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Stay Thin, Eat More?




Nov 16, 09:13 pm

     As a University of Hawaii law student in the 1970s, Terry Shintani found himself constantly wary and too physically sluggish to meet school demands. A friend suggested he change his junk food-based diet to one centered on natural, unprocessed foods. So Shintani exchanged french fries for potatoes and corn chips for corn on the cob.

     “I went from eating just about all junk food to eating 100% natural whole food,” Shintani says.

     Spectacular results followed. He lost 35 pounds, buzzed with vitality and achieved his collegiate goal of publishing an article in the prestigious university law review.

     Most amazing was that he now ate more than in his junk-food days. The natural foods contained less fat, so his caloric intake actually dropped.

     Now a medical doctor and Harvard trained nutritionist, Shintani has butressed that simple dietary concept with original research and written a book, The Eat More, Weigh Less Diet. Its premise: Lose weight without suffering hunger pangs by consuming low-fat, unprocessed foods. True, the book’s title smells of diet gimmickry, but Shintani offers a solid program backed with explanations. Here you won’t find another fraudulent addition to America’s crowded library of weight-loss literature. Plus most of the recipes are Asian palette friendly.

     Chuck the hotdogs and frozen burritos. Indulge in the leafy greens and grains your pre-historic ancestors relished.

     The quantity of food intake, he argues, does not necessarily determine the amount of fat that collects on the thighs and belly. Rather, it’s the kind of food that does.

     Shintani divides foods into two categories: Fit Food and Other Foods. Broccoli falls into the fit food category, while meat belongs to the other foods category. It contains between 5 to 6 calories per gram, while broccoli contains 0.3 calories per gram, and oil contains 9 calories per gram.

     An average, healthy woman should ingest about 2,500 calories a day. An order of two hamburgers, two medium fries and two milkshakes fulfills that requirement. So does 17.2 pounds of broccoli.


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