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Just Tell Me What to Eat!: The Delicious 6-Week Weight-Loss Plan for the Real World Paperback – September 11, 2012
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Library Journal, 5/1/11
“Offers a different approach than other diet books on the market in addition to valuable health information. Recommended for…anyone looking to lose weight and adopt healthy food practices.”
“A winning, easily implemented blend of medically sound weight-loss advice and recipes for delicious, nutritious food…Clear, simple directives tell readers not only what to eat, but when, how and why…Recommended for those who need meal-by-meal guidance and aren’t willing to forgo their favorite foods—the perfect marriage of medical knowledge and gourmet cooking.”
“When you get to the end of Just Tell Me What to Eat!, you will have dramatically changed your eating habits and naturally reduced your weight.”
“Dr. Harlan is trying to simplify the confusing dieting guidelines out there, and he manages to do it without limiting our options.”
Kingman Daily Miner, 7/10/11
“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…Just Tell Me What to Eat! is just what the doctor ordered.”
Deseret News, 7/20/11
“If you are looking for a diet that includes fettuccine alfredo with shrimp and broccoli, barbecue chicken pizza and chocolate cheesecake, look no further…This diet is not a short-term fad; it’s a lifestyle change. If you are looking for guidelines and tips to healthy eating based on current scientific knowledge and an emphasis on plant-based whole foods, this book is worth looking at.”
“What Harlan does is revolutionary…yet stunningly simple. Just Tell Me What to Eat! isn’t a diet plan or fad diet. It just looks at good, wholesome food and how to prepare it and what it’s made of and how it will manifest inside your body…Great, easy to follow recipes indicate that this one should be added to many people’s cookbook shelves. If you have more questions than answers about diet and dieting, Just Tell Me What to Eat! is a terrific idea.”
“An informed and informative book about dieting that should prove helpful to take its advice and stick to it.”
“An encouraging, supportive guide dieters will relish.”
“A six week weight loss plan for those of us who have to exist in the real world. What’s special about this book are the tips on how to read a label, how to understand dietary cholesterol, and the fact that he provides info on meals you can eat in restaurants without going off the plan. Recipes like Roasted Yams With Rosemary help ease the way to healthier eating.”
“The easy-to-follow menu guide approach for weight loss makes Just Tell Me What to Eat a great one for those who have never put a menu together, let alone one for healthy cooking…The recipes include a wide variety of cuisines…so there is no flavor burnout during the 6-week diet plan.”
Gumbo Entertainment Guide, January 2012
“Shows just how you can eat food you love and still lose two to four pounds per month.”
Portland Book Review, 1/11/13
“Harlan’s book is comprehensive, offering menus, name brand food options, and cooking techniques. Each recipe shares nutritional information, and breakfast, lunch and dinner options abound. There are many good pieces of advice in this book—from how to read labels, ingredients to steer clear of, to understanding cholesterol. If you are truly ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle, including eating better, Just Tell Me What to Eat! is a must have for your shopping list.”
From the Author
The problem has been the state of the scientific research into diet and nutrition. Only in the last decade or so have we really had a significant body of good, reliable research into the relationship between diet and diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. That's what has allowed me to write Just Tell Me What to Eat.
Without the benefit of sound science, in the last 40 years we've seen an explosion of well-meaning authors who created diets that focused on the wrong thing - not food but the macronutrients: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. These diets have stolen food from us and changed the conversation in such a way that we no longer think of food as food. Now people think about food in terms of macronutrients, which are either "good" or "bad" with no grey areas. First carbs were demonized - essentially stolen from us for no good reason - and then fats were labeled "bad" based on incomplete science.
That's been unfortunate because the recent boom of research into food and nutrition tells us that the right diet is not about any one macronutrient - it's about food and moderation. Those who eat real food and in the right balance do well. They lose weight and have fewer heart attacks, less diabetes and lower risk of cancer.
In our day to day lives, eating is not about macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, it's about food! We don't go to the store and look for carbs. When we're there we don't ask the butcher for protein. No one opens their fridge and says "hmmm, what fat will I have for dinner?" What we look for is food - pasta, rice, corn, pork tenderloin, shrimp, olive oil and butter.
And the best way to eat healthy is to start thinking of food as food. Protein, carbohydrates and fats are important, but what's really key is great quality tuna and flank steak, tomatoes, apples, pecans, beans, corn, olive oil and yogurt.
In the last 25 years, as I've been writing about nutrition and reviewing the research, it has become clear to me that the discussion we need to be having is about ingredients, not macronutrients, andJust Tell Me What To Eat does just that. It shows readers why each of the macronutrients are necessary and good for you and how to use the best quality ingredients to make great food.
More About the Author
A practicing, board-certified Internist, Dr. Tim's love of food preparation began as a teenager working in the restaurant business. Starting as a dishwasher, he worked his way up to managing his first restaurant by the age of eighteen and at age twenty-two opened his own restaurant: a small French bistro.
Three years operating Le Petit Café--creating menus, being a chef and teaching cooking classes--were challenging and creative. Closing the restaurant to return to school was an important turning point. Dr. Harlan originally intended to pursue a degree in hotel and restaurant management, but events led him toward medicine and the decision to become a physician.
After finishing an undergraduate degree in anthropology and biology, Dr. Harlan went on to study at Emory University School of Medicine. Working as a caterer throughout school, he continued to be involved with food and cooking but noticed a lack of knowledge in the medical field about eating healthy and eating well. Neither patients nor health care providers understood much about a healthful diet. Patients, it seemed, were usually told not what they could eat but, rather, what they could not eat.
In medical school, Dr. Harlan wrote It's Heartly Fare, a book best characterized as a food manual for patients with cardiovascular disease. He has published other books including, Hand on Heat: A Perfectly Ordinary Cookbook and The Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users.
He is publisher and editor of the popular web site DrGourmet.com.
Dr. Gourmet has been an on air consultant to the TV Food Network show Cooking Thin and a host on the DIY network show AskDIY. In 2002 The Dr. Gourmet Show, which aired on regional public television, won an Emmy® award.
You can find more at drgourmet.com/tellmewhattoeat
Top Customer Reviews
This book is the one you want to buy for all your friends this Christmas.
The one recipe I was terrified of (Thai peanut & scallop pizza) ended up being my favorite!! I have made it 3x so far! And the Lentil Chili is my go-to lunch. I keep it stocked in my freezer! YUM!
P.S. I didn't exercise my first week still lost 1.5 lbs. That's a great loss. Good Luck
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It presents clear alternatives to recipes. If you're looking to do a (insert famous weight loss system that sends you frozen food) program on your own the frozen foods listed here... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LibraryDirector
so much reading and some of the meal prep is a hassle, not really made for the quick and simple mealsPublished 14 months ago by Shupa
Very good, but some of the recipes are very time consuming. for a busy mom you have to really learn to prep. Still doing the program but so far delicious meal. I like the variety.Published 16 months ago by Taryn
lIKE THE TITLE, BUT HAVE YET TO READ IT MYSELF. PASSED IT ONPublished 18 months ago by Susan Boynton