The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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It's the Sunday night before DAY ONE. I've read up to page 17 in Dr. Gourmet's new book, Just Tell Me What to Eat!, where it says: "A personalized [grocery] shopping list for Week 1 can be found at DrGourmet.com/shoppinglist." I had to stop there and find the grocery list given to me to by health science librarian Ruth Holst, president of the Medical Librarian Association and a cheesehead from rural Wisconsin. (Scherrer & Weller, 2010). She has Wisconsin-like things on her list that I'm not going to use in New Orleans, like real butter and fire logs. I modified the list to incorporate WEEK ONE items such as Promise Buttery Spread, Papaya juice, and pinenuts and went to the grocery store.
It's not YET Day One so I am going to indulge myself with a snack of garlic sesame sticks while I read the "rest of the story': instructions for the first week of my lifestyle updo: lose 20 pounds in 26 weeks, find my new physical activity groove, and plan a Nordstrom shopping spree for my new winter wardrobe in mid-October.
I'm a health science librarian at the Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University with former careers as home economics teacher and health educator. I am the daughter of a fit, fashionable socialite. How can it be that at 55, I am overweight and need daily doses of Lipitor and Hydrochlorothiazide tabs for high blood pressure?
I want to be fit and wear nice clothes that look nice on me. In this profession, I don't NEED to be fashion conscious, but I'm inspired by both my mom and the brightly-colored socks and pocket squares which match the ties worn by my physician and diet mentor, Timothy Harlan, MD. I believe my mind and body are telling me that my extra 20 pounds are not becoming to me and cannot be part of my future.
I'm going to lose them through diet and an active lifestyle. I'm going to embrace a reduced-calorie diet and more activity like riding my bike on the levee and exploring the south Louisiana swamps with my husband in our respective kayaks. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and these extra 20 pounds are not going to define me.
The clock is ticking. I must get back to reading and preparing. I may also have my final glass of wine (until Dr. Gourmet tells me I can imbibe again).
Scherrer, C. S., & Weller, A. C. (2010). Ruth Holst, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Library Association, 2010-2011. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 98(3), 200-202. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.98.3.003