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Just Tell Me What to Eat!: The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World

by Timothy S. Harlan

According to a 2009 report from the American Heart Association, 145 million Americans ages 20 and up are overweight or obese. With such a large-scale epidemic, finding a way to decrease this number seems impossible. But Dr. Timothy Harlan realized he had a solution when his overweight patients complained that they were sick of hearing confusing information about what not to eat: they wanted to be told what to eat. The former chef combined his passion for cooking and his desire to help people get healthy to create a six-week practical diet plan that tells people exactly what to ingest, day by day.

Just Tell Me What to Eat! is not a fad diet, nor is it a typical diet plan. It not only tells readers what to eat but tells them why to eat it, thus ensuring that they'll know how to keep eating for maximum weight loss and health benefits, even when the six weeks are over. Readers are also taught how to adapt their own recipes so that they're low in the quantity of calories consumed, but high in the quality. This makes the diet a long-term solution rather than another quick fix.

The recipes include delicious foods from a variety of cuisines including Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, French, and American. They range from steamed clams in spicy tomato corn broth, to pumpkin-crusted trout with lemon sauce, to eggplant parmesan with fresh mozzarella and basil. There's even a recipe for a healthy creme brulee. And while emphasis is placed on the importance of cooking as often as possible, the plan offers convenience food and restaurant meal alternatives for those nights when there simply isn't time to prepare a meal. Just Tell Me What to Eat! includes shopping lists, nutrition tips, cooking techniques, a weekly meal plan, a daily mean plan, and a food diary to make the diet easy to incorporate into everyday life.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD—a.k.a. Dr. Gourmet—is medical director at the Tulane University School of Medicine and a chef, professor, and Emmy-winning television personality. He lives in New Orleans.



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