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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I've been involved in writing about nutrition now for over two decades, and I have seen a lot of changes. I will see more in the next 20 years to be sure. The one area, however, where I do believe that we have a good understanding about what works and what doesn't is fats.
There's a long history, but suffice to say that it began with the mistaken assumption that all fats were bad, especially saturated fat. People were then told to follow a low fat diet. Not unsurprisingly, the average American translated this to mean that they should not eat any fat and to avoid red meat, butter and lard. During that time margarine was considered to be a "better" fat choice than butter.
The last 25 years of increasingly good dietary research has shown us that low fat diets are actually harmful and that it is the ratio of good quality mono and polyunsaturated fat to saturated fat that is key. We also learned that health problems have far more to do with trans-fats than saturated fats. Butter vs. Margarine
I chose to use bacon instead of tahini, the traditional fat used in hummus, because its rich, Southern flavor would give this a down home feel. The sage adds to the savory flavor and the red pepper flakes offer a bit of zing at the end.
I'm almost half way to losing 25 pounds and every pound counts. With each pound lost, I feel more like myself and more in control of my life. I'm moving at a faster pace along the stages of change (transtheoretical or TTM) model proposed by Prochaska originally to describe the stages which people experience as they quit smoking and more recently applied to dietary change. I found this article by Caroline Horwath, PhD, a nutrition researcher whom I respect, who affirms that the transtheoretical model is applicable to increased fruit and vegetable consumption. 3 Months (12 Weeks) and 11 Pounds
This is a 6-week plan that will have you and your family eating well and eating healthy, while learning how to improve your life and your health, one plate at a time. Find out more about Just Tell Me What to Eat! or purchase your own copy for $19.99.
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