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:
Every time I give a lecture I find myself saying "I love legumes." Of any single ingredient these are amazingly powerful and also delicious. Peanuts, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, okra, peas... there are so many great recipes.
This pea soup is a great balance of sweetness and spice and is perfect for those hot summer nights.
Chilled pea soup is the essence of summer but a little zing always helps. This is a little on the mild side of real zing but if you want to ramp it up a little, use an extra poblano or more cayenne pepper. Or you can roast a jalapeno along with the garlic and shallots. The key is to strike a balance between the sweetness of the peas and the spiciness of the peppers.
More on Legumes
Slim Your Waist with Whole Grains and Legumes
I've said for years that the most important factor in weight loss is the number of calories you eat versus the number of calories you burn. That said, we also know that some foods are more filling and satisfying than others, which is just one explanation for why those who eat more whole grains tend to gain less weight over the years. Further, those who eat more legumes seem to have a lower Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR).
Legumes Really Satisfy
Legumes, which include beans (such as red beans, navy beans, soy beans), lentils, peas, and edible pods (such as okra, snap peas and snow peas) are one of the nine tenets of the Mediterranean Diet. We know that adding legumes to your diet helps you reduce your risk of heart disease and colon cancer, helps improve cholesterol scores, and can even help you improve your blood pressure. They're high in fiber, which makes them especially satisfying, and we know that more fiber in your diet can help you avoid gaining weight.
The practical, daily guide to following a Mediterranean Diet at home. Recipes include Taco Salad, Red Beans and Rice, and Fettuccine Alfredo: familiar foods that your family will love and are great for you. Find out how these and other family favorites can help you be healthier! (And yes, you'll lose weight too!)