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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With the paperback version of my book coming out July 12 of 2012, I've been reflecting on the myriad diets out there. There are lots of them and they make all sorts of claims – weight loss, belly fat, improved energy....
I have avoided making such claims for Just Tell Me What to Eat!, but in an interview the other day I was specifically asked about a few of the more popular claims and whether the Mediterranean diet could deliver on any of these claims. The interviewer's focus was on "belly fat" and it's clear that people are concerned about it and are looking for a diet plan to help them with it. While I don't care for hype, the fact is that a Mediterranean diet offers many of the same benefits that fad diets make their claims about, but the Mediterranean diet has the distinction of being backed by solid research - and you get to eat great food.
One of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean style diet is consuming a higher proportion of monounsaturated fats. It does appear that diets that are higher in mononusaturated fats (MUFA) are more effective at controlling abdominal adiposity (belly fat) than diets more rich in carbohydrates. As with a lot of the research on the physiology of nutrition, much of this is still in the speculative phase, but the science is quite good. How to Lose Belly Fat
Who thought that Taco Salad could be so good for you? When this recipe was suggested to me I thought that it could be good, but the result was relatively low in fat, low-sodium and high fiber. Likewise, there's a lot of vitamins because of all the veggies.
If you don't have time to make the Tomatillo Salsa, look for a salsa that is lower in salt at the grocery store. Most of the major brands have about 150 mg of sodium in a two tablespoon serving. Looking for the smaller manufacturers can be rewarding, with less than 100 mg of sodium in the same serving.
Q: Could you please tell me how I can calculate the Body Mass Index of my husband? He is an athletic person with a muscular body and you have said that the regular Body Mass Index would not apply to people like him.
A: We know that obesity is a major problem and one way that we track this is the Body Mass Index (BMI). It is not a perfect measure, however. It's used because of how simple and inexpensive it is to collect the data for research purposes. We use it as an indirect measure of body fat.
What we most care about is central adiposity (belly fat to most of us). There is now tons of research to show that obesity with a large waist circumference is as important (or maybe more important) than BMI. Waists greater than 40 inches for men or 36 inches for women are considered a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. BMI for Athletes
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