Judging by the muscle-bound, shirtless guy featured on nearly every cover, Men's Health magazine clearly places a premium on washboard abs. So it's no surprise that the magazine's editor-in-chief, David Zinczenko, has based his new weight-loss book on the idea of a flat "six-pack."
Claim: There's a lot to like about a plan that doesn't dwell on scientific suggestions for eating and exercise. The strong emphasis on sex and sexuality as reasons for weight loss is a little unusual, but then again this book is definitely targeted to gentlemen.
Basic Principles: According to the author, lean and muscular abs mean greater sex appeal. To get those ideal abs, dieters must focus on building muscle and eating protein, two strategies that will make the body burn more calories. Recipes and menu suggestions call for a lot of convenience products, which is realistic for guys who don't like to cook.
No counting calories. Instead, focus on 12 power-food groups. To help you remember them, Zincezenko uses the acronym ABS DIET POWER: "A" is for almonds and other nuts, "B" is for beans and legumes, "S" is for spinach and other green vegetables, and so on. Dieters pick from power-food lists and learn to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy trans fats. One "E" stands for extra protein, in the form of whey powder. Because whey has very few calories and a high level of good quality protein, Zinczenko claims it will help dieters build more muscle and burn more fat.
Does the diet keep weight off? No scientific studies.
Is the diet healthy? Close. Eleven of the 12 power-food groups are ones that any nutritionist would endorse. It's the protein powder that raises questions. Just eat a protein source and watch out for portions.
What the Shelly says: Not too bad – discourages trans fat. But, I am not certain about peanut butter increasing sex life. It is important to remember some convience foods are high in sodium.
Bottom Line: Decent – offeres good advise with diet and exercise. Don’t forget to look at the label.
What’s the best?
The old fashion way – moderation and exercise.
For weight loss to be successful, here is a summary of basic guidelines:
Three diet rules you can trust:
1. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, non-fat dairy products, whole grains and beans you eat.
2. Eliminate calorie-dense foods that are high in fat and refined carbohydrates such as cookies, sugary desserts, chips and candies.
3. Exercise three or more times a week.
Aerobics – burns fat.
Simple exercises that help to tone the body.
Squat – buns. (advanced – down 2, up 2)
Tricep extension (advanced - Tricep dip – back of arms)
Cruches (advanced – plank)