What diet do the experts recommend?

Feb 02, 2012
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What diet do the experts recommend? Well of course we could never get all of the experts to agree on anything!  But by putting together what a number of current writers have to offer, we came up with the following short list of Do’s to help us keep our weight in check.

1. “Just focus on cooking wholesome food; you’ll eat well and could even lose 5 pounds in a week. For breakfast, have yogurt and some fruit; for lunch, eat a soup and a winter salad with tuna and walnuts; at dinner, fill your plate with 3 to 4 ounces of fish or chicken, a couple of veggies, and a piece of fruit. And feel free to use a bit of butter or olive oil — you don’t have to deprive yourself.”

— Mireille Guiliano, author of The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook

2. “Make sure you’re the last one to start eating and also the last person to finish. I do this, and it helps me slow down and chew my food properly instead of inhaling what’s on my plate — and more. Eat this way and you’ll take in fewer calories at your meals.”

— JJ Virgin, Ph.D., author of Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms

3. “Cutting out after-dinner snacking is a quick way to help you shed 5 pounds in a week. At night, we’re usually scarfing down junky foods in front of the TV — and it’s easy to consume a meal’s worth of calories, plus belly-bloating sodium. If you’re typically hungry before bed, it might mean you’re eating dinner too early, so push it back. Snack on fruit at 3 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., have a snack bar. At 7:30, you’ll be ready for dinner, and you’ll be eating late enough to stay full for the rest of the evening.”

— Heather Bauer, RD, author of Bread Is the Devil: Win the Weight Loss Battle by Taking Control of Your Diet Demons

4. “Buy natural varieties of peanut butter and pour off the oil sitting on top. Each serving will have 20 fewer calories and 2 to 3 fewer grams of fat. It’s a small difference that’ll add up to a couple of pounds per year.”

— Amelia Winslow, personal chef in Los Angeles and founder of the healthy food blog Eating Made Easy

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5. “Skimping on fiber will make you gain weight. Forget the pretzels and go for a bag of low-fat popcorn. It has five times the fiber and only 90 calories for six cups, so it’s filling and satisfying. A recent study found that when women doubled their daily fiber intake from 12 to 24 grams, their bodies absorbed 90 calories less per day. You could lose almost 10 pounds in a year!”

— Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss

Author: Tanya

  • Tanya Whitehead

    For each one of these statements others will argue that another way is better. But here are the top ten at this time, for what it is worth!

  • BobLujano

    Sounds like fiber is the way to go

  • Dmitry Shamparov