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AuthorIsaacs, Clark
PositionJust Tell Me What to Eat!; Digging Deep - Book review

Just Tell Me What to Eat!

Timothy S. Harlan, MD

DaCapo Press

c/o Perseus Books Group

11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

9780738214528, $25.00,

Dr. Timothy S. Harlan's book "Just Tell Me What to Eat!" is for those of us who are overweight and need more than just a diet plan to lose weight! He wears many hats which amply qualify him to also be known as Dr. Gourmet. He is medical director at the Tulane University School of Medicine, a chef, professor, and Emmy winning television personality.

There are many fad diets which we all have been exposed to over the years. Each one of them has many attributes and quirky recipe ideas. However, one thing that most of them have in common is the dieter after achieving a weight loss goal will gain the weight back plus several more pounds.

There have been the "Atkins's Diet, South Beach, Ornish, Zone, the blood type diet, detoxing, and the cookie diet." According to Dr. Harlan "I have heard it all and never had a patient truly succeed with them for the long term."

The main reason he feels is that the fad diets do not work is people do not understand food. Great tasting food needs to become a part of their lives, even while dieting. This is one book which concentrates on the idea of losing weight and enjoying it.

An outstanding feature of this book is that in simple terms you are shown how to change your eating habits by putting a variety of healthy food items into meal planning. Dr. Harlan pointed out that in order to have a successful diet plan it is necessary to have the items for meals in the house. The excuse of not having all ingredients available should not interfere with healthy meals. Shopping lists are referenced to a website which he maintains. Serving portions for the diets are to be measured by weight and the meal is prepared for all household members. Portion control can be increased for those who are not dieting and in the provided recipes are methods for adding additional quantities.

A novel twist is the interaction between the book and a website. At last we have some advance thinking and more bang for your buck!

Each week of the plan are tasteful palate openers! Two meats dishes, three fish dishes, and two vegetarian meals form the basics. Not only does the good doctor tell what you should eat, he tells how to prepare the food so that it is tasty and appetizing. From time to time we all like to eat out and get some of those meals which are made...

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