The abs Diet?

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    Feb 27, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    It sounds like a gimmick or hoax, but is this book worth buying. I saw this on MensHealth and wondered if it was worth the money. http://absdiet.com/uof/absdiet/
    Heres the website. If any one can help me out it would be much appreciated.
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    Feb 27, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    There are like 6 threads with this in it. I used it, and it helped me. It depends on your own discipline. It is by no means extreme, it's just sensible.
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    Feb 27, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    I've used it, but only as a guideline. Haven't followed it word for word. or bought a book.
    it has some good recipes.
    Mainly just eat "natural" foods. lots of fruit and veggies.
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    Feb 28, 2008 10:03 AM GMT
    thanks...i figured it was but its been crazy this week and havnt taken time to look it up...thanks guys for the info
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    Mar 01, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    The notion that you can lose weight from just your belly is false. If you burn more calories in one day than you consume, you will more or less lose fat from different stores throughout your body evenly. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will store fat evenly, more or less.

    It's that simple.

    This Abs diet has some advantages though in its principles. With the suggestion of frequent, small meals throughout the day ("grazing"), you will not fall victim to binge-eating...or inhaling massive quantities of chicken legs, potatoes, cheesy-fries, etc. all at once. This is a ton of calories all at once, makes you tired and unproductive afterwards, and requires a lot of insulin from the pancreas afterwards for delivery of those goods to your body's cells (ATTN: diabetics!)

    A disadvantage of small, frequent meals is that it might promote unhealthy snacking in the less disciplined. It's easier to grab a bag of potato chips rather than chop up and simmer a healthy portion of spinach.

    There's a whole lot more to all the above, and honestly I haven't read this book, so I don't feel comfortable offering anymore advice! ;)

    Good luck!
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    Mar 01, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    Its not a bad introduction but its too prescriptive and if it doesn't fit your preferred eating style chances are you either wont stick to it or you will try and vary it, do it wrongly and not achieve much at all.

    You are better off using a philosophy like the diet idea on here, altho I have seen better ones than that which give you the control and choice. Its the learning about what makes it work for you that is the difference between a short-fix and keeping it off long term

    Books like this as far as I am concerned may as well be called the summer holiday yo yo diet regimes
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    Mar 01, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    True if you depend on it, for every meal you eat, it can get you down. So Tuesday at lunch if you have to flip to page 263 or whatever to decide what to eat, that's not good.
    But if you've learned from the examples of what a healthy portion of lean meat and appropriate veggies and sides look like, and what constitutes a healthy snack. You'll be much better off than going on your own.

    The guy that wrote it even has said it's not about spot reduction, but overall fat reduction, but since you're loosing fat all over, you'll also loose it from your belly.

    I've also just discovered a book called Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. it talks about proper nutrition, setting goals, exercise, how to deal with different body types, differences in types of carbs, guidelines when eating out.


    it might be a bit much for some, close to 350 pages, but in a quick look, it seems to be full of good basic info.
    The web site for it is really quite frightening and makes it look like a big scam.
    A pdf version can be found elseware on the internet if you want to take a look.
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    Mar 01, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    yeh not a bad book that one neither is New Rules of Lifting Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove another 2 ex Mens Healthies. that one is more of a structured long term approach. Steer clear of anything Berrardi way too complex to be of merit