“The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide” by David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of “Men’s Health” and the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Abs Diet,” is a good little book to assist with making the right food choices. If you are not familiar with Zinczenko, you are probably familiar with his newer book series. The “Eat This, Not That” series has become very popular, including his newest addition to the series, “Drink This, Not That.” This book is a portable companion to Zinczenko’s larger “The Abs Diet” written with Ted Spiker, and it is similar to the “Eat This” books in that it provides “on the go” food choices and has parts that show which foods to eat over other choices. This was the original “Eat This, Not That” guide.
There is a quick introduction regarding the Abs Diet. Then there is a two page Abs Diet cheat sheet, and a one page success story. Chapter one then discusses why your weight is not your fault. Enemies such as high-fructose corn syrup, tans fat, saturated fat, and refined carbohydrates are discussed. There is also a little on your metabolism and your friends protein, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, fiber-rich carbohydrates and calcium.
Chapter two covers the Abs Diet power twelve. The twelve principles that make up the diet or eating program. (12 main foods or food groups) The chapter goes over these and why they are what you should eat.
Chapter three focuses on the six steps to lifelong leanness: Eating six meals a day, eating around the Abs Diet Power 12, Drink smoothies regularly, stop counting, watch what you drink, and go ahead, cheat. Chapter four then lists an Abs Diet grocery list to help you shop for healthy foods. I liked that he includes a short bit on reading labels.
Chapter five has 25 Abs Diet breakfasts. Chapter six contains 25 lunches, and Chapter seven has the dinners. Easy, quick dishes with the basic nutrient values included. Chapter eight has 27 smoothie and snack recopies, while chapter nine focuses on eating out and provides information on the foods you will find in many restaurants, including fast foods. Chapter ten contains some guidelines to survive the holidays.
Chapter eleven has a little on working out, and then the book concludes with a few frequently asked questions. The book contains some good information regarding food choices, and if you follow “The Abs Diet,” it is a good companion. However, it is not as engaging as the “Eat This” books. This book has no pictures, no color, etc., like those books have. This book contains solid information and is a good guide, it’s just not as attractive a package as the others. If you have all the newer ones, you might not find this one as useful, however, if you only have the original “Abs Diet” book, this is a good companion.