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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost 4 stars, 1 Jan 2008
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This review is from: The Abs Diet: The 6-week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life (Paperback)
I would have given this book a four star review, save for the constant self-promotion throughout the book. For gosh sakes! We are already READING the book, can't you save the advertising for someplace else? In addition, the author bashes every other diet he can think of--with the exception of Body for Life (which has nothing he can bash, so he ignored it). No need for that. I'd rather read what's good about THIS and why we need the certain things he touts, rather than read about how bad these other diets are. As we know, Atkins works for a lot of people.

The Abs Diet is one of the only books I know about that is pretty much exclusively for men. A lot of women, however, have found this book to be right for them, too. With this in mind, I wish the author would have specified the fact that women really need smaller portion sizes than men and less calories, as well. This is a criticism I really believe is well-founded. I haven't read the updated version that was exclusively sold by Rodale yet. Maybe that information is in there.

The Abs Diet is founded on solid and current information. It's important to eat approximately every three hours so that our metabolism is at optimal speed. When we do not eat and skip snacks, not only are we more likely to feel we're "starving", and overeat later, our bodies are also more likely to go into starvation mode--and begin to burn muscle for fuel. . . a state we want to avoid.

The author explains how our body utilizes different foods (although I thought the acronym made out of ABS DIET (something else, I forgot), was not useful for me), how our body responds to exercise and rest and how to go about beginning this program.

It's an entertaining read, as well, and the recipes are pretty tasty!
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