January 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
It’s one thing to lose weight, but how do you successfully keep it off? In his new book, The Doctor’s Diet, Dr. Travis Stork from The Doctors has smart strategies for not only losing weight, but also learning how to eat healthy for life. We asked him to share his three top tips for rethinking the way you eat.
1) Be carb smart. “If you got to the gym for an hour, or you’ve been on your feet all day long, it’s okay to eat good, complex carbohydrates like whole grains. But if it’s a day when you’ve been stuck at your desk, cut back on the carbs. Carbs are energy. If you’re not burning that energy, it’s going to get stored as fat.”
2) Recreate your food cravings. “You never lose your cravings for the foods you love, but you can learn to make them in a healthier way. I now make a pizza that’s actually a vegetable delivery system: I’ll take a really thin whole grain crust and top it with chopped veggies, shredded chicken and spices like oregano and basil. All of a sudden something “unhealthy” becomes healthy and you can eat it the rest of your life.”
3) Think long term. “Maintaining weight loss is really about maintaining your health. When you learn to eat healthy and lose weight, all of a sudden your blood pressure goes down, and you’re blood glucose levels are normalized. That’s a huge victory–and should be the real incentive for keeping weight off.”
Hungry for more? Check out Dr. Stork when he talks to three leading weight-loss bloggers featured in the March 2014 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal on The Doctors February 10. And learn more about Dr. Stork’s new book, The Doctor’s Diet.