Well, I haven't read the book, but I did read the reviews and synopsis on Amazon just now.
Whole foods? Low fat? one treat meal a week? Sounds a lot like Body for Life to me. Actually it sounds like a lot of diets out there. Except this book is calling it the AB DIET - that's their spin on it. The South Beach Diet was also marketed as being great for 'burning off the belly fat'. Unfortunately, no diet in the world is going to target fat burning in a specific area - it's very much systemic. When I've lost weight, it's always been a matter of 'last on, first off' - I'll start losing fat from the place I most recently gained it.
However, for guys in particular (using my own husband as an example) the gut is where most of the fat is on their bods. (For me, it's always been thighs/butt/belly/boobs/arms.) As this book is written by an editor of Men's Health magazine, I'd have to say that it's probably geared more towards the guys...
If the diet is easy for you to follow and it's healthy, then you might as well go for it. To me, though, it sounds like a WHOLE LOTTA OTHER DIETS OUT THERE. Just has a catchy name, that's all! It's all about marketing ya know.
Highest weight: 265 pounds, size 24/26 (May 1990)
May 1991: 174 pounds (-91 lbs)
September 1996: 155 pounds (-110 lbs)
*LIVING at: 145-149 pounds, size 4/6 (-116/120 lbs)
*Maintenance = LIVING.
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