Most experts recommend weight loss at no more than one to two pounds per week.
Consult with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new diet.
Many of the "power foods" are high in fiber. Daily intake of 3 grams of soluble fiber from oats or 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. A diet high in soluble fiber may reduce total serum cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol") by as much as 15%. By forming a gel, water soluble fibers may stay in the stomach longer and help slow food absorption. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized food companies to use a health claim for soluble fiber from both psyllium and oats. For example, the new claim for psyllium states, "Soluble fiber from foods with psyllium husk, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."
There is extensive scientific evidence suggesting that regular exercise offers major health benefits. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the failure to exercise regularly is a significant precursor to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Exercising on a regular basis is one of the most inexpensive and easiest measures a person can take in order to reduce their risk and/or delay the onset of serious illnesses. In general, the type and intensity of exercise performed is not necessarily as important as simply completing the exercise. However, the increased prominence of abdominal muscles is apparently a desired result of specific exercises in the Abs Diet® .
A 2006 article in "The American Journal of Nursing" reviewed a series of popular weigh loss and diet strategies. The article found that controlling portion size was a crucial element of diet success. Further, the article stressed the importance of the patient's dedication to behavioral change necessary to sustain long-term changes in exercise and eating routine.
A 2007 article in the "Mayo Clinic Proceedings" stated that treatment of obesity requires the physician and patient to tackle diet, physical activity, and behavioral issues. In some cases, medication and surgical treatments not discussed in the Abs Diet® may be warranted.
A 2007 article in "The Journal of Nutrition" found that an increase in energy use by exercise and a decrease in caloric intake (through an eating routine such as the one described in "The Abs Diet") improves the body's glucose tolerance and insulin action. Such changes in the body metabolism may stave off obesity and pre-diabetes.