The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
by David Zinczenko
5 of 5 stars
I picked this up because it was free (I found it in a huge a stack of books sitting on the bench in our apartment foyer), and of course the title is definitely something that'd be nice to achieve, a flat belly. Since hubby and I just started working out again after joining a gym, I figured I'd skim through it, thinking 'what the heck, maybe I'll get a few good new exercise tricks out of it'... but it's actually REALLY good. It's very smart, packed with information about how your body works, statistics, etc... it's more informative than persuasive, and it's definitely not 'try my diet' or anything like that (in fact, he doesn't even promote 'diet' at all.
The focus is not on a certain regimen or anything, not to lose weight or actually get a flat tummy (although those are of course the end result and *ultimately* what he promotes technically speaking), but his goal is really to just educate someone on how to realistically optimize how you eat and exercise. Obviously no one wants to limit how they consume their calories, nor do they want to spend hours at the gym, so the author here really keys in on how to be smart. For example, it's not about burning-as-many-calories-as-you-can-at-the-gym, but rather, optimizing you're time there so you can burn-as-many-calories-as-you-can-after-you-leave-the-gym! Cause obviously you're OUT of the gym more than you're IN it. So to do this, you optimize your 'muscle building'... since muscle is the major contributor to fat burning, the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn, exponentially (I'm talking over 50% more calories!). Vis a vie, exercise your leg muscles first - the largest muscle in your body.
All his stuff in here is enlightening, and surprisingly not redundant or boring, or irritating that someone's trying to convince you of something you're really not interested in. Oh, and he actually gives practical stuff too you can walk away with using so you don't have to figure it out on your own. Like 56 work out routines with pictures, and dozens of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes (like 6 minute meals-- stuff that you already make for yourself, like spaghetti, or sandwiches, but gives good examples of what types of sauces to get to avoid high fructose corn syrup or 100% whole wheat bread, not to be confused with 'whole wheat bread' which, without that '100%' is just a marketing ploy and not really wheat).
ANYWAY. I can go on and on, but I'm clearly rambling. It's an excellent book. I've never read a 'diet or exercise book' before, so I guess I can't compare it to anything, but I am usually uninterested in that crap, but this was awesome. I can't recommend it enough. To everyone! Not just to health nuts or people who want to lose weight or anything, but really to people who even slightly care what they do to their bodies. Just simply to be in a healthier state of being, which is what this is all about.
A good compliment to this book is his guide book, which is just packed with recipes mostly (it was also free).
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