FWIW - A man who works for the same company I do, Blake Williams, took the Men's Health Abs Diet challenge last year and won their competition. Aside from losing 16 pounds in 6 weeks, he won a 2005 Mustang. Here's a little article about him.
He, along with the health coordinator here at work, gave a two-part seminar during lunch back in August of last year that got me interested in lifting weights. The first seminar was about the abs diet while the second detailed his circuit training program.
The Abs Diet itself is basically common sense. However, the aspect he liked about it was that all
the meals and workouts were detailed in advance for him. There was no planning involved on his part. He only had to print out a grocery list and workout routine once a week. The recipes were all provided, along with details of when to eat what meals.
For someone who isn't sure about or has little experience with how to create a personal diet and exercise routine, it's probably not a bad investment. In fact, had it not been for his seminars last summer, I probably wouldn't be regularly lifting weights myself.
Edit: And I'm glad I attended those seminars. I just got back the results from my annual blood test. With about 4-5 months of lifting and healthy eating under my belt, my overall cholesterol dropped from 247 to 226 compared to last January. And my bad cholesterol is lower while my good cholesterol is higher. Not to mention I'm probably 10-15 pounds lighter overall (and have probably lost more fat than that, considering the muscle I've gained). :D