Remember when you decided it was a good idea to try and lose that extra 10 pounds on the cabbage soup diet? Or when, in a moment of weakness, you bought three months worth of “no refrigerator necessary” food from a delivery diet plan to fit into your skinny jeans? OK, even if these aren’t your memories, we’re sure you’ve wished to lose a pound or two at some point or another (after all, you clicked to read this post).
The fact of the matter is, “diet” is a four-letter word. You either starve yourself half to death or the food you do eat tastes like a distant cousin of cardboard. This is not the way to your ideal body and a healthy, happy lifestyle. Deprivation is the key to failure. Or at least that’s what the new book Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) implies. The author, Peter Kaminsky, a food writer who had reached borderline obesity before turning his life and diet around, says the secret to taming the urge to eat everything in sight and to slim down, is to focus on eating foods that deliver the maximum amount of flavor.
It’s all about cooking with ingredients that pack a lot of flavor per calorie, or F.P.C, as he calls it. Roasted almonds, anchovies, olive oil, butter and even bacon and cheese (in small amounts of course) and make the shopping list with the idea that by amplifying the taste and flavor of your food, you can satisfy cravings with smaller portions. And smaller portions pave the way to weight loss success.
There are some “no-no’s” in the author’s view, however. “Empty calories,” that lack fiber or protein, and turn quickly into sugar in the body, are bad and come in the devilishly delicious forms of sodas, fruit juice, white bread and French fries. “When people tell me they’re going on a juice cleanse, they might as well tell me they’re going on a root beer cleanse-Fat is not the enemy. Sugar is the enemy,” the author told The New York Times.
This is not the first time the “eat what you want, just less of it” idea has graced the book aisle. For instance, Dr. Oz introduced the Eat What You Love Diet and who can forget French Women Don’t Get Fat, the book that states, in English, that the French don’t gain weight because they don’t deprive themselves-it’s not what you eat, but how much of it.
What do you think? Do you find that eating small amounts of rich foods helps you stay satisfied?
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