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Friday, October 05, 2007
The Abs Diet for Women
Anyone read this book? I reserved it from the library after a recommendation for it...somewhere (probably from one of you!) and finally got it last week after the other 16 people in line ahead of me got their turn with it. :)

The book claims pretty amazing results in six weeks, and includes many testimonials of women that have indeed had great results (as well as some with what appears to be minimal weight loss, but success in firming up their abdominal region). Six weeks doesn't seem like a lot of time, and I'm skeptical of any program that promises incredible results that quickly, but I think if you went into it with reasonable expectations, you would do well.

I haven't read the whole thing yet, but it seems like a pretty reasonable and well-balanced plan. The food component consists of eating six small meals a day, with each meal including at least two of the 'power foods' - things like almonds, beans, eggs, berries, lean meat like turkey, etc. It seems pretty high protein, but not to the extent of really limiting carbs, just that by eating some of these power foods at each mini-meal, you will feel fuller (more full?) and be less likely to crave the carbs. One meal each week is a cheat meal to eat anything you want, and once you've achieved your goal, you can have one full day a week where you eat whatever.

There is also a specific exercise component to the program, involving light cardiovascular exercise and weight training/ab exercises on alternate days. There are instructions given for all of the exercises, and variations for home use if you don't have access to a gym. The author discusses how building muscle can give your weight loss a great boost due to the fact that muscle burns more calories even at rest.

I'm not planning to follow the diet strictly, partly because I just don't have the time/discipline right now with three little ones to eat differently than the rest of the family, and partly because I'm still nursing and am a little wary of 'dieting' while breastfeeding. I am trying to add in some of the power foods to my diet each day - and the six small meals is pretty much how I eat anyway, so no problem with that! I am doing the weight routines, which are pretty easy to fit into my day because I can just grab my dumbbells and the book and do it while the kids play around me.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fairly easy diet/exercise plan, particulary if traditional 'diets' have failed for you. The book doesn't recommend calorie or portion control, so I think you would be able to follow it for some time without feeling really deprived.

Has anyone else tried this method? What did you think?

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