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Her Menu

Christine Lydon, MD, wears many hats: pin-up, ripped hottie/doctor/writer. But her diet is simpler than her resume. If she wanted to lose a little around the middle, Dr. Lydon would eat primarily protein and vegetables. Try this saucy recipe from her upcoming book:

Indian Chicken

Makes 8 servings

Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes

  • 8-10 skinless chicken hindquarters (thighs and legs)
  • 6 cups canned chickpeas, mashed
  • 2 cups baby-cut carrots

For the sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup low-fat or nonfat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 5.5 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 cup nonfat, sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lay chicken pieces flat over bottom of a 9-x-12-inch casserole dish. Evenly spread mashed chickpeas and baby carrots between and over chicken quarters.

In a large saucepan, saute onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil until onions are translucent. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir over low heat until mixture is well blended. Pour sauce over chicken, baby carrots, and mashed chickpeas. Place on the middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 1 hour.

Nutrition facts per serving: 570 calories, 42g protein, 5g carbohydrate, 23g fat (4g saturated), 13g fiber.

Her Moves

"You burn the most calories when you spike up your heart rate at least four or five times over a 20-minute period," Dr. Lydon says. Her favorite way to get that cardiac fluctuation is by playing sports, such as ice hockey and skiing in the winter and mountain biking during the warmer months. When she's not shredding dirt or snow, Dr. Lydon pumps iron with two pairs of weights, 5 and 10 pounds. "Multijoint movement, such as doing a squat and a shoulder press at the same time, will give you the best results," she says, and it saves time.

Her Motivation Tip

Drink about 60 ounces of water a day. Says Dr. Lydon, "Physiologically speaking, you burn fat most efficiently and are able to retain more muscle when you're adequately hydrated."

-- Christine Lydon, MD, author of Ten Years Thinner, out in January

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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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