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The Abs Diet for Women…a book review

In Lifestyle on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I’m currently reading The Abs Diet for Women by David Zinczenko (Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health Magazine, as well as the author of several other books including “Eat This, Not That”). One of the main focuses of the book is the health risks associated with belly fat and how to lose it if you’ve got it. But for me, the book has really solidified this fact in my mind: Getting fit is 80% what you eat (or DON’T eat), and 20% how much you exercise. 80/20, I promise you. The more books I read, the more facts I have to support that claim. From a personal standpoint, I don’t exercise any more than I did the last 10 times I belonged to a gym, but this time the pounds are melting off. The difference? The way I eat. I could work out all day long and not lose weight if I am still choosing to fill my plate (and mouth) with garbage!

The book centers around the idea that our bodies are machines and food=fuel. Your body will function at optimal levels only if it gets good fuel! That means lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lowfat dairy. Zinczenko shares the 12 “Powerfoods” as well as dozens of recipes that include them. While the book title does include the word “diet”, Zinczenko himself expresses his dislike for the word and its connotations. Rather, the Abs Diet Power plan is an eating plan, a way of life that can be sustained because it is realistic. For that other 20%, the book also offers suggested workouts that target your core (translated: abs and back muscles) and other muscles.

This book has changed the way I view both food and exercise. I’ve revamped my workouts and started eating 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 big ones. I can already feel a change in my energy levels and focus. I’m never stuffed or starving. And, in terms of exercise, my workouts are shorter and more intentional, and I’m still seeing amazing results.

Get this book. If you’re like me, reading it will result in many ‘aha’ moments that will lead to better health for you and your family!

Have you read any health and fitness books that have changed your life?



  1. So true about the 80/20.

    You’re looking so good… keep it up! (see you tonight!)

  2. And form these good eating habits while you are young. This is so hard for us. We’ve been buying steamable bags of frozen veggies just to try and make our diet healthier. After decades of eating “comfort food”, it’s really hard for us not to put shredded cheese on just about everything.

  3. Sounds like a good one. Thanks Abbi!

  4. I think I need to get that!

  5. Anna: Thanks!! You know the 80/20 rule well yourself! 🙂 We are both living proof!! Excited about tonight!

    Jimmy: You are so right! Even at 26, it’s been hard to un-learn some of the bad habits I’ve spend the last 10+ years developing. And I LOVE cheese, so I feel your pain! 🙂 Hang in there and keep making the good choices!

    Natalie and Gina: You won’t be disappointed!

  6. I always tell people that our weight is 80% of what we eat. So true! So true!

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