Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Skinny

After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, I decided to give Louis J. Aronne's The Skinny on Losing Weight Without Being Hungry another try since I was still in learning about food mode.

I first saw Aronne on Late Night With David Letterman in a cheesy Biggest Loser-like segment. If my memory serves me, I believe that Aronne was one of the doctors on Letterman's quintuple bypass surgery team.

The cheesy segment initially made me go in search of Aronne's book since the Letterman staffer lost weight following Aronne's advice.

I like the front cover teasers:
Can't shed those pounds? It's not your fault. Dieting is not about willpower.
It's pleasing when I'm told things like it's not your fault.

One of the things that cracked me up was Aronne's oft-repeated mantra:

You can have an unlimited amount of vegetables.
No one ever tells you that you can have an unlimited amount of those delicious Ikea almond tarts.

Aronne's reinforcement of simple points stuck with me:

  • Choose the gym closet to your home.

  • Empty calories are fattening.

  • Lean protein is filling.

  • Low-calorie foods are filling.

  • They (liquids like soda) evade every calorie-detecting mechanism in your body.

  • ...You just can't bully your body into losing the perfect amount of weight.

  • In Chapter 5, The Skinny Lunch Makeover, Aronne talks about the order of eating lunch: salad then vegetables then lean protein. To further illustrate his point, he puts the calorie count of some salad/vegetable items:

  • 2 cups lettuce = 15 calories

  • An entire bell pepper = 30 calories

  • One large cucumber = 34 calories

  • 1 cup mushrooms = 15 calories

  • 1 cup broccoli = 30 calories

  • For those busy days, Aronne suggests having the following at-the-ready:

  • Bagged salad mix

  • Steam-in-a-bag vegetables

  • One or more Skinny-recommended frozen dinners

  • Aronne's recommendations for eating out at restaurants are beneficial.

    The Skinny Resources are helpful too as are the Skinny Mini asides. Here's part of one:

    Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other hot peppers, may help you eat less by affecting levels of appetite-suppressing brain chemicals...
    His whole person approach is refreshing:

  • Learn how to relax.

  • Don't do it (exercise) for vanity.

  • I'm starting now on the laughing/relaxation portion of the program.

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