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:
Dr. Gourmet Takes On
the All-American Hot Dog
Stonyfield Farm Frozen Yogurt vs. Ben & Jerry's
Freeze-Dried Fruits vs. Real Fruit
Peanut and Soynut Butters
Grits vs. Oatmeal
Soda vs. Water
Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
More Eat - Don't Eat....
Macaroni & Cheese
365 Macaroni & Cheese
Amy's Macaroni & Cheese (Frozen)
Annies Shells & Cheddar
Lean Cuisine Macaroni and Cheese
Fudgsicle No Sugar Added Frozen Bar
Häagen-Dazs ChocolateSorbet Bar
StonyfieldFarm Organic Frozen Yogurt
Stonyfield Farm Organic Frozen Yogurt: Low-Fat Minty Chocolate Chip
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Eclair
Häagen-Dazs Raspberry & Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Bars
Children who are fifteen and older may be treated as adults for the purposes of diet.
For those children ages fourteen and below, it is best that you consult your pediatrician to find out the appropriate caloric intake for your child.
For smaller children the following applies (but again, it's best to talk to your pediatrician):
The average 5 to 8 year-old needs about 40 calories per pound of weight, or 1,800 - 1,900 calories per day. Activity is going to have a lot to do with this, however. If your child is less active, they might need only 1,400 calories and if they are very active, they will need more.
Most dietitians recommend more than just three meals per day for kids. A good strategy is to use the 1,500 calorie Dr. Gourmet Diet plan as a guide and then supplement with nutritious snacks for your children when they are active. This means that your kids can eat the same healthy diet as you with adjustments for healthy snacks.
For healthy snacks consider the following ideas.
If you have any concerns about your children's weight, do check with their pediatrician. He or she can help you evaluate growth patterns, as well as height and weight for age and activity levels.
More Fruit, Less Junk
There's a lot of concern about childhood obesity, and justifiably so: over 1 in 3 children (including adolescents) are at least overweight, if not obese. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as of 2008, 20% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are obese, while 18% of kids 12-19 are obese.
A Little More Fiber Can Help You Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
More and more children and adolescents are considered overweight or even obese, leading to a related rise in the cases of insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes among children.
Proposed Nutrition Standards for School Foods
School age kids spend most of their day at school, where the foods that are available to them can range from healthy, nutritious foods in the lunchroom to sodas and candy from vending machines.
Grandparents also important to children's weight
The obesity epidemic is not limited to Western countries; China's growing economic development has had its impact on that country's waistline, as well.
Kids' weight control a family affair
We know that overweight and obese children are much more likely than normal-weight children to grow up to be overweight and obese adults. Studies have found that when parents take sole responsibility . . . .
Magazine articles on weight loss and their impact on teens
Studies of adolescent behavior indicate that about 10% of all high school students are trying to lose (or at least maintain) weight by using diet pills, powders or liquids.
Want your kids to eat more fruit?
I've written before about how few children and adolescents are eating their recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. Researchers at Yale University recently discovered a simple way to get kids to eat more fruit
Like parents, like kids
Experts in pediatrics have identified four important activity and dietary recommendations for children's health.
Kids also eat more while watching TV
I wrote not long ago about how distractions such as music during a meal will contribute to adults eating more than they would without music on, and you've probably heard the estimates that children consume about 25% of their daily meals in front of the television.
How much television do your kids watch?
A recent study from the University of Missouri followed 8,000 children from kindergarten through third grade. The children were participants in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Kindergarten Cohort, a sample of children from schools nationwide who entered kindergarten in 1989.
Adolescents low in fruits and vegetables
We've known for a while that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Since healthy eating habits are most easily set early in life, childhood and adolescent eating habits are becoming an important topic in dietary research.
Eating healthy important for kids' weight, too
It's clear that what's known as a "Western" diet, comprised of high-fat foods, refined grains, and lots of sugar, is one of the primary causes of the rise in obesity levels throughout the Western world. Most studies of dietary patterns, however, are focused on adults and their diets while in adulthood.
Impulsiveness may help explain childhood obesity
A great deal of attention is being paid to childhood obesity. In the press there are many causes put forth including the rise of fast food, consumption of soda and decrease in activity.