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The Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook: Your Reference Guide to Thousands of Foods, and How Each One Shapes Your Body [Hardcover]

David Zinczenko , Ted Spiker
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Sept. 4 2007
Look around at America's waistlines and you'll see belts busting all over the place. Some might say that this weight problem is won or lost at the dinner table. Or at restaurants. Or in the drive-thru lane. Or when Mom invites you over for meat loaf. While it's true that such nutritional skirmishes take place every day, the real battle over broken scales and too-tight pants happens because you're not being fed something else: the nutrition information you need to make smart decisions every day.
The Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook feeds you that information the same way the Abs Diet feeds your body: in quick, convenient, completely satisfying bites. Among the most tempting morsels:
-99 tips, tricks and trivia about food, including why walnuts should be your sixth meal of the day, how a veggie's color can clue you in to its health benefits, and which vitamin supplement can help you burn 39 percent more fat during exercise
-A simple chart outlining the 100 best foods in the world (Dark chocolate makes the list!)
-The 20 foods that are so bad, you should actually ban them--even from your weekly cheat meal
-49 more nutrition bulletins, such as how your favorite sugar substitute stacks up against its competition and which beverage not only promotes weight loss but also fights bad breath
-A guide to the very best--and worst--menu choices at 29 of your favorite restaurants
-A primer on what to eat--and avoid--at the ballpark, at happy hour, and when raiding your kid's Halloween candy
This book--the latest in the series that began with the New York Times bestseller The Abs Diet--gives you the tools you need to fight fat, build your 6-pack, and get the body you've always wanted. Throw it into your pocket, purse, car, or shopping cart for reference anywhere, anytime. You'll have at your fingertips the skinny on smart eating no matter your lifestyle or your tastes. Because there isn't just one secret to achieving your ideal body. There are lots of them. And they're all here--within The Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook.

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DAVID ZINCZENKO, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine, is one of America’s leading experts on health and fitness. He lives in New York City and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

TED SPIKER, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Florida, is a contributing editor to Men’s Health. His work has also been published in Fortune; O, The Oprah Magazine; InStyle; Sports Illustrated Women; Writer’s Digest; Adventure Sports; and more. He currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Abs Diet ulitmate nutrition handbook Jan. 23 2011
By H.W.
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this to compliment the original Abs Diet. A good read and good to have in the Abs diet series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eating Out Tonight? Eat These And Weep! Dec 21 2008
By Kelly Jadon - Published on Amazon.com
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Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

It's the weekend. Not many feel like shopping and then preparing dinner, opting for a quick bite out instead. Watch what you're putting into your mouth, it could end up on your waist! David Zinczenko, author of The Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook includes an entire chapter titled, "The 20 Worst Foods Ever!" Eat these and Weep.

1. Fettucine Alfredo--worth up to 1,000 calories and 90 grams of fat. Order instead, whole-grain pasta with marinara.

2. Hardee's Monster Thickburger--sounds great guys, but can you afford almost 1,500 calories and 107 grams of fat?

3. Creme-Filled Doughnut With Chocolate Icing--my husband used to eat two of these every morning before work, each weighs in at 250 calories, 9 grams of fat--saturated and trans.

4. Cinnabon Classic--800 calories and 32 grams of fat; if you just can't pass it up, do like David and split it four ways.

5. Deep-Fried Twinkies or Oreos--I've never even eaten these! Avoid deep-fried foods in general. A Twinkie usually contains 150 calories/5 grams of fat. Deep frying triples the cals.

6. Cheese Fries with Gravy--1,000+ calories, contains partially hydrogenated oil. Eat a corn chip with salsa, is my quick fix.

7. Soda--the scourge of the easy-access generation, it's called "pop" where I grew up. A typical 32oz. cola is around 300 calories. Hint--drink water.

8. Bloomin' Onion--2,200 calories for an appetizer! Opt for a house salad.

9. Spinach Dip and Chips or Bread--spinach and artichokes themselves are nutritionally sound, but the cheese base of the dip jumps of the cals to around 140 for a 1oz serving.

