuff) but I do take the idea and work with it. I usually do Jillian Michael workouts instead of the book ones which are exactly what the autho ...more
Erin
Jan 07, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good...Eating well is easy with the Abs Diet guidelines. Zinczenko not only gives tips for losing weight, but for eating the right foods for overall health (anitoxidants, vitamins, etc.). I am not a "diet" person, but this is not a typical diet book. There are few changes to make and they are simple. It is more about eating effectively instead of depriving yourself. The exercises are easy to do and effective as well.

My only gripe is that there could be more explanation about the times
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Erin L
Sep 05, 2012 Erin L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been loosely following this for about a month now so I finally bought the abs diet for women book - I found the regular Abs Diet book was a little heavy on calories and wanted some lighter snack options. I was also curious to see what, exactly he thought was the difference between men and women aside from number of calories.

For me, his advice will be very useful and I think it's really going to help me and my husband be successful with weight loss and getting healthy.
Andrea
Sep 01, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pick up any men's health or women's health magazine and you'll notice that zinczenko still sticks to all of the advice he gives in this book. high protein (read meat loving) diets are not for everyone but strength training definitely is. abs diet work outs have really kept me in shape. i just have not been able to stomach the idea of trying any of the bizarre dishes/smoothies his recipes entail.
Leslie
Mar 15, 2008 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep this book in my kitchen. There are some good healthy recipes in it. I also use it to reference things while I'm shopping, cooking, planning meals. I've learned a lot from it. I haven't tried the work outs yet. I have changed a lot of the things I buy and eat though. It's interesting, and I'm sure if I followed the advice 100% I would "flatten my belly and firm up my body" a lot quicker. I'm just stubborn and want to do things my own way.
Sharzil
Aug 08, 2009 Sharzil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit with a lot of other readers, this book is in fact common sense but unfortunately for us humans, common sense is not that common.
The exercise routine and the foods given are great. I still had a problem seeing results with this book, I think the calories need to be cut more and buying a smoothie maker for a diet seems like more money, along with the gym membership and the cost of this book :/

Very good information inside though.
Colleen Mattatall
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Aimee
Apr 20, 2010 Aimee rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Lots of sensible eating advice and explanations of what each of the 12 "power foods" does for you. Basically, the menu is: plenty of fruits and veggies, legumes, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. The part I really liked was the incredible variety of abdominal exercises Zinczenko offers. Plus the fact that you only have to do a few of them at a time! :)
Mlmeyers7
Sep 20, 2008 Mlmeyers7 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
This is a good book. The shake recipes and the main menu recipes are good as well. However, I am not to the point where I can start the full strenght training yet. I am currently builiding my strength endurance and have increased my cardio as well. I hope to be able to introduce this weigh regiment early next year.

I will need to finish this book when I finish my PMP studies.
Ashley
Apr 02, 2008 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book--has fabulous lifestyle advice--not just a "fad diet." Great recipes (have already tried many), great exercise plan. It just makes sense from a healthy lifestyle view. I am really excited and energized to give it a try and see if I can finally lose this post-pregnancy bulge! A book worth owning.
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