When you write about diets for a living, your bookshelves overflow with guides to weight loss. And while most of them we donate to our local library, once in a great while we find a book that inspires us to climb on the healthy food bandwagon. Our newest celebrity doctor diet candidate: "The Doctors" host Dr. Travis Stork's book: "The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health" (click for details).
Whether you want to shed a few pounds - or 50 pounds - the book is an easy-to-follow guide to how to improve your food choices to slim down safely and effectively while boosting your energy and health. Dr. Travis recognizes that most of us have minimal time for weighing and measuring food, counting calories and carbohydrates, and stressing over finding special foods in the store.
As a result, he's crafted a book that provides you with simple steps to taking off the pounds just by making smart swaps. The diet is divided into sections that add variety and jump-start your weight loss:
- STAT: You'll get a quick-start diet plan for fast results while you learn the basics of Dr. Travis' program.
- RESTORE: Expand what you learned in the STAT section, adding in some foods and learning more about why and how to follow the program.
- MAINTAIN: Congratulations: You've reached your goal. Now learn how to maintain your weight loss success.
What we love: With great recipes, easy-to-follow menus and an encouraging style of writing, Dr. Travis has concocted a diet that you can follow for the rest of your life. Find out more about "The Doctor's Diet: Dr. Travis Stork's STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health" by clicking here.
As an example, try the Spaghetti Squash recipe below. We've been wondering about this veggie for awhile, and with Dr. Travis' clever concoction, it's now on our menu of healthy favorites.
Makes 4 servings
• 1 whole grain dinner roll
• 1 spaghetti squash
• Olive oil cooking spray
• 1 lb lean ground turkey or buffalo meat
• 1 28-oz can peeled, crushed tomatoes
• 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
• 2 minced garlic cloves
• Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Place in a baking dish, cut-side up, with one inch of water.
3. Bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.
4. Meanwhile, brown the meat until fully cooked. Stir in tomatoes, herbs and garlic, and simmer over low heat until squash is ready.
5. When squash is finished cooking, use a fork to pull out strands of squash. Discard seeds.
6. Pour meat sauce over squash, sprinkle with cheese and serve.