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Doctor-Approved Crash Diets

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Think all crash diets are a no-no? Think again! These doctor-designed weight-loss plans work fast without putting your health at risk.

The Can-Do Doc's Plan

Her Menu

Weight expert Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, uses fresh fruits and vegetables as her main source of carbohydrates and adds more lean protein, such as chicken and fish, to help eliminate excess fluid retention caused by too much sodium intake or fluctuating menstrual cycles. She also buys calorie-controlled frozen meals from Lean Cuisine or South Beach Diet and saves the containers to measure out her own food portions. Another solution: Replace one meal with a protein shake.

Her Moves

"I'm the ultimate multitasker," says Fernstrom. "I want to exercise and de-stress at the same time." While she'd love to take a yoga class, she just doesn't have the time, and she won't even attempt to rearrange her schedule. Fernstrom isn't a fan of anything that she won't be able to maintain long-term. Her modest but effective commitment: one 30-minute walk carrying 2-pound weights every day.

Her Motivation Tip

"Lack of shut-eye and weight gain are hugely connected, so I make sure to get seven to eight hours of rest a night," she says. "It takes a certain amount of concentration to make healthful decisions."

-- Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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12/16/2011 01:05:30 PM Report Abuse
okchic18 wrote:

i agree, festivelady. the more variety i have in my diet the more i overeat because i can never decide on one thing i want most to eat. if i find something that is healthy and i really love, i tend to eat that almost daily instead of throwing in other options. doing this has made me successful at losing or maintaining my weight.

5/4/2010 02:57:15 PM Report Abuse
festivelady826 wrote:

Personally, I have also found that the more variety I have in my diet, the more I tend to overeat. I do better when my food choices are limited. The best way for me to lose weight is to purchase Lean Cuisines, supplemented with non-fat yogurt and fruit. It's ever so much easier to track calories this way as I think most people have problems with portion control.

4/26/2010 08:38:37 PM Report Abuse
cupcakefairy89 wrote:

As a chef this diet would make me absolutely miserable, eating only a small variety of flavors, I would get so bored.

1/5/2010 09:26:26 PM Report Abuse

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