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The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry

An approach to weight loss that will get you results.

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The Skinny: On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry - The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success, written by Dr. Louis J. Aronne, is not so much a diet, but rather a way to help you gain control of your eating habits so that you'll be healthier without feeling the hunger pangs of diet deprivation.

If you're looking for a fad diet, you won't find it here; The Skinny focuses on getting you to eat real food (think low on the glycemic scale) without counting calories or points; and it shows you how to engage in a simple but effective exercise routine that will facilitate weight loss and will help you keep it off.

Filled with sage advice, savvy tips for dining in and out healthfully, recipes, and long-term weight loss solutions, The Skinny encourages you to be the 20 percent of dieters who lose weight and keep it off.

Here's some noteworthy background info on Dr. Aronne: He has been the director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center since 1986. He is the former president of the Obesity Society and in 2000, Dr. Aronne diagnosed David Letterman's heart problem.

PRO
  • Created by a well-respected and well-learned weight loss doctor and nutrition expert
  • Contains long-term strategies for sustained health and weight loss
  • Does not promote any fad solutions or gimmicks
  • Focus on clean and nutrient-dense foods are linked to weight loss and disease prevention
  • Focus on whole foods is good for the health of planet and individual
CON
  • Criticism that the book does not contain any new information
DIET and NUTRITION

The Skinny promotes a low-calorie, low-fat eating plan in which foods are typically low on the glycemic scale and full of fiber in order to keep you feeling satisfied longer and avoiding the blood-sugar imbalances that come from eating refined carbohydrates. White foods like sugar, white flours and heavily processed grains and starches are discouraged and instead, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds and legumes are all encouraged.

The eating plan is divided into two stages: A lower carb first stage with very little starch and the second stage with the addition of select starches.

It is also suggested that you fill up on broth-based soups, vegetables and lean proteins first and save the starch part of your meal until the end. This creates a feeling of fullness to reduce the amount of starch you consume.

Sample meal plans, recipes and guides for eating out are included in the book.

A typical day on The Skinny might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Asparagus omelet
  • Lunch: Large green salad filled with raw veggies and a few ounces of a lean protein
  • Snack: Celery with natural almond butter
  • Dinner: Vegetable soup followed by baked honey mustard chicken
EXERCISE

There are sample exercise programs included in the book to get you moving more. The Skinny strongly encourages regular exercise as a way to boost metabolism, lose weight, feel better and keep that weight off.

Forty minutes of cardio such as moderately intense walking and a 15-20 minute strength training program is a typical example of The Skinny's exercise routine.

CONCLUSION

Filled with helpful tips and a practical, healthy solution for immediate weight loss and long-term maintenance, The Skinny, written by renowned weight loss physician Dr. Aronne, is an effective and simple plan for losing weight and staying healthy.

While critics say there is little new information provided in this low-glycemic scale eating plan, its focus on eating nutrient-dense and low calorie foods that help keep hunger at bay and its solid fitness plan are the benchmarks of any healthy lifestyle program.

Common Misspellings

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Related Diets: South Beach Diet, The Whole Foods Diet, Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat, Glycemic Index, The Glycemic Load Diet


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