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.
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I'm having my girlfriends over for dinner tonight. They've been reading my blog and know that I'm likely to serve a calorie- and sodium-restricted meal, but want to know what to bring, suggesting wine or dessert. So I told them to bring BOTH: wine AND dessert!
This is a lifestyle issue for me, motivated by excess weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Within six months I will have lost the weight and hopefully the meds too. What will remain is a repertoire of recipes, some new cooking techniques, and skills in portion control, therefore weight management. Management is the operative word. I'm learning the skills required to properly MANAGE my diet. I can drink wine and have dessert... in proportion to what else is going on.
The following day: I prepared Dr. Gourmet's Sloppy Joes with toasted Kaiser rolls and a nice Romaine salad with his delicious Thousand Island dressing. My Vietnamese friends brought the dessert: apples and a beautiful and perfectly prepared flan. My American friends brought a good bottle of Viogner. Everyone enjoyed the meal. We Americans learned that apples for dessert are prepared by paring, coring, and placing in bowl of water sprinkled with salt. First ate the apples, then the flan. I enjoyed a glass of wine and a slice of flan along with my guests.
I think that one thing making a big difference is reducing my alcohol intake. Occasionally we visit with my friend Grace and her friends on her lovely State Street porch. When we last talked, I told her that my new cocktail is soda water with fresh lime or lemon. So the next time we visit, Grace will have soda water as a matter of course and if anyone asks, I'll simply tell them that I'm watching my weight. This is a better strategy than arriving and struggling to decide which is a better alternative: wine, gin and tonic, or that horrible substitute: sugar-free tonic water.