The 20/30 Fat & Fiber Diet Plan: The Weight-Reducing, Health-Promoting Nutrition System for Life (Harper Resource Book)

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9780062736505: The 20/30 Fat & Fiber Diet Plan: The Weight-Reducing, Health-Promoting Nutrition System for Life (Harper Resource Book)

Discover the healthy way to eat right and lose weight!

Stop worrying about what to leave off your plate and add the all-important ingredient for any super-effective diet: fiber. Doctors and nutritionists agree that a low-fat, high-fiber diet will help you shed weight, prevent disease, and improve overall health quickly and easily. Building on these principles of healthy eating, this safe, proven, and easy-to-manage program fits any lifestyle and includes:

  • More than 100 delicious high-fiber, low-fat recipes

  • content listings for more than 5,000 favorite foods

  • a handy plastic counter wheel to help you track your daily fat and fiber intake and figure out what you can eat freely and what you should cut back on or avoid.

The 20/30 Fat & Fiber Diet Plan will dramatically improve how you look and, more importantly, how you feel--and get you started on a lifetime of healthy living.

 

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The average American eats the fat equivalent of a cup of butter each day, and it's easy to convert this dietary fat to body fat (the saying "A moment on the lips, forever on the hips" isn't so farfetched after all). This is probably why one in three adults in this country is obese. But authors Gabe Mirkin, M.D., and Barry Fox, Ph.D. (coauthor of the bestselling Arthritis Cure) say that focusing on cutting the fat out of your diet is not the right way to lose weight, as a drastically low-fat diet almost always leads to late-day bingeing.

By increasing dietary fiber to 30 grams a day (with beans, whole grains, and vegetables), and by moderately cutting fat intake to 20 grams, they say that permanent weight loss can be achieved-- without painful hunger pangs, headaches, or petulant fits of rage that threaten your long-term relationships. This is the very diet that TV talk-show host Larry King credits with saving his life.

Of course, this is the diet that everyone knows they should be following. Eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet including vegetables has been shown to help prevent colon, breast, lung, and other kinds of cancers; helps keep the heart healthy; may prevent adult-onset diabetes; and lowers blood pressure. But having a life often gets in the way of eating right. That's where the hundred easy-to-prepare recipes in The 20/30 Fat and Fiber Plan come in, including Southwestern Bean Dip, Extra Quick Chili, and Sicilian Minestrone. Few recipes require more than 10 ingredients, and most can be made in less than half an hour. More than 100 pages of fat and fiber counts for thousands of foods, including take-out and brand-name items, make it easy to follow the plan while eating on the run.

The 20/30 Fat and Fiber Plan recognizes that humans are, after all, fallible, so you're allowed to "cheat" on the diet. "The 19 Meals Rule" says that each week, if you follow the plan for 19 meals, you can eat whatever you want for 2 meals. While the authors say not to stuff yourself, this does make the 20/30 plan one you can follow even while eating out. They also avoid the a word (aerobics) and give guidelines for playing away excess weight.

Hallelujah, a sensible weight-loss plan that improves your health, rather than endangering it like so many diet fads of late! --Erica Jorgensen

About the Author:

Gabe Mirkin, M.D., a practicing physician for 40 years, is board-certified in four specialties and is an associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. A pioneer in the fitness movement and host of a medical talk show for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is the author of eight books, including the bestselling The Sportsmedicine Book, and numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters.



Barry Fox, Ph.D, is the author or co-author of many health-related books including the bestselling Beverly Hills Medical Diet.

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