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The New Abs Diet for Women: Diet Review

The New Abs Diet for Women: How It Works

The No. 1 predictor of weight gain is dieting, Zinczenko says. He advocates six small meals daily to keep the body well fed with healthy food to encourage burning fat while retaining muscle.

Power foods, healthy proteins, and slow-burning carbs -- along with resistance exercise -- is the crucial mix for keeping muscle mass and accelerating fat loss, Zinczenko says.

Though The New Abs Diet for Women claims not to be a diet, it is indeed a diet with a detailed plan. It's not a short-term diet, though -- it's a healthy eating plan that Zinczenko wants women to use for life.

Designed to improve your appearance and your health, the plan can also lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce risk of diabetes and certain forms of cancer, Zinczenko says.

The New Abs Diet for Women: Experts' Views

Eating six small meals per day (with protein at every meal and lots of healthy foods in controlled portions) and regular exercise are the strengths of The New Abs Diet for Women, says Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, Georgia State University nutrition professor emeritus.

But Rosenbloom notes certain contradictions throughout the book. "It claims not to be a diet, yet there are menu plans for a diet averaging 1400 calories," she says.

Another contradiction is the promise of building muscle, which requires adequate calories, protein, and strength training. "This will be hard to achieve on menu plans [of] less than 1600 calories and during the first two weeks, when exercise is optional," Rosenbloom says.

Lots of studies are mentioned throughout the book but the lack of detailed references makes it hard to substantiate, Rosenbloom says.

"His promise of pure fat loss is hard to deliver because there is no such thing as a formula that guarantees pure fat loss. Rapid weight loss is more likely to be more water weight than fat loss," Rosenbloom says.

Developing six-pack abs requires very low levels of body fat and strength training. "You can't turn fat into muscle, what you can do is lose fat and build muscle," says Rosenbloom, editor of Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals (due out later this year),

And even if you follow the diet and exercise plan to the letter, there is no guarantee you will achieve flat abs. "Flat abs is dependent on multiple factors, including genetics, your body shape, activity level, and more," Zied says.

The New Abs Diet for Women: Food for Thought

Written in a clever and engaging style, The New Abs Diet for Women is a template for a healthier diet targeted to women who want to grow stronger and get rid of unwanted fat.

It is a sensible, realistic eating plan with an emphasis on nutrient-rich foods, calorie control, and regular fitness. And it's full of helpful tips.

Eating healthy foods six times a day can be a very effective way to manage hunger and cravings. But it is easy to overeat, so you need to carefully control your portions.

Follow the simple guide to strength training, good nutrition, and exercise and you will lose weight and improve muscle strength. But like many other diet books, some of the claims and promises may be exaggerated, overstated, or without research evidence.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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Edited on May 03, 2011

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