Interview with Steven Schnur, author of “The Reality Diet”

Interview with Steven Schnur, author of “The Reality Diet”

Interview with Steven A. Schnur, MD

author of The Reality Diet: Lose Pounds Forever With A Cardiologist’s Proven, Healthy, Simple Plan

Avery (2006)

ISBN 9781583332504

Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (5/07)

Reader Views’ Tyler R. Tichelaar joins today Dr. Steven A. Schnur, author of “The Reality Diet.”

Dr. Steven Schnur, founder of the largest cardiology practice in South Florida, developed his innovative program described in “The Reality Diet” after seeing many of his patients “yo-yo” to fad diets. that result in health-threatening side effects.

Tyler: Thanks for joining me today, Dr. Schnur. You say you wrote “The Reality Diet” because you were alarmed by all the unhealthy fad diets out there. For starters, what do you think is the biggest mistake people make when trying to diet?

Dr. Schnur: First of all, the mistake people make is thinking it’s a diet and not a lifestyle change. Changing the way you eat should not be a temporary solution; It must be life changing. Learning to be healthy for the rest of your life and not falling into dietary extremism is a healthier approach to weight loss and health. The second misconception is that they need to lose weight quickly. Rapid weight loss is not healthy or long lasting, the faster you lose weight the more you can gain when you stop dieting. A correct approach is a slow, healthy approach of around 2 pounds per week.

Tyler: In “The Reality Diet” you debunk a lot of the myths out there about diet and exercise. Could you tell us a bit about the biggest myths and why they are myths?

Dr. Schnur: It is a myth that high-protein diets are the most effective. This myth will also respond to “low carb” fans. Substituting carbohydrates for protein not only increases the likelihood of entering ketosis, but can also deplete calcium from your bones and increase your risk of kidney stones. In terms of effectiveness, high protein diets by design are low carb, putting you in a state of ketosis where you lose a large amount of water weight and burn lean muscle. Contrary to what is often preached to us, eating more protein does not make you gain more muscle, especially if you are not working out.

We often hear that on a low carb diet, you can eat as much protein and fat as you want and still lose weight. The reason people lose weight on these diets is that they have eliminated an entire category of food (carbohydrates) and fill up more on protein, so they inadvertently begin to restrict the amount of food they eat. Over time, however, you get tired of eating bacon and eggs and want the toast with breakfast or the potato with dinner, so you add more calories, but still eat fatty foods and therefore gain the weight back. The danger of these diets can be osteoporosis, gout, kidney disease, and all the cardiovascular problems that come with eating too much fat.

The biggest exercise myth that is often heard is: “If I lift weights, I will build muscle and lose weight, since muscle burns more calories than fat.” Lifting weights isn’t the most effective use of your gym time when you’re trying to lose weight. It is true that muscle burns more calories than fat; the difference is much less than what you’ll burn in an aerobics class.

Tyler: I understand that “The Reality Diet” is not about quick, short-term weight loss, but about a complete lifestyle change. Could you discuss more about the lifestyle change required for people using the “Reality Diet” philosophy?

Dr. Schnur: You can expect the Reality Diet to work for you. The plan will not sacrifice nutrition and exercise standards that are essential to good health. You won’t feel tired, constipated, dizzy, hungry, or guilty from eating baked potatoes. You won’t lose 30 pounds in 30 days either. Instead, you’ll lose 8-10 pounds of fat, not water, in a month, and never gain it back. Workability and flexibility are the litmus tests for a successful long-term diet. The Reality Diet is designed so that you eat from all the food groups and eat until you are full, but not full. The bottom line is that if you eat a variety of healthy foods that keep your taste buds satisfied and your stomach full, and exercise enough to burn just a little more calories than you eat, you’ll lose weight and make it a lifestyle change. life.

Tyler: You mentioned aerobic exercise. How important is exercise to maintain a good diet. What types of exercises do you recommend and how often should a person exercise?

Dr. Schnur: The bottom line with weight loss is that you have to burn more calories than you consume, and the best way to do that is through a diet with a combination of exercise. It is best to try to burn 2,000 calories per week through exercise. I recommend this not to be mean, but to force you into the habit of exercising. Weight loss is all about total health, not just the waistline. It’s important to consider your health not just now, but for years to come, and exercise is an important part of this future.

To burn these calories, you should aim to burn 300 calories per day. Do something you like, if you hate running then walk and also do what you can do at first and build up. Don’t try to walk an hour if you can barely walk ten minutes. Aerobic exercise can be anything from jogging, playing tennis, or gardening. Lots of people own treadmills that are stored in the garage; Take them out and put them in front of the TV, 45 minutes will go by fast if you watch TV at the same time.

Tyler: One of the key components of “The Reality Diet” is eating a lot of fiber. Why is fiber so important in a diet, both for health reasons and to lose weight?

Dr. Schnur: Among its many attributes is fiber’s ability to promote satiety; makes you feel full. This can be key to successful weight loss, because no matter how much willpower you have, if you’re hungry, you might not be able to resist reaching for that Dunkin Donuts. Fiber has also been shown to promote weight loss by preventing the absorption of calories in the small intestine. Fiber not only helps control weight, but also prevents diseases. A diet rich in plants has been shown to help reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have found that increasing daily fiber in diets by 40 percent reduced the