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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Recently there was a study, funded in part by Jenny Craig, that showed that structured meal plans can help people lose weight. There are ads all the time for such plans – Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, Bistro MD.... These work - in a way - and I have had patients lose weight using such plans. But the weight doesn't stay off for long: they almost always gain it back. This is partly because the programs don't really teach you anything about eating healthy without someone else making the decisions about what to eat and when.
That said, I believe that convenience meals like those provided by Jenny Craig et al. can be a healthy part of your life. I'd much rather you make your own meals, whether it's taking a sandwich to work or putting together something healthy out of a well-stocked pantry, but I'm realistic. People do use Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Weight Watchers meals in lieu of cooking. If you are going to choose these, how do you know which ones are healthier? Our tasting panel at DrGourmet.com has sampled dozens of these products over the years and have found some that are fairly good (and a lot that are really terrible). Can You Make Convenience Foods Part Of A Healthy Diet?
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