I can relate to the author of “Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight”. Like Harry Papas, I gained 110 pounds in one year. Hard to imagine, but illness, injury, medication, or depression can bring on substantial weight gain. But Papas, a certified dietitian from Greece, created himself a simple, delicious, and low-fat Mediterranean diet to shed those pounds. He also worked on what made him gain his weight and with the combination of the two, he was able to lose 100 of the pounds he gained.
Read Chapter 1Papas’ Slimmerplan includes whole foods including fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and Greek yogurt. His goal was to retain the flavor of his homeland, while still losing and then maintaining his weight. His book also offers some psychological encouragement and support to help you be successful as well.
There are 3 cycles in the plan labeled a, b, and c. Each includes a full meal plan for each day. For example, Day 1 of cycle A includes the following meals:
Breakfast: 1 large orange, 2 medium kiwi, or 3 bite-size prunes; ¼ cup whole grain or bran cereal; ¼ cup reduced fat (1% milk); 1 slice whole wheat/whole grain bread, toasted with 1 ox reduced fat cheese; coffee or tea (green or herbal)
Lunch: Slimmer Chef’s Salad (recipe provided – Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, hard-boiled egg, sliced turkey breast, reduced fat cheese and homemade dressing from Greek yogurt, low-fat mayo, cocktail sauce, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice ); 2 thin breadsticks or rye crackers
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Cinnamon Apple Greek Yogurt (recipe provided)
Dinner: Simmer Chicken a la Crème (recipe provided – a combination of chicken breasts in onion, mushrooms, white wine, chicken broth, evaporated milk, mustard sauce) and large tossed salad
Late-Night Snack: 6 oz reduced fat milk (1%) or plain yogurt
New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight Video
Papas’ plan is centered on a 9-week meal-plan cycle and includes recipes, tips, and tricks. Then he finishes up with information on how you can maintain your weight loss and how to reconnect with your world so you’re living a better and more fulfilling life – great information for anyone, not just those losing weight.
Will it work for me? No, I’m a vegetarian and there aren’t many meals in the book I can eat. But for those who can eat a dairy-heavy diet, this looks pretty tasty and the recipes look simple and delicious – so good in fact that I’ll be making a few for the hubby who doesn’t need to diet in the slightest, but they include flavors he loves.
I do think I can benefit from some of the menu suggestions and the information on why we eat when we’re not hungry. Much of my weight gain is due to a chronic illness I have so it’s highly unlikely I’ll follow in Papas’ footsteps, but you can and this book is certainly a great way to get started.