How to lose weight and keep it off

In honour of Mother’s day, we’re looking at a theme that will be of more than passing interest to many mothers out there:

From Barry Estabrook, on his Politics of the Plate blog:

Photo of the “Culinary Intelligence” book jacket via Politics of the Plate blog.

“In the mid-1990s, Peter Kaminsky, a self-proclaimed hedonist, landed the perfect gig. As the writer behind New York magazine’s “Underground Gourmet” column, he was paid to patrol the outer reaches of the boroughs in search of the tastiest ethnic fare.

When he wasn’t sampling Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Cuban, or West Indian cuisine, his duty was to discover little-known, up-and-coming restaurants. And as the magazine’s go-to food writer, Kaminsky was also called upon whenever the likes of Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, or Thomas Keller opened a new bastion of four-star-fare. Some of New York’s greatest chefs hired him as a co-writer (and taster-in-chief) for their cookbooks.

There was one occupational hazard. When Kaminsky, who is five foot-nine, became the Underground Gourmet, he weighed 172 pounds and wore trousers with 34-inch waistbands. After a few years on the job, he had crossed the 200-pound line and struggled to wiggle into XL T-shirts and 38-inch pants. The wake-up call came when his life insurance renewal was denied. “The choice was clear,” he writes. “Mend my munching or fast-forward to Judgment Day.”

And mend he did, shedding 40 pounds, getting his blood sugar levels under control, and regaining his insurance policy. Culinary Intelligence is the story of how he accomplished what many dieticians say is impossible: losing weight and keeping it off.

“Intelligence” is the operative word. Kaminsky tells his story with engaging, thoughtful prose–no gimmicky diets, no impossible-to-follow menu plans. He believes in gratification, not denial. “For a change in diet to succeed, it must be at least as satisfying as the unheathful fast food and processed ingredients that it replaces,” he writes. In fact, one of the reasons he decided to lose weight was so that he could look forward to many more years of drinking great wines and eating juicy steaks….”

Read more on Politics of the Plate.

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2 responses to “How to lose weight and keep it off

  1. Pingback: How to lose weight and keep it off | The Bovine | loss weight methods

  2. charles jasunas

    I lost 22 lbs in nine months by simply replacing vegetable oil, also known as pollyunsaturated oils with virgin coconut oil. Three to four tablespoons a day will do it.The more you eat the more you loose weight.The first 2 months I lost 12 lbs and the next 10 lbs I lost within the next 6 to 7 months.I’m not on a diet.I just replaced one oil for another. Try it.

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