Needless to say, one of the resolutions that seems HIGH on many of our lists is losing weight and getting fit. Over the next few weeks you’ll get to read about some great (and not so great) books and products and in many cases – you’ll have the chance to WIN some of them, to help YOU follow through on all of those resolutions on your list.
What better way to kick off the New Year than with a PRACTICAL guide from some of the most respected experts in medicine? This is no fad diet, but rather a PLAN that you can live with in order to achieve your goals of shedding the pounds.
To get you motivated the book begins with a Quick Start Plan that will help you lose up to 6-10 lbs. in the first 2 weeks. Of course if you’re like ME, you can do it for 2 weeks and then you lose steam. The Mayo Clinic Diet actually teaches you how to FIND your inner motivation to succeed.
Usually I find diet books to be quite boring. They are generally filled with a lot of information that I don’t really need. I have a tendency to skip over all of the WHY’S and go right to the How-To part (the diet itself). The Mayo Clinic Diet is so chocked full of USEFUL information, great photos, and facts that you’ll actually USE, that I made it through without skipping ahead.
The diet is based on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid, which means no stressing about eating special diet foods or not being able to go out to dinner with friends. No need for fancy scales or calculators. You’ll develop habits that will keep you eating healthy for the rest of your life.
Of course, we all know that journaling your progress helps the most and The Mayo Clinic Diet also puts out a companion journal (sold separately) to the book that helps you record your progress with food lists, shopping lists, activity records and daily tips. It’s a great way to track your goals and stay with the plan.
From the book –
Healthy cooking doesn’t mean you have to become a gourmet chef or invest in special cookware. Simply use standard cooking methods to prepare foods in healthy ways. You can also adapt familiar recipes by substituting other ingredients for fat, sugar and salt.
Use these methods
These methods best capture the flavor and retain the nutrients in your food without adding too much fat or salt.
• Baking. Besides breads and desserts, you can bake seafood, poultry, lean meat, and vegetable and fruit pieces of the same size. Place food in a pan or dish (covered or uncovered) and bake. You may need to baste the food with broth, low-fat marinade or juice to keep the food from drying out.
• Braising. Braising involves browning the meat or poultry first in a pan on top of the stove, and then slowly cooking it covered with a small amount of liquid, such as water or broth. In some recipes, the cooking liquid is used afterward to form a flavorful, nutrient-rich sauce.
• Grilling and broiling. Both grilling and broiling expose fairly thin pieces of food to direct heat and allow fat to drip away from the food. If you’re grilling outdoors, place smaller items, such as chopped vegetables, in a long-handled grill basket or on foil to prevent pieces from slipping through the rack. To broil indoors place food on a broiler rack below a heat element.
• Poaching. To poach foods, in a covered pan gently simmer ingredients in water or a flavorful liquid, such as broth, vinegar or juice, until cooked through and tender. For stove-top poaching, choose an appropriate-sized covered pan and use a minimum amount of liquid.
• Roasting. Roasting uses an oven’s dry heat at high temperatures to cook the food on a baking sheet or in a roasting pan. For poultry, seafood and meat, place a rack inside the roasting pan so that the fat can drip away during cooking.
• Sautéing. Sautéing quickly cooks small or thin pieces of food. If you choose a good-quality nonstick pan, you can cook food without using fat. Depending on the recipe, use low-sodium broth, cooking spray, water or wine in place of oil or butter.
• Steaming. One of the simplest cooking techniques to master is steaming food in a perforated basket suspended above simmering liquid. If you use a flavorful liquid or add herbs to the water, you’ll flavor the food as it cooks.
• Stir-frying. Stir-frying quickly cooks small, uniform-sized pieces of food while they’re rapidly stirred in a wok or large nonstick frying pan. You need only a small amount of oil or cooking spray for this cooking method.
Find new ways to add flavor
Instead of salt or butter, you can enhance foods with a variety of herbs, spices and low-fat condiments. Be creative.
Poach fish in low-fat broth or wine and fresh herbs. Top a broiled chicken breast with fresh salsa. Make meats more flavorful with low-fat marinades or spices — bay leaf, chili powder, dry mustard, garlic, ginger, green pepper, sage, marjoram, onion, oregano, pepper or thyme.
To bring out the sweetness in baked goods, use a bit more vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg.
Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., is chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine and a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. He is also an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. A specialist in nutrition and weight management, Dr. Hensrud advises individuals on how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. He conducts research in weight management, and he writes and lectures widely on nutrition-related topics. He helped publish two award-winning Mayo Clinic cookbooks.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,600 physicians and scientists and 50,000 allied staff work at Mayo, which has sites in Rochester, Minn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Collectively, Mayo Clinic treats more than 500,000 patients a year.
For more than 100 years, millions of people from all walks of life have found answers at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic works with many insurance companies, does not require a physician referral in most cases and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
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The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well, Enjoy Life, Lose Weight is available from Amazon.com for $15.20 or at your local bookstore for under $26.00. You can also purchase The Mayo Clinic Diet Journal at Amazon.com for $10.19,
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