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Abs Diet®

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Background

  • "The Abs Diet" is a book written by Dave Zinczenko, the current Editor-in-Chief of "Mens Health magazine." Although the ultimate goal of the Abs Diet® is to help individuals define their abdominal muscles, Zinczenko encourages individuals to adopt eating patterns and a lifestyle that are conducive to achieving physical fitness. Exercises focusing on the abdominal muscles are combined with eating patterns to assist adherents in losing weight.
  • While the title of Zinczenko's book implies that adherents will develop all of the abdominal muscles in suggested exercises, the focus is actually on developing the rectus abdominis muscles. The development of these muscles is a key component of the exercises, including abdominal muscle crunches, in this diet. This muscle group runs in four equidistant parallel lines on both sides of the anterior abdomen.
  • As the editor of "Men's Health" magazine, Zinczeno has been able to attract considerable attention for his eating plan. The diet's eating and exercise plan is based on the American popular culture conception that defined abdominal muscles may render a male more sexually attractive.
  • "The Abs Diet" is written to appeal to health and appearance-conscious young and middle-aged men.
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References

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