Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Skinny on The Skinny a Book about Weight Control

The Five Things That Sabotage Your Diet

Juice and Sugary Cereals for Breakfast






Who wouldn't be able to lose a few pounds if they could control feelings of hunger? Seems like the weight would just drop off -- as long as we felt full - because we wouldn't succumb to the munchies. Right?

A new book, "The Skinny on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry," ($24.95, Broadway Books) says losing weight isn't about priorities or willpower or wanting it badly enough.

"Rather, it's about biology: your body, your brain and your hormones," says the book, by Dr. Louis J. Aronne, who directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "If you don't first override the internal biology by fixing the 'fullness resistance' that is driving you to eat, typical approaches to weight loss, such as portion-control and calories-counting, just won't work."

His book says you can fill up on fewer calories, and you'll learn to drop your own fork because you're full. "By eating more of the right foods, dieters can more easily limit the wrong foods - and then the pounds come off."

So what are the right foods?

* Lean dairy and meat, because protein induces long-lasting fullness, but fat does not.

* Spicy flavors, because they increase the joy of eating without causing overeating, like sweet flavors can.

* Thick liquids (chunky soup, smoothies, viscous foods and beverages) because thin liquids escape your body's caloric radar, and thick liquids stimulate nerves in the stomach and intestine that move your guage to "full."

* Vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains, because they're rich in water, are heavy, take a long time to eat and a rich in fiber, which helps fill you up.

* Lean animal protein, as opposed to pastas and breads, which can lead to rebound hunger.