Delicious food and fine wine help make a diet work.
It tries to go beyond traditional diets that simply donít work for the majority of dieters. People may be able to shed pounds for a few weeks or even months during a period of self-deprivation. But guess what, sooner or later they canít take the sacrifice anymore and regain the lost pounds and sometimes more. Instead of playing yoyo, swinging back and forth between self-deprivation and binging, why not take a look at The Wine and Food Lover's Diet? As always, donít start this diet without consulting your doctor.
The Wine and Food Lover's Diet is the brainchild of Dr. Philip Tirman, a sports doctor with a background in nutrition. It is based on three principles: (1) The body reacts to different foods in different ways. When we understand these reactions we can control them. (2) There is no short-term fix to weight control and disease prevention; we must look for long-term, sustainable solutions. (3) Food not only fuels the body; it also nourishes the soul. Meals must do both.
Unlike most diets, this one sums up its secret in a mathematical formula; one protein + two low-glycemic carbs = success. According to Dr. Tirman, High-glycemic carbs
promote weight gain, while low-glycemic carbs promote weight loss. We quote Dr. Tirmanís five tips for successful weight loss:
ď1) Stick to what I call the "Trilogy": 1 protein + 2 super savvy carbs.
2) Eat until you're full. Again, stick to the Trilogy.
3) Eat a good lunch including protein and some fat, which encourages satiety, improves blood cholesterol ratios and discourages snacking of the wrong foods.
4) Any exercise is good. Try to combine necessary chores with exercise. (Walk to work or to the store, if possible.)
5) Avoid eating saturated fat. This will ensure a healthier heart profile while still promoting weight loss.Ē
Dr. Tirmanís suggestions seem clear, but what if you donít know what low-glycemic and high-glycemic carbs are? The glycemic index refers to the increase in blood sugar three hours after consuming a given food compared to consuming pure sugar. The higher the index the faster the food raises blood glucose levels and insulin levels. The gylcemic index is of interest to diabetics, athletes, and weight watchers.
Low-glycemic foods include nuts, legumes, fructose (fruit sugar), pasta (boiled for 5 minutes), dairy products (such as ice cream, skim milk, whole milk, and yogurt), rice (white or brown), sweet potatoes, oats, all-bran, and most vegetables (some exceptions are listed below). High-glycemic foods include sugars, honey, puffed cereals (white rice, wheat, corn, rice cakes), potatoes, candy, breads (especially white bread), instant products (rice, oatmeal, wheat, grits), carrots, corn, peas, flaked cereals, and corn chips.
The book for the Wine and Food Lover's Diet.
To continue with this diet you will have to get the book of the same name published by Chronicle Books in 2007. The book includes a 28-day menu and about 100 recipes, many of which sound delicious. The recipes tend to be of medium complexity. The very title of the book indicates the importance placed on wine in this diet.