Dr. Taubes explains why it keeps failing.
It’s stunningly simple. Eat protein at least four times a day in small quantities eat two fruits and three vegetables every day. Say good-by to bread and grains, for a while at least, and don’t snack at night. Keep the overall calories below 1300 and you will lose 3 to 7 pounds a week. That is not an exaggeration. I am living proof. I lost 41 pounds doing just this diet. No exercise, no magic pills. Since losing the weight I still follow the same routine. I just eat more and I eat some bread/grains, around 1600 calories per day. I have not gained back a pound. It not easy! You need self-control, but it’s worth it.
Thank you so much for introducing me to Dr. Taubes and his books. I have read “Why We Get Fat” and some summaries of “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. I decided in February that I was going to follow his advice and I’ve lost 35 lbs. Still have a ways to go, but I feel much better and don’t think of it as a diet – it is a modification of my eating habits. I thank you (and so does my wife!!).
I love Gary Taubes and the very sound medical journalism he is doing, but I don’t think he is a doctor ( not that that is a problem ) – neither Wikipedia nor Good Calorie mention that. Just thought you might want to check for accuracy’s sake.
Akshully based partly on this guy’s work I’ve scaled way back on sugar, starch and carbs the last coupla months and I seem to be inflicting less stress on the bathroom scale. I won’t give up my Mon-Fri morning sausage egg and cheese bagel fresh off the grill at a local chinese restaraunt, though. There are some things, up with which I will not put. (The Golden Dragon in the First Nat’l Bank Bldg, downtown OKC, cheap, tasty and fresh when you walk in the door.)
When I was 16 and swimming 5000 yards in cold water every afternoon, I could eat all the bread (sourdough, yum) and sugar I wanted. When I was 20 and cycling 25 hill miles every afternoon, I could eat all the lasagna I wanted.
When I turned 50 I found that the pad of dense fat developing on my belly could be shrunk in weeks by cutting out anything with wheat. I eat lean meats, veggies, fruits, rice, egg whites, and (shock!) various corn products, and am at the same weight now, as when I was a senior at UCB, despite my greatly reduced exercise regimen.
If I must die young, at least let me die happy.
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