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Editor's Note: Peter Kaminsky is the author of Culinary Intelligence: The Art Of Eating Healthy ( And Really Well)
Six years ago if you had wanted to pick a prime target for obesity it would have been me. And I was co-operating by staying right in the cross hairs. As a food critic and cookbook writer my job entailed a lot of eating. In ten years I went from 172 to 205. The doctor told me I had two choices: lose weight or get ready to meet my Maker.
Nothing against God, but I wasn’t ready for a rendezvous yet. I had to change my diet, but I could not and would not give up delicious food. Guess what? By eating the right stuff and avoiding the wrong stuff, I took off 40 pounds and kept them off.
It’s doable and it’s delicious. It just requires some not very difficult steps, so simple that although people keep telling us what they are we keep looking for magic diets. Forget about magic and use your noggin. Common sense will do the trick. My problem wasn’t unique, nearly 40 percent of Americans have the same issue and 100 percent of them can take the same simple actions I did.
Five ways to maximize your FPC (Flavor Per Calorie): Peter Kaminsky
1. Buy the best most flavorful ingredients you can afford
No diss to bacon or cheese. They are good ingredients, just not cure alls for lousy food.
2. Not just vegetables, either
Don't take my word for it. Try some side by side tastings yourself. More FPC means quicker satisfaction with less food. As for people who tell you this is elitist - hey, it’s the way they ate in the Bible, or when they wrote the Constitution. Natural ingredients are, well...natural.
3. Salads, not seconds
4. Cook, or live with someone who does
Cooking isn’t hard (look how many people have been doing it for thousands of years). It’s the best way to bring out all the FPC in ingredients - from the crust on a steak, to the creaminess of an eggplant, to the richness of a roasted chicken.
5. Keep an eye on the sugar
I’m not the first guy to say this. I’m also not the first guy to say “eat your vegetables.” But if you do, you will lose weight and keep it off. Sure thing.
Have you been able to lose - and keep off - a significant amount of weight while still eating well? Share your secrets in the comments before and we might feature them in an upcoming story.
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