Monday, July 16, 2012

Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight ( Book Review & #Giveaway )


In just one year, Harry Papas gained 110 pounds.  Then he lost it all for life.  Papas, a certified dietitian in Greece, shed the pounds by creating a simple yet revolutionary nutrition plan:  a delicious, fat-burning Mediterranean diet coupled with the self-awareness he needed to combat the triggers that contributed to his weight gain.
Unlike other diets, SLIMMER's three-cycle, richly varied meal plan doesn't restrict you from enjoying carbs, sugars, or fats, and it doesn't enforce calorie counting.  Rather, the nine-week program is designed to help you stay slim while actually enjoying what you eat, encouraging you to adopt a simpler lifestyle and lifelong healthy habits.

The weight-loss plan outlined in Slimmer, by Harry Papas, begins with information on the Mediterranean diet (it's not all pasta!) and lifestyle (slower paced than most Americans live).  The meal plan is divided into three segments that look similar but are designed to help you progress toward your goals.  Each day you get to have three meals and three light snacks.

For example, this is the menu for Cycle A, Day 4:
Breakfast
  • 1 large orange, 2 medium kiwi, or 3 bite-size prunes
  • 1/4 cup whole grain or bran cereal
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat (1%) milk
  • 1 slice whole wheat / whole grain bread, toasted if desired
  • 1 oz. reduced fat cheese
  • Coffee or tea (green or herbal)
Mid-Morning Snack:  Low-fat fruit-flavored yogurt, 6 ounces
Lunch
  • Tomato and Lentil Soup (recipe provided)
  • Large tossed salad
Mid-Afternoon Snack:  1 cup red fruit (cherries, red grapes, or strawberries)
Dinner
  • Pepperoni Pita Pizza (recipe provided)
  • Large tossed salad
Bedtime Snack:  6 oz. reduced fat (1%) milk or yogurt
Cravings?  Every day you can have a Happy Moment:  a small treat like an ounce of dark chocolate or a medium cookie.  Beyond that, the plan builds in "free days," on which you can eat something that wouldn't normally be part of the plan.  That one food can be anything you like, but you would substitute a salad for a starchy side dish.

And if you're not convinced yet, according to the author, "Although everyone is different, you can expect to lose about 10 percent of your weight in one month, and 5 percent of your weight each month after."  That claim, the frequent meals and snacks, and the chance to have a treat daily ... the combination makes this plan very appealing to me.

For more information, visit the Slimmer book website.

Would you like to have your own copy of Slimmer Thanks to the publisher, Turner Publishing, I have the opportunity to give away one copy to a lucky reader. a Rafflecopter giveaway


More details: Open to residents of USA and Canada, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 7/30/12 at 12:01am (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by email.  Winner must claim prize within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen.  Turner Publishing and FSB Associates are responsible for prize fulfillment.  Void where prohibited.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click through my Amazon link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you!

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