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Dr. Flavor-Full's Diet

His Menu

Secret sauces and extra seasonings get the boot! Nutrition researcher David Katz, MD, won't overexcite his taste buds while trying to lose weight. "The more variety of foods and flavors you introduce, the more appetite is stimulated," Dr. Katz explains. "If your diet resembles an all-you-can-eat buffet, you're going to eat a lot." Dr. Katz also says that restricting meal options will help eliminate temptation. Redundancy is the safest bet.

Aim to consume 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, and stick to the plan for four to six weeks, he advises. Take a multivitamin to get the proper nutrients. Adhering to this program for the full six weeks should help you shed up to 20 pounds, he notes.

  • Protein: Egg whites, beans, lentils, skinless chicken (white meat), white fish (e.g., flounder, tilapia), nonfat cottage cheese, walnuts, and almonds.
  • Carbs: Mixed greens, broccoli, spinach, mixed berries, whole-grain cereal from Kashi, Health Valley, or Nature's Path.
  • Fat: Olive and canola oils.
  • Beverages: Water is the mainstay.

His Moves

Ideally, Dr. Katz would do a two-hour walk, bike ride, or swim daily. He'd turn up the heat by strength training three times a week. "Every pound of muscle you gain consumes twice as many calories as fat," he explains.

His Motivation Tip

Make strength training a staple in your workout to help maintain a toned physique, he says. "When I was 13 years old, I did 1,500 sit-ups a day. Now that I have a life and have built some muscle mass, I do a short training routine every day, and I've never lost my abs!"

Dr. Katz's Sample Daily Menu

Breakfast: Bowl of whole-grain cereal with skim milk and mixed berries

Lunch: Mixed green salad with lentils and egg whites

Dinner: Mixed green salad, grilled fish or chicken, cooked vegetables, and whole-grain bread, pasta, or grains

Snack: A mixed-berry salad or a handful of unsalted almonds or walnuts

-- David Katz, MD, director of Yale Prevention Research Center, author of Dr. David Katz's Flavor-Full Diet

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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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