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Lose Weight the Smart Low-Carb Way: 200 High-Flavor Recipes and a 7-Step Plan to Stay Slim Forever (Prevention Health Cooking) Hardcover – April 6, 2002

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Newman and Joachim explain the science behind a low-carb success and why low-carb does not mean no-carb, but rather the right sort of carbohydrates those with a low glycemic index. Unlike many other low-carb diets, this one promotes not high-fat and refined sugars but unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat, moderate amounts of lean protein, adequate fiber and the key elements of calorie control. The authors provide a low-carb pyramid of suggested eating proportions and begin with a seven-step weight loss program that promotes eating whole grains, controlling portion size and getting exercise. Each recipe (supported by a seven-day eating plan) includes a chart indicating the number of calories, diet values and diet exchanges. These are easy, basic dishes from the Hearty Country Vegetable Soup to the Lamb Chops with Olives. While many recipes are nicely spiced (such as the Turkey Drumstick Curry and Curried Chicken with Coconut), some, such as the Baked Cod with Lemon and Olive Oil, can be bland. These simple recipes are interspersed with time-saving and flavor tip sidebars and include more than 90 full-color photographs.
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“This healthy low-carb cookbook/health book is for everyone who loves great-tasting food and wants to look and feel good for life. It's a unique offering that delivers inspiration, motivation, solid science, and sinfully delicious food.” ―Ann Louise Gittleman, N.D., C.N.S., M.S., author of The Fat Flush Plan and Eat Fat, Lose Weight

“Finally a cookbook that combines all of the good principles of lowering carbohydrates in your diet (and none of the bad ones), without sacrificing a drop of flavor. The recipes are mouthwatering, delicious, and best of all, they take advantage of the best, freshest foods without reliance on prepackaged 'diet' foods or fake foods! Good information about keeping yourself trim and healthy for life!” ―Robyn Webb, author of Express Lane Diabetic Cooking and The Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible


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Product Details

  • Series: Prevention Health Cooking
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157954438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579544386
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Typical of publications from the Prevention magazine staff, "Lose Weight the Smart Low-Carb Way" takes into consideration the latest medical research to create a diet that helps you lose weight the healthy way. Unlike other low-carb diets like Atkins, it doesn't go to extremes. It doesn't recommend you go into a state of ketosis (the body's alternate way of getting energy when it doesn't have enough carbs), but rather, it advocates somewhat reduced carbs and choosing less harmful types of carbs.
Authors Bettina Newman and David Joachim first explain the whys behind low-carb dieting. I found particularly useful a section which addresses common concerns about low-carb diets such as whether the diet will have a detrimental effect on cholesterol levels. Newman and Joachim don't load you down with a bunch of theory on your body's metabolic response to this or that. In fact, theory and diet plan make up only about 20% of the book, and some of the 20% are personal triumph stories and diet menus for various calorie ranges. The majority of the book is recipes.
They then outline the diet plan. Although they start out with the basic principles which can be used alone, for those who do better watching grams and calories, more specific diet recommendations involving calorie counts and grams are provided. A simple calculation based on how active you are tells you how many calories you should aim for. For those who can't make the switch the book encourages a slow weaning from our previous eating habits, as even making one little change like not eating sugar can cause weight loss. Sprinkled throughout the book (including in the recipes section, so make sure you go through every page) there are valuable tips such as how to recognize alternate names for sugar ("hidden" sugar).
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I've been looking for a low-carb diet that I can actually stick with past 90 days. One that doesn't require me to run to Whole Foods or a specialty grocer every other day to get some arcane ingredient. I've investigated Atkins, both pro and con, it's ok but I have serious questions about sustainability. I can't figure out the new age mumbo-jumbo on The Zone's website. I just want a lower carb, not fanatically low but lower, diet that I can stick with using "normal", easy-to-find and cheap ingredients. THIS IS IT!
I've read all the reviews, I guess you either love it or hate it. It seems from my research and experience with Atkins followers that Atkins is quicker, and better for flash weight loss. But if you're willing to take the slow road and are in this for the long haul, I highly recommend this book. Contrary to the more militant Atkins Addicts, there is a middle road between Induction and Binging.
Common sense, sustainable, real-world, few special ingredients. That's what I was looking for. And I found it with this book.
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While still villified by some in the medical community and particularly by the low fat gurus, low carbohydrate diets are proving to be successful and healthy. The problem for me, as one who has used the Atkins' guidelines is that low carbohydrate diets are BORING!! To maintain a state of ketosis requires a daily carbohydrate intake of between 20-30 grams. The list of Atkins' approved foods is limited at best. Certainly, it is great to be able to eat all of the meat and eggs that you want, but let's face it, bacon and eggs for breakfast gets old very quickly. Green veggies are great and low in carbohydrates, but I love carrots and it is a real sacrifice to give up all root vegetables. Fruit too, is pretty much disdained by Atkins and this too, adds to the tedium of the dietary repertoire.
So along comes 'Lose Weight the Smart Low-Carb Way', which articulates a seven step approach to losing weight. To my absolute delight, the first two steps say to eat more grains and eat more veggies and fruit. To be sure, the remaining steps focus on sensible choices (lean meats, smaller portions, avoiding 'trigger' foods)and all of a sudden, what for me has been a short-term diet is now a reasonable and easy-to-maintain lifestyle. By the time you have reached page 79,(and you might want to re-read pp. 1-79), you will have a thorough understanding of why a low-carb diet works, how to get started, and how to make the program work for your lifestyle and tastes. The authors will give you lots of tips for food selection and substitution.
The bulk of this book is dedicated to cooking low carbohydrate meals. You may note that the recipes employ a liberal use of spices and herbs to enhance the flavor. This of course allows you to tailor the dish to suit your tastes.
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When I first saw the title with the words "smart low-carb" I had hopes that this book wouldn't disappoint, as so many others have. Well, hooray! It didn't. This is one of the best diet books I've read and I have a bookshelf full of them. The book is well written and plenty lucid and the suggestions are sensible. The authors tell you straight out that portion size is important and that calories count: you can't gorge yourself and expect to lose weight. I've tried some of the recipes and they are tremendously delicious. The book is a keeper.
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