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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Fiber is what your grandma used to call "roughage." It's not one particular food, but it's simply the part of foods that your body can't digest. Fibers are technically carbohydrates, but your body doesn't have the enzymes to break them down like it does with sucrose. As a result, they're not absorbed and essentially have no calories.
Fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fiber is thought of as "sticky" fiber and is more effective in lowering cholesterol. It is found in beans and some grains, such as oat bran, oatmeal and rye. Almost all fruits, such as apples, grapes, peaches, oranges and pears are high in soluble fiber (think sticky fruits). Most vegetables are also high in soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grain products like whole wheat flour, whole grain breads and pastas as well as cereal grains like rice, wild rice and seeds.
Rich, creamy sauces like Fettuccine Alfredo can be healthy! Start with less fat, cook the roux carefully, stir constantly when adding the liquid and thicken with a lower fat creamy cheese.
No other meal plan includes making extra for lunches and leftovers later in the week. This is truly a meal plan for the Real World! Recipes include Fettuccine Alfredo, Shrimp Fried Rice, and Taco Salad.