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.
Get the prescription for better health as well as healthy weight loss, including:
I'm a cook, OK? The Joy of Cooking is my favorite book. All month long on my commute to work, I study the recipes in Southern Living and the Penzy's Spice catalog. I have fun testing whatever recipes strike my fancy. My husband prefers to eat my meals at home. And not surprisingly, one of our favorite activities is having friends over for a great dinner (and drinks). But it got me into trouble after 50 because I began to gain weight and finally my blood pressure and cholesterol levels exceeded their limit.
What I needed to support the active lifestyle my husband and I want to live was a whole new set of calorie and sodium-restricted recipes and some structure to get a new groove going. Packaged and processed food would not work for me/us. Neither would Weight Watchers or counting calories, and I was definitely not going to scrap my condiment collection.
While I have always adored the advice and recipes available at DrGourmet.com (read: Cashew Chicken) and even attempted to use the food diary and exercise record, I did not understand that what I NEEDED – and had been seeking - was a deeper understanding of what Dr. Gourmet is about.
I was on the cusp of the PREPARATION and ACTION stage: not quite ready to begin on Day ONE. I made so many mistakes early in the week that I decided I would approach this as if I was quitting smoking. I would TRY to follow the plan, but would think of it as preparation for beginning in earnest the following week.
I did not have a lunchbox, for one thing. The apples I purchased for lunch were mealy and I can not stand to eat bad fruit.
We liked the dinners so much that I ate more than I should have, totally forgetting to save some for lunch the next day. Calamity in the cafeteria! No one was working the salad bar so I selected soup of the day. Alas, it had bacon in it, but the packaged Caesar salad was palatable.
My girlfriends came to visit, so of course I had dinner and a (1) drink with them. I had to try the crawfish cheesecake and gumbo so that day was a bomb (so was the next morning). Oh, well! By week's end, I had sufficiently digested Chapter One and created an Excel shopping list which matches the grocery store layout.