The New Abs Diet: Does it Flatten Your Tummy?

By Ted

2322-the-new-abs-diet.jpgThe elusive six pack abs that many dream of getting are promised in just 6 weeks by The New Abs Diet written by David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health.

The original Abs Diet was published in 2004 and became a best seller as dieters were eager to get that flat, sculpted stomach they saw gracing the covers of fitness magazines. Does The New Abs Diet make good on its promise and what’s changed in this updated version?

The New Abs Diet Components

The concepts promoted in The New Abs Diet are based on principals of fat loss and body building that have been used for decades by professional body builders. David Zinczenko has organized these methods in an easier to follow format so, in theory, the average Joe can obtain 6 pack abs without hiring a nutritionist and a personal trainer.

The New Abs Diet still promotes the use of “12 Power Foods” and interval training as the main aspects of the program, but is less about calorie counting and instead uses portion control models to make the nutrition component easier to follow.

The New Abs Diet promotes the use of healthy fats in the diet and doesn’t support the theory that believes fat has to be mostly eliminated from the diet in order to see abdominal muscles.

Dieters are encouraged to eat 6 times a day in The New Abs Diet, which is believed to be key in keeping the metabolism up and the muscle building process on track. This combination of nutrition and weight bearing exercises encourages muscle development, which in turn, burns more Calories even when resting.

Why stop at just a 6 pack? The New Abs Diet includes an additional chapter on how to obtain the ‘gold standard’ 8 pack abs.


The New Abs Diet is based on proven techniques and dedicated dieters will no doubt experience results with this diet plan, however, some hard work will be required.

Click here to purchase this book for a discounted price (Amazon).

The marketing of The New Abs Diet probably makes gaining a flat stomach and a six pack sound a little easier than reality would dictate. Also, a marketing statement like “turn fat into muscle” is just marketing hyperbole as it is not physiologically possible to turn fat cells into muscles cells.

I really want to see David Zinczenko’s abs. I did a Google search and couldn’t find a picture of him without a shirt anywhere. Does he practice what he preaches?

In any event, The New Abs Diet seems effective for gaining a six pack as long as the dieter has realistic expectations and determination to adhere to the program.


  1. Dan

    I found another article on the WEB which can pertain to what I have been doing for almost the past two years- using my bike as my main source of transportation to work, as well as to other activities. This is the name of the study as well as where to find it.

    Arch Intern Med. 2009 Jul 13;169(13):1216-23.
    Active commuting and cardiovascular disease risk: the CARDIA study.

    Gordon-Larsen P, Boone-Heinonen J, Sidney S, Sternfeld B, Jacobs DR Jr, Lewis CE.

    Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-3997, USA.

    The conclusions of this study,

    CONCLUSIONS: Active commuting was positively associated with fitness in men and women and inversely associated with BMI, obesity, triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin level in men. Active commuting should be investigated as a modality for maintaining or improving health.

    Clearly, riding my bike to work has enabled me to get down to a weight I hadn’t been for 30 years. One can also read
    Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike by Selene Yeager which talks about lots of people who have lost sometimes over 100 pounds by regular bike riding.

  2. Dan

    Also, perhaps the idea that exercise is more important in maintaining lost weight than in losing comes from the fact that the National Weight Control Registry only studies persons after they had kept off their weight for two years. Remember, this registry finds that exercise is a key component in maintaining a weight loss. If these persons had been studied while they lost weight and followed them during their maintenance, they probably would not have found any who only began to exercise once they lost weight. In fact, of the successful maintainers, 94% increased their physical activity to lose weight- of course 98% modified their diets as well. 90% of them exercise an hour a day to maintain their weight loss. The majority of the successful maintainers probably did more than the meager 1-3 hours of exercise a week in the weight loss phase that is the norm for most weight loss and exercise studies. Also, I have found that exercising everyday during the holiday season greatly reduces any weight gain I may experience by overindulging at times. When I tried to rely mainly on diet during this season, I would usually gain 20 pounds. This past season, I overindulged at times and only gained a pound, which I will definitely lose by continuing to bicycle every single day for at least an hour. Regular, vigorous activity can be very effective in burning off occasional overindulgences- but probably not daily overindulgences, but it will greatly limit the weight gain from too frequent overindulgences.

  3. Dan

    The idea that diet trumps exercise comes from the majority of studies where the dieters are cutting back their calories 500-1000 and the exercisers are only burning about 200 calories a day. Of course, this made it appear that “diet trumps exercise,” when in actuality it trumps meager amounts of exercise- some studies have the subjects exercising only an hour a week and only 3 at most, when in actuality it takes at least 6 hours a week for exercise to greatly contribute to weight loss. Even an hour of brisk walking will burn more than 200 calories. One can easily burn over 500 an hour by vigorous running, swimming or bicycling. A person can lose weight and belly fat by burning daily from 500 to a 1000 calories a day by exercise as long as they don’t increase the calories that they were consuming- as long as they were maintaining their weight at that calorie level. Dieting without exercise for many people is very difficult, since a person has to cut their calories quite a bit and without the exercise, this slows down the metabolism- as well as exacerbates the loss of lean muscle tissue. In fact, 95% of the persons using the diet alone approach gain their weight back. Exercise, on the other hand, increases one’s metabolism, and with strength training increases muscle mass. I am 50 and a diet alone approach would have done nothing to stem the loss of muscle tissue which happens as people age. I lost close to a hundred pounds AND kept it off much better than I ever did by diet alone, mainly by exercising, and I very seldom consumed less than 2000 calories a day- I limited, but not severely how much I ate. I was even losing weight when I was consuming close to 3000 calories a day- I could not eaten this much and still lost weight if I exercised as little as you say is necessary. Perhaps the person can’t eat all they want if they exercise and still lose weight, but a person doesn’t have to starve themselves nearly as much as in a diet alone approach. Exercise along with a moderate calorie diet can work much better than a low calorie diet alone- I am at the lowest weight I have been in 30 years. Of course, healthy diet is important, but exercise greatly decreases the amount of calorie restriction necessary. Just google “The role of physical activity in producing and maintaining weight loss” by Victoria A Catenacci and Holly R Wyatt, which explains how the research has persons exercising at a meager amount.

  4. SueK24

    As the saying goes, you are what you eat. I recently read that for a person with excess stored body fat, diet trumps exercise as the most important factor in losing the stored fat. It was also explained that once a person approaches their ideal body fat% exercise begins to play a greater role in maintaining their weight than it did while losing it. I lost a bit more than 100 pounds of stored body fat with the Zone diet and lifestyle while performing moderate amounts of exercise (both strength and aerobic). That was 16 years ago and I’ve maintained my fat loss ever since. Speaking from my experience, I’ve found there’s been no amount of exercise which compensates for the times when I’ve been a little bit more more lax with my food choices.

  5. Dan

    My waistline continues to shrink and it is from the daily, at least an hour, amount of aerobic exercise, that is bicycling, that I do. I do eat pretty well at 3400 calories a day. Aerobic exercise, such as vigorous swimming, bicycling or running can burn fat and esp. has been shown to reduce visceral fat in the belly. Crunches and sit-ups, on the other hand are not that effective for fat loss, although these can help strengthen abdominal muscles.

  6. sue

    Sounds just like the last version of this book.

  7. Spectra

    Some people can’t GET a six-pack, no matter how lean they get. It’s all about how tight the tendons are in that area. I have a “four pack” and I’m still pretty lean, but you can really only visibly see four sections of my abs. Still, as any fitness enthusiast can attest to, great abs are made in the kitchen, so the diet portion is definitely key.