November 2012 | Dr. Stephen Gullo

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Alton Brown’s Weight Loss: How He Used His Food History

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When your job revolves around food, weight loss can be particularly difficult. Despite these challenges, Alton Brown, celebrity chef, successfully achieved a weight loss of 50 lbs. Recently, he talked to omg! about how he lost the weight and kept it off. For starters, Alton Brown doesn’t use food deprivation as a weight loss strategy, because when he’s starving, he’s more likely to eat too much. His other weight loss tip is also along the lines of Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies: Brown used his food history to customize his diet plan. He realized that his major weakness was Girl Scout cookies (along with milk, because milk reminds him of cookies). So these days, he stays away from the cookies and milk altogether. Alton Brown has also realized that he can indulge in his love for food by cooking it and serving it to his family, but not by eating too much of it.

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Dieters Seeking Rapid Weight Loss: Avoid These Worst Celeb Diet Plans of 2012

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Rapid weight loss is a dream for many dieters, but the methods used to achieve it are typically unsustainable, unhealthy, and quite often, downright crazy. This past year saw celebrities endorse some weird diet plans that advocated everything from sitting in a cold bath until 10 a.m. to acquiring calories solely from alcohol. Rapid weight loss might sound like a dream come true, but with these diet plans, you’re more likely to have nightmares from hypoglycemia. Here’s a list of the top five worst diet plans of 2012, as determined by the British Dietetic Association.

 

5. The 6 Weeks to OMG Diet

The OMG Diet, which sounds like it was invented and named by an anorexic teenager with an addiction to texting, requires dieters to skip breakfast and instead drink black coffee or soda. Very few carbs are allowed, and instead dieters get their calories from protein sources, a few vegetables, and several sodas a day. Oh yeah, and they also have to sit in a cold bath until 10 a.m.

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Healthy Meals in College: It’s Not an Oxymoron

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It isn’t exactly a shocker that college keeps getting more and more expensive. When you’re drowning in student loan debt, you’re probably more apt to fret about where your tuition dollars are going than to worry about eating healthy meals and watching your waistline. But it’s easier to prevent gaining the “Freshman 15” than it is to lose it later. And do you really want to spend 4+ years eating Ramen noodles? It is possible to eat healthy meals in college; it just takes a little pre-planning. And if you’re following Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies, you should be planning out your healthy meals in advance anyway. Before you start cooking in your dorm room, ask your resident assistant (RA) about the college’s rules on small appliances. You’ll almost certainly be allowed to use a mini-fridge and microwave, but some colleges might not allow hot plates or toaster ovens.

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Don’t Let Holiday Parties Wreck Your Diet Plan: Try These Potluck Dishes

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Let’s face it: the holidays can be stressful. Not only can all the baked goodies wreak havoc on your diet plan, but you also have to worry about juggling multiple parties and get-togethers. Relax, take a breath, and get a massage to lower your cortisol levels. Once you’re de-stressed, use Dr. Gullo’s diet plan strategies to map out a healthy eating strategy for the holidays. Holiday parties and potluck dinners don’t have to ruin your diet plan. Whether you’re hosting a potluck or bringing a dish to share, you can challenge your family and friends to a “healthy cooking contest.” Assign the guests to categories of foods (appetizers, salads, etc.) so that you don’t end up with a table full of desserts. You might also consider sharing your favorite low-fat, low-cal recipes. And by preparing a healthy dish yourself, you can exert greater control over your food choices.

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Weight Loss the “Twilight” Way: Eat Like a Vampire

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Girls often dream of their ideal wedding day, planning out the most minute details from the color themes to the organic wedding desserts. Many also have pre-wedding weight loss plans. Of course, if you’re Bella Swan, you also look forward to being turned into a vampire. For all of you “Twihards” out there who sigh in envy at the vampire physiques on the “Twilight” movies, here’s a guide to eating like a vampire. Or at least, eating like the actors and actresses who play them on TV. Just remember that in addition to your healthy eating plan for weight loss, follow Dr. Gullo’s strategies of meal planning in advance and using smart food substitutions instead of food deprivation.

