Dr. Theodore Friedman has been running the Obesity Clinic at MLK Ambulatory Care Clinic in Los Angeles and has come up with a simplified strategy for weight loss for everyone who is serious about losing weight.
This approach is to have a simplified food guide that everyone can follow
that stresses eating healthy foods, especially vegetables, to fill you up and avoiding foods that have high caloric load. The hallmark of this diet is the three servings of vegetables (a serving is 8 ounces, or a handful) with each meal- breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, breakfast!
The philosophy is the vegetables are low in calories and provide you excellent sources of minerals and vitamins, give you fiber and fill you up and you will not need to each much higher calorie foods.
In the past, people have shied away from vegetables due to the fact they required a lot of preparation or went bad readily. Now vegetables are often pre-cut and washed and come in a large variety of preparations and readily available in stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.
Frozen vegetables are excellent and convenient and even canned vegetables are good.
Vegetables can be stir-fried with vegetable spray (“PAM”), canola spray or olive spray or soy sauce (as long as you are not on a low salt diet). Vegetables can also be flavored with spices, soy sauces, or tomato or marinara sauce. Vegetables can be made into soups, as well.
The vegetables Dr. Friedman recommends include:
#Alfalfa/ Bean Sprouts
Collard or mustard greens
+Onions (especially Vidalia onions)
Salads (careful about the dressings and
V8-or other vegetable juices
*Frozen-perfect for micro-waving
#Fresh-can be eaten raw