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:
By the numbers: I began at 148 and four months later am now 134 (give or take a pound). Dr. Tim (Dr. Gourmet) says that I should aim for 130 by December, which would be 18 pounds lost in eight months.
But the amazing thing to me is the biochemistry of the program. When I began, my total cholesterol was 240 and was controlled by Lipitor. Now my cholesterol is a "quite good" 223 and I am OFF the Lipitor! My blood pressure has returned to an average of 120/72 (again with NO medication).
By maintaining these numbers (and continuing to improve them), I am controlling my risk factors for cardiac disease, predisposing myself to an active lifestyle and maintaining my figure so that I can wear fashionable clothes. As a lifestyle choice, I prefer to control as many things as possible (remember that I am a librarian), so controlling weight makes sense all the way around for me.
As I watch my parents and cat (Felix is 17.5 and received a great senior cat check-up recently) age gracefully, I know how important it is to maintain health. It's our main asset. Without it, you can't enjoy anything. With it, you can enjoy everything and look good.
My step dad, Robert G. Achorn, will turn 95 tomorrow. Happy birthday, Dad! He played 18 holes of golf yesterday in the Florida sun and drives a new Cadillac. What a guy!
They are having a big cocktail party tomorrow evening. My sister has arranged for birthday greetings from Speaker of the House John Boehner (Dad wouldn't appreciate the same greeting from a Democrat President so Boehner will suffice). Dartmouth sent a yearbook in which Dad wrote a story, as did Rivers Country Day. His fraternity, Sigma Chi, sent greetings and he went on the Freedom Flight this year to see the WWII Memorial where he was greeted by Bob Dole.
It's the story of a life well-lived, problems included. He is enjoying his life at 95 because he has his health, an active lifestyle, a good social life, and he's married to my mom!