by Babs ‘O’ Reilly
(Miami Beach, Florida, USA)
Eat more and weigh less? Really? Sounds like a scam, right? Fortunately, it’s not.
Dr. Dean Ornish has based his diet plan on the sound evidence that what you eat is more important than how much you eat.
Dr. Ornish’s Plan:
The Eat More, Weigh Less plan breaks foods down into three main categories. These categories include: foods that should be eaten often, foods that should be eaten occasionally and foods that should never be eaten.
Dr. Ornish is an expert in the field of health and heart disease. He’s a contributing expert at WebMD and is a practicing cardiologist.
Eat More, Weigh Less is more than a standard weight loss plan. It’s a plan designed to help you live a healthier life.
Besides explaining why and how you can eat more and weigh less, the book also offers a wealth of recipes ranging from salads to pizza and desserts.
The menu plans and recipes are designed so you can eat as much as you want to and still lose weight. The Eat More, Weigh Less plan is a simple, straightforward and realistic approach to losing weight.
The Food Breakdown:
One of the most compelling aspects of this diet is the concept that there are foods you can eat all the time. These foods include:
* Whole grains
Of course this list, while the foods will certainly leave you feeling satisfied, may leave you wanting more from time to time. That’s where the foods you can eat occasionally help. These foods include:
* Non-fat dairy products, which includes skim milk and non-fat cheeses. Ice cream is not on this list due to the high sugar content and high fat content. However some brands of frozen yogurt may fit the requirements.
* Non-fat, low-fat and low-sugar pre-packaged foods. Sometimes you just want to eat something you don’t have to prepare yourself. You can eat boxed, pre-packaged, foods on the Ornish diet.
Just make sure to read the label. You want it to be both low fat and low sugar. If it has more than two grams of fat per serving, put it back on the shelf.
What about those foods you cannot eat? On the Ornish Diet the list is extensive and weeds many people out.
They’re simply unwilling to eliminate these foods from their diet and their life. The foods you must eliminate on the Ornish Diet include:
* Meat. This means no red meat, no white meat and no fish. If you simply cannot give up meat then it is only possible to stay on the Ornish Diet if you limit your intake to one meat serving a week or less.
* You’re also not allowed to eat high-fat foods like nuts, avocados, olives and seeds.
* Dairy products are not allowed unless they’re non-fat.
* No alcohol
* No sugar. That includes high fructose corn syrup, honey and molasses too.
If this diet sounds too restrictive to you then it may not be the right choice. However, generally speaking the plan is fairly simple. You don’t need to count calories and you don’t need to measure portions, points or track anything.
The only information you need to know is that the food doesn’t contain fat. The goal is to make sure 10% or fewer of your calories come from fat.
If you can read a food label and track your fat calories, and you can exercise for thirty minutes a day, you will find success on the Ornish Diet.