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The Heart Doc's Plan

Her Menu

Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, knows that ignoring the little things, like nutrition labels, could pack on the pounds easily. "Processed foods may advertise as being low in cholesterol when they're loaded with sugar," warns Dr. Goldberg. So don't eat anything processed, fried, slathered in butter, coated with sugar, or made with white flour. Also, "weigh food portions to make sure a 3-ounce serving of chicken is really 3 ounces," she says.

Her Moves

Recruit an exercise buddy for inspiration -- and emancipation from boredom. And if Dr. Goldberg couldn't find an ally? "I'd make my husband do it with me," she says, laughing. As a bonus to burning calories, Dr. Goldberg notes, "Doing any kind of physical activity actually keeps me from thinking about food."

Her Motivation Tip

Dr. Goldberg knows she'll lust after carbs -- the bad ones, of course -- right before her period. "To avoid temptation, I just try to remember how bloated and sleepy they make me feel," she says.

-- Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the NYU Women's Heart Program, author of The Women's Healthy Heart Program

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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.

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