Tuesday, Jan 31 2012 - Chapter by Chapter: The Lean Belly Prescription
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One of the goals I set forth for myself this year was reading a book a month regarding weight loss or some other health issue. This week, I started a new book and thought I'd share some highlights with you. The book is The Lean Belly Prescription by Travis Stork, M.D., the young hottie from the TV show The Doctors, and Peter Moore, editor of Men's Health.
I have to say right up front that I am pleasantly surprised. While I've always been a fan of Travis, I can now say that he truly is an all around good guy. This book is written for the common person and is straight forward in both language and style.
What I plan on doing is when I get a chapter done, I will come back and report what I found to be helpful as well as how I felt about the chapter.
In the Preface, Travis talks about his ER experiences and just how obesity plays into it. He talks in general terms about how he feels when an overweight patient is rolled in on a gurney and how he wishes he could help. Itís a good insight into a truly caring doctor and individual.
In Chapter 1, called The Promise of Living Lean, he sets the tone immediately. On the first two pages of the chapter, at the bottom, are whatís called Laws of Leanness. There are six of them and hereís my favorite of this first bunch: Belly fat is killer fat, but fortunately itís also the easiest to lose. There are these little profound tidbits with every chapter. I know because I couldnít resist and had to look to see what was upcoming.
The major points of this chapter are:
Why Belly Fat is An Emergency
Small Changes Lead to a Dramatically Better Life
Charts on Lean Bellies for Both Men and Women versus the Obese
Tiny Changes, Big Results (I go into details below)
200 Chances to Lose Weight Today
A 2 page chart called 10 Second Slimdown (Again, I go into more detail below)
Altogether, these things make a powerful statement for anyone wanting to, thinking about or losing weight right this moment.
The section Tiny Changes, Big Results discussed the following six points: Muscle Up Your Metabolism; Help Your Loved Ones Lose Weight; Make the Most of Your Morning; Sip Your Way to Slim; Stop Being Harassed by Clowns; Shrink Your Pot; Shrink Your Belly. Each point he talks about extensively and gives you the tools you need to make each happen.
In 2-page chart, 10 Second Slimdown, there are ten separate point touched upon. My favorites were: 1) Ruin Your Appetite Ė Consuming a liquid to begin a meal can reduce your total calorie intake by up to 20 percent because it makes you feel full. To avoid having to pound two glasses of H2O, try this: Drink one glass and start with a broth-based soup, like miso, minestrone, or chicken noodle.; 2) Be Realistic Ė The key to diet longevity is a realistic, flexible eating plan, says Alan Aragon, M.S., a nutritionist in Thousand Oaks, California. Most people eat too little and go into defensive mode when cravings strike. Then they cheat, then feel bad, then resist, and then cheat again. Itís an endless cycle. If youíre craving Haagen-Dazs, grab a spoon. Just dig in moderation.
So far, I would totally recommend this book to anyone as it is practical advice on how to live a healthy life the way you want to live it.
Book: The Lean Belly Prescription
Authors: Travis Stork, M.D.; Peter Moore
Publisher: Rodale Books
Cost: $24.99 (Iím sure itís already discounted somewhere...like Amazon.)
Iíll be back in a few days, or maybe tomorrow, with my next update for this fascinating book. If you don't have the book, go out and get a copy, order it from somewhere, just start reading it as I don't think you'll be sorry.