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Dr. Travis Stork introduces ‘The Doctors Diet’ weight-loss plan

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Diet -- “it’s a four-letter word that stirs up a lot of emotion,” Dr. Travis Stork said, referring to the “D word” on today’s episode of “The Doctors.” But despite that, and perhaps to un-demonize the word, he has written a new weight-loss book and unveiled it today.

“When you hear ‘diet’ it’s just a pejorative term,” Dr. Stork said. “You think of diet, you think of deprivation, you think of misery, you think ‘this is going to be painful.’ But the one thing I want people to understand is you can be healthy and still love food. You can actually use food as your medicine – not your poison – and enjoy it and lose a lot of weight doing it.”

As an emergency room physician, Dr. Stork says he sees a lot of people with medical emergencies – and a lot of them are in the emergency room because of their diet.

Providing a “STAT program” to help readers lose weight and restore their health, he wrote his second book “The Doctor’s Diet” (Bird Street Books, $25.95), which hits bookstores Dec. 31.

But after that 2-week STAT period, which is designed to be lower in calories to give you a weight-loss jump start, the plan is for you to eat this way for the rest of your life. Dr. Stork said it’s basically how he lives his life.

“There’s nothing in ‘The Doctor’s Diet’ that I don’t use in my own life,” Dr. Stork said.

The STAT plan comes first, then after two weeks, the eating plan loosens up a bit to Restore until you reach your goal weight. After that is the Maintain phase.

Dr. Stork mentioned enjoying food, and the book features recipes, including a Nutty-Berry Smoothie, Breakfast Banana Split, Greek Lentil Salad, Quick-Fix Bean Burrito Bowl Salad, Turkey Black Bean Chili, Garlic Shrimp, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, and Baked Sweet Potato Fries.

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