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Just Tell Me What to Eat!

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

DaCapo Press





Dr. Timothy S. Harlan's book Just Tell Me What to Eat! is for those of us who are overweight and need more than just a diet plan to lose weight. He wears many hats that amply qualify him to also be known as Dr. Gourmet. He is medical director at the Tulane University School of Medicine, a chef, professor, and Emmy‑winning television personality.

Many fad diets exist to which we all have been exposed over the years.  Each one of them has many attributes and quirky recipe ideas.  However, one thing that most of them have in common is the dieter who, after achieving a weight loss goal, will gain the weight back plus several more pounds.

The main reason he feels that the fad diets do not work is people do not understand food. Great tasting food needs to become a part of their lives, even while dieting. This is one book that concentrates on the idea of losing weight and enjoying it.  An outstanding feature of this book is readers are shown in simple terms how to change their eating habits by putting a variety of healthy food items into meal planning.  Dr. Harlan points out that to have a successful diet plan, it is necessary to have the items for meals in the house. The excuse of not having all the ingredients available should not interfere with healthy meals. Shopping lists are referenced to a website that he maintains. Serving portions for the diets are to be measured by weight, and the meal is prepared for all household members. Portion control can be increased for those who are not dieting and in the provided recipes are methods for adding additional quantities.  A novel twist is the interaction between the book and the website. At last we have some advance thinking and more bang for your buck.

Is this a quick weight loss program? Definitely not! Dr. Harlan points out that the main pitfall of many fad diets is the loss in weight is too abrupt, and this will lead to failure. Slow change in eating habits and the foods chosen will make this a program that will not only create weight loss, but will promote good health.

Just Tell Me What to Eat! is just what the doctor ordered.


Clark Isaacs