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Getting Weight Loss Back on Track: Tips from Rebel Wilson

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Developing one’s self-discipline is great for many areas in life. It can help advance your career, keep you focused on your goals, and help you accomplish new projects. But in terms of weight loss, relying on self-control and willpower isn’t the best strategy, as Dr. Gullo has been saying for years. Rebel Wilson’s latest adventure in weight loss is proof positive of this. The actress had, unfortunately, experienced a setback with her weight loss. The “Bridesmaids” star, who has found it difficult to ignore comments about her obesity, signed up to be a spokesperson with Jenny Craig. Her goal was to lose 55 lbs. Although she initially lost 33 lbs., Rebel Wilson found it difficult to continue with her eating plan. She tweeted about binging on cupcakes and other junk food, which suggests a possible food addiction. Lately, however, Rebel Wilson has been spotted getting back into her healthy living plan with hiking sessions around L.A.

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A Soda for Weight Loss? Say It Ain’t So

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If you’ve been following Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies, you already know that there is no magic bullet for dieting. It takes small changes that are sustainable for the long haul, not fad diets or self-imposed starvation. But that won’t stop the dieting industry from marketing magic bullets to desperate dieters. Now, the beverage industry has apparently joined the quest for a miracle product to shed the pounds. Pepsi has launched the “Pepsi Special” in Japan, a soda that is purported to inhibit the absorption of fat to promote weight loss. Pepsi claims that it does this with the addition of dextrin, a type of water-soluble fiber. In fact, one writer pointed out that in Japan, commercials touting the product state, “Why choose between a hamburger and a slice of pizza? If you choose Pepsi Special, you can have both!”

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How to Survive Black Friday While Eating for Weight Loss

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Eating for weight loss often takes a backseat during the holidays, and especially when we’re away from home. The mall food court is much more convenient than braving the traffic to get back home, and then trying to find another parking space when lunch is over. As Dr. Gullo has been saying for years, meal planning in advance is crucial for eating for weight loss. To avoid the tempting smells of cinnamon rolls and sugary smoothies at the food court, bring along a portable lunch or snack in your handbag. It’s also a good idea to check out the food court’s (or restaurant’s) website. Nutrition information is often available online. Plan out what you’re going to order to facilitate eating for weight loss.

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7 Easy Vegetarian Recipes for a Healthier Thanksgiving

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If your family is like most, this Thanksgiving will revolve around cooking, snacking, eating, and cleaning up, followed by long, tryptophan-induced naps. But bowing to tradition doesn’t have to mean stuffing yourself senseless. There are plenty of easy vegetarian recipes that you can use to create a healthier Thanksgiving. According to the National Institutes of Health, eating a diet of easy vegetarian recipes not only boosts your fiber intake, but it also tends to reduce calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. Using low-calorie, easy vegetarian recipes follows Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategies of food substitution, not food deprivation, for sustainable weight loss.

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Favorite Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes: How Do Your Fave Celebs’ Measure Up?

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For many, Thanksgiving is little more than an excuse to eat way too much food and to bow to tradition with Thanksgiving dinner recipes. But few days on the calendar are set aside just for being thankful (Veteran’s Day also comes to mind). Take a moment to reflect on what the holiday really means to you, and take some of the focus off of the food. Weight loss has a lot to do with psychology, after all. When you do start planning your Thanksgiving dinner recipes and menu, write them down and consider their nutritional value. Then, use Dr. Gullo’s weight loss strategy of healthier food substitutions, not food deprivation. Look for lower-calorie substitutes for your traditional favorites that allow you to honor family traditions while maintaining your waistline. Check out this list of celebrities’ favorite Thanksgiving dinner recipes and our suggested food swaps for a little healthy eating inspiration.

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