Lose the Pounds for Good with a Cardiologist's Simple, Healthy, Proven Plan
Steven A. Schnur, M.D.
by Rachel Levin
secret to successful dieting, says cardiologist Steven
Schnur, is not rocket science: if calories burned exceed
calories consumed, the result is weight loss. Many fad
diets conceal this truth by suggesting that restricting
one type of food is the talisman to shedding pounds.
Schnur debunks the myths of deprivation diet programs
and advocates fiber as the key to shedding points healthfully
and permanently. Fiber stops hunger and thereby promotes
lower calorie intake; fights fat by preventing the absorption
of calories from the small intestine; and lowers the
risk of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
centerpiece of Schnur’s Reality Diet is the 2:90
rule: two grams of fiber for every 90 calorie serving
of carbohydrates, a practical ratio for ensuring adequate
daily intake and holding calories steady. Taking into
account the differing nutritional needs of men and women,
the meal plan suggests a certain number of servings
from each of seven categories of healthful foods by
gender. Chapters on setting goals, incorporating exercise,
securing emotional support and dealing with restaurants
and holidays demonstrate Schnur’s well-rounded
approach. Eight weeks of menus include tasty options
like caramelized banana and peanut butter toast, cornmeal-crusted
sole and ginger pear crumble. With this return to reality,
long-term weight maintenance is no longer a thin possibility.
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(Updated: 09/04/08 HC)