It's time for a check-up with your New Year's resolutions, from eating right to losing weight. In an interview with Prevention magazine, Dr. Travis Stork provided that check-up and the complete prescription for making those resolutions come true.
An ER doctor and co-host of TV’s "The Doctors," Dr. Travis has crafted his best advice, evidence from numerous health studies and first-hand knowledge of what really works when it comes to eating right into a book "The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health" (click for order information).
"So many diets out there are about losing weight really, really quickly. But then the entire time you’re losing weight, you’re miserable. I wanted to write a book that helps people lose weight, improving their health all the while. More importantly, one where once they lose the weight, they could keep it off," he says.
And if there's one take-away from the book, here it is: "Let food be thy medicine. Food actually does help you lose weight if you eat it the right way, and it improves your health," declares Dr. Travis.
He's not talking about Frankenstein foods labeled "All Calories Removed and Replaced with Artificial Ingredients" either. Dr. Travis is a firm believer in the power of real, natural foods for helping you achieve the body that you're meant to have -- healthy, toned and happy.
And he has this message for those who just want to change one thing: Eat a high protein diet.
"Never eat a meal without protein in it. Protein is so important to help people feel satisfied after a meal. It actually requires calories just to break down the protein into its structural components and amino acids, and it slows the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream so you don’t get those massive wild swings in blood sugar."
Favorite healthy snack? Nuts. Nuts are high in good fats, protein, and fiber, and people who regularly consume them are, in general, healthier than people who don’t. And it’s probably the most satisfying, portable “fast food” out there," he says.
As to why the plan is called STAT?
"There’s a reason the book starts with what I call the STAT plan. "Stat" is a term we use in emergency medicine when you need to start treatment right here, right now. What I tell people to do is to turn to page one and start reading. Start with your next meal, because your health begins to improve after that first “doctor-approved” meal. As your palate begins to recognize some of the new foods I’m asking people to eat in the book, you actually undergo a change," he says.
If you're ready to make a change for the better, then click here now for more information on "The Doctor's Diet and Weight Loss Program."