Celebrity nutritionist Rachel Beller from The Biggest Loser shares her secrets to shedding the pounds and eating smarter!
While most diet books focus on what people can't eat, EAT TO LOSE, EAT TO WIN emphasizes what people should eat and even how to buy it. The book features Beller’s "BUY THIS!" visuals, recipes for every meal, shopping guides, and secrets derived from her years as a clinical researcher and nutrition expert. She also provides insights into fighting cancer and other health conditions, all presented in a variety of engaging and memorable formats:
- Beller’s signature “Food Autopsy™” Alerts: Popular dishes go under the knife to expose the real nutrients (or lack thereof). For example, a typical sushi roll contains the carb equivalent of approximately 2.5 to 4 slices of bread. Beller suggests asking for “easy rice” and opting for brown instead of white—or even holding the rice altogether.
- Veg upgrades: Beller goes beyond broccoli and other diet clichés and recommends such powerful alternatives as broccoli sprout that pack 20 to 50 times the amount of sulforaphane (a phytochemical that can reduce the risk of developing cancer).
- Protein GPS: The world of proteins—from chicken to fish to tofu—confuses many dieters. "Tilapia or salmon, farm-raised or wild-caught, fresh or canned?" Beller’s "GPS" helps readers navigate meat counters and supermarket shelves.
- The "Flip-It Method": Not a fan of calorie-counting, Beller recommends new habits that automatically reduce caloric intake. "It’s time to flip our meals and reprioritize our plates," she says. With her "Flip-It Method," the base of every meal consists of vegetables, followed by a reasonable portion of lean protein, a touch of healthy fat, and a small serving of complex carbs. Here, Beller reveals her Bread Slice Trick—a reality check to portioning carbs
- Fiber Insurance Strategy”: Beller notes that women should get 30 to 35 grams of fiber each day, and men 35 to 40 grams, but most aren’t reaching half that amount—even when eating a lot of vegetables. “That’s a shame given the tremendous weight loss and disease prevention benefits of fiber,” she adds. To help readers get their fiber fix, Beller provides several simple solutions, even when they're on the run.
- Mandatory snacking: "Between-meal bites screw up so many diets—unless you do them right," says Beller. She insists on PM ("Positively Mandatory") mid-day mini meals, such as a half turkey sandwich or toaster-oven tortilla pizza, while avoiding Snack-tastrophes and classic "bloopers" (nut butters and kale chips).
- Vegan traps and other labeling nightmares: Even though something might be called “vegan,” “organic,” or “gluten-free,” Beller graphically points out that there can be too much of a good thing. For example, she did a Food Autopsy report on one organic vegan meal that delivered as many calories as a 4-piece fried chicken meal with fries!
- The secret to buying bread: Beller’s “Squeeze Test” provides a more accurate measure of a bread’s value than its color. She instructs readers to try squeezing a slice of bread into a ball. "If you can easily squeeze that slice into a marble," she says, "then don't eat it. Just see how far you can toss it."
- Double Boosting with WHITE chia: Since looks matter when it comes to lasting food solutions, Rachel insists on White Chia. (The dark variety resembles little bugs in your food!) Chia is Beller’s ultimate favorite fiber booster, especially with oatmeal and quinoa in the AM. Skinny bonus points—since it absorbs up to 12 times its own weight in the stomach—stir into iced tea to make a perfect afternoon appetite curber. Vending machine be-gone!
- Dozens of easy-to-make recipes: The book includes recipes for fiberful A.M. quinoa, Italian chicken salad, shrimp-veggie kabobs with artichoke-parmesan salad, penne and turkey meatballs, sprouted mung beans and lentils (Beller’s favorite cheap-and-easy fast food), and her must-have Omega-3 Sunday Salads—all with beautiful full-color photos to show you the way.
- And chocolate: To the delight of Rachel's patients, desserts are included in her plan, including frozen-yogurt parfaits and the requisite square of dark chocolate (more antioxidants than a glass of red wine).
From meal planning to shopping to eating, Rachel Beller's EAT TO LOSE, EAT TO WIN guides readers step by step, bite by bite through the world of real, science-based nutrition.
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