August 15, 2008
The "ONE-THIRD" Way Diet
~ written by John A. Rumberger, M.D. FACC
Diet, like the other aspects of wellness, is a lifestyle choice. It is well established that you can save more lives with proper diet (and exercise) than with all the drugs in the pharmacy. The only diet that has been proven to save lives and prevent heart disease and cancer is a Mediterranean diet. However, even with the best diet, if you take in too many calories than you use up, then you will gain weight. Most people do not excessively overeat; they just take in a few more calories per day than they need. The simple fact is that only 200 extra calories per day (one can of regular soda pop) will put 21 pounds on you in one year.
The good news is that the healthy way to lose weight is to reverse the process. The concept is to take in fewer calories each day than you need and you will lose weight. First, start with healthy choices for meals and snacks. Second, find 200 to 400 calories per day that you don’t need and make them go away. Simply take your “usual” meals and cut one-third of it out. Although I would rather you cut more of the potato on your plate than the broccoli – we need to be fair. So look at your plate or that snack and figure out how you can remove 1/3 of each item, and then enjoy, without guilt.
John A. Rumberger M.D. FACC