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Don’t Call It Dieting— Just Call It Eating Healthy!
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
When overweight patients first arrive in my examining room, they frequently have their sad faces on. Why? Because they figure I’m going to put them on a diet… and they’re sure they won’t like it.
I’m betting that like them, you’re a veteran of doctors who told you that to lose weight you need to live on tasteless foods like dry rice cakes and scrambled egg whites. If so, I have news for you: You’ve been lied to.
In reality, diets that sacrifice taste for calorie or fat reduction almost never work. You’ll take off a few pounds on them, but you’ll be miserable—and your cravings will be so strong that you’ll eat those pounds right back on (and more.) This experience is nearly universal.
As I say in my new book, Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet, it’s unacceptable that doctors prescribe diets that fail 90% of the time—and then blame their patients! It’s no wonder the word diet has such a bad connotation.
Although I use the term diet as shorthand myself, I prefer to call my weight loss approach eating healthy. That’s because it bears no relationship to a typical diet. You see, I don’t want my patients to count calories, eat artificial low-fat foods, starve, and be miserable—all for nothing. Instead, I want them to lose weight and keep it off for a lifetime while they’re eating food that tastes fantastic.
How fantastic? On my eating plan, my patients dine on restaurant-quality meals like steak with sautéed mushrooms, lobster with clarified butter, pot roast, and chili omelets with guacamole. And you know what happens? They lose weight like crazy. Typically, they drop as many as 15 pounds in three weeks, and many of them lose dozens or even hundreds of pounds in a year.
Here’s why my plan works. The foods I prescribe do three crucial things:
They cure the chronic, body-wide inflammation that’s the primary reason why you gain weight and age quickly.
They reduce blood sugar swings, lowering your insulin levels and reversing insulin resistance—a condition that packs weight on you.
They’re filled with powerful nutrients that scrub your cells clean, so you fire up your metabolism.
Luckily, these foods also taste amazing! For instance, pastured steak is rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which helps reduce body fat. Eggs are loaded with choline, which helps you break down fat and metabolize it. And healthy fats like coconut oil, clarified butter, and avocado rev up your metabolism while they make your skin gorgeous.
So don’t buy into the lie that you need to suffer to get slim and beautiful. (Has that ever worked for you in the past?) Instead, try something revolutionary: Eat healthy. Center your meals around high-quality proteins like beef, fish, poultry, and eggs. Add healthy fats like coconut, avocado, and olive oil back into your diet. Quell your inflammation and erase your wrinkles with bone broth. Load up on delicious, nutrient-dense vegetables and berries.
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