10. Pork Rinds--this is fried pig skin and 1oz is worth 150cals, 10 grams of fat, and 500mg sodium.

11. Potpie--my kids love these, but I've searched the stores over, and the options are either loaded with fat (30g) and calories (500+) per serving, or hydrogenated oils are used for preparation.

12. Sausage or Hot Dog--three hot dogs at the average ballpark is 900 calories, and that's without the beer! They also are full of nitrites.

13. Pizza Hut Stuffed-Crust Meat Lover's Pizza--one slice equals 520 calories and 29 grams of fat. Half of the pizza is 2,000 calories. Since pizza is a Friday night special for everyone in my neighborhood, shoot for the lighter version of regular pizza, light on the cheese, add some veggies, skip the meat. I like thin crispy crust or whole wheat.

14. Cheesecake--a large piece tops out at 700 calories. If you're eating out, try the new trend called mini-indulgences.

15. Movie-Theater Popcorn--with the melted butter and mindless-consuming you may eat 1,500 calories/100 grams of fat.

16. Frosting--do not lick the bowl! Or eat it by the spoonful! The prepared versions from the grocery store contain trans fats (to keep it from melting) and a whole lot of sugar. Mr. Zinczenko adds that one or two licks are OK, a kid at heart!

17. McDonald's Chocolate Triple Thick Shake--600 calories, fat, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup. Try a homemade smoothie at home: frozen strawberries/ice cubes, soy/fat-free milk, other fresh fruits. Blend and drink! Even kids like this!

18. Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing--consider dropping the dressing, and the butter the wings are dipped into. If possible, don't even eat the deep-fried wings. Order grilled chicken breast instead.

19. Chips with Olestra--David states, "...products made with olestra also deprive the body of vitamins that require fat for absorption, plus they have some ugly GI side effects. Blech."

20. Your Calorie Kryptonite--the food you're always drawn to. For me that's the chocolate chip cookie! Enjoy your favorite food with a weekly "cheat meal."

The new Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook offers tips, tricks, recipes and studies that show people on the move, which is most of us, how to cut calories and fat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, insightful "Diet" book Dec 9 2008
By Joe G - Published on Amazon.com
I'm hesitant to call this a diet book because this plan includes a very wide range of different foods that you can eat and still fall within its guidelines. Perhaps my favorite thing about it though is how it explains exactly why you should it what it says. It explains the health benefits of each of the types of food, what they do and why its important to throw a lot of common misconceptions out the window, ie. "Can't lose weight while eating foods with fat" It explains why fats are important and how its all a matter of eating the right kinds of fats and right balance of carbs and protein. Its a very easy read too, and easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Abs Diet Ultimate Nutrition Handbook Nov. 23 2008
By Louise Percival - Published on Amazon.com
I LOVED the author's way with words-using humor and facts together. He was down to earth and even medical issues made sense. I like the thinking of this book and putting it together with the "eat right every time" and "six meals for six pack abs" is the ultimate goal for results. I learned new statistics and facts about nutrition that I did not realize even after years of trying multiple ways of dieting. I totally recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Nov. 25 2008
By Mikhail J. Kivo - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent book on how to get your abs back. It doesn't take a million situps to get a 6 pack. It takes eating the right foods, eating smaller meals, more frequent meals per day, weightlifting and cardio exercises.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the abs diet book Feb. 15 2010
By The Bizenez - Published on Amazon.com
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I use to excercise and after having no success at losing a couple of unwanted pounds I decided to purchase the abs diet book. The book will definitely get you in shape but you should do like I did. Only use this book as a starting point. Find out as much as you can about fitness and nutrition. Don't do like me and lose the hard earned six pack that the Original Abs diet gave me. Learn all the new scientific principles that you can. And if you have the original Abs diet book this book will definitely compliment it. I've been on a mission to get back into shape myself and decided to even document it each week. [...]
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