Weight loss expert Dr. Howard Shapiro says no matter your age, it is possible to lose weight, even treat and possibly cure diabetes just through simple diet changes.
It is something Chef Franklin Becker knows all too well. His diet got an overhaul when he was diagnosed with adult diabetes a few years ago. “I had to change my whole eating pattern, I had to change my whole way of looking at food,” Becker said. Just by eating better, his medication was reduced by half. Shapiro and Becker teamed up to write their new book, “Eat and Beat Diabetes with Picture Perfect Weight Loss”, literally showing you how to eat this, and not that, in order to lose weight. Shapiro says there are four essential nutrients to look for in your food:
Heart Healthy Fats
For example, for breakfast, you could choose between a bagel, or a plate of pancakes, “A lot of people pick up a bagel because it is quick. The bagel with cream cheese is 600 calories. Not only is it 600 calories, but it has a lot of saturated fat which equals four pats of butter,” Shapiro said.
“On the other side of the coin, you could have a platter of pancakes, fruit, sausage, syrup, not only one platter, but you could have these two platter, same calories. The benefit is that it is lite syrup, fruit has a lot of fiber in it, and the sausage is a soy sausage,” Shaprio said.
And for kids who love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ingredients are everything. The “wrong” peanut butter and jelly has 490 calories. The “right” sandwich, has 290 calories because it is made with whole grain bread, and sugar free jam, plus the peanut butter is heart healthy.
Dr. Shapiro says you do not have give up pasta, just trade a traditional pasta with a meat sauce, which has 700 calories, and 12 grams of fat, with the equivalent of 2 ½ pats of butter, to a pasta meal with veggie sauce, a salad with marinated mushrooms, and a white bean soup. A lot more food, and 200 calories less than the pasta with meat sauce.
Chef Becker says he adds flavor but not fat by cooking with fresh herbs and healthy oils. So by eating basically the same meals, just tweaking the ingredients, you can be healthier, lose weight, and even keep disease at bay.