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Just Tell Me What to Eat!: The Delicious 6-Week Weight Loss Plan for the Real World Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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This book offers a different approach than other diet books on the market in addition to valuable health information. Recommended for public libraries and anyone looking to lose weight and adopt healthy food practices.
"Recipes are simple, easy to follow and alternatives are included for every recipe. The Medical Science of cooking is presented in a way for everyone to comprehend."
--Karl J. Guggenmos - Dean of Culinary Education Johnson & Wales Univ.
"Doctor Harlan lays out the choices for a healthy lifestyle without ever bending the rules of physiology-- I've never read a book about food choices that was based so firmly on the facts."
"Does a masterful job of matching good, up-to-the moment science with good old-fashioned taste."
--Graham Kerr - The Galloping Gourmet
"The first recipe in this food-focused title--Fettuccini Alfredo--should reassure readers that his six-week diet is not about deprivation."
From the Author
In many ways I've been writing Just Tell Me What To Eat for about 25 years. Ever since my first book I have been writing what I have affectionately called "The Book." I've wanted to bring together sound science with real food to offer people a realistic alternative to a long line of fad diets that have failed them.
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, and Just 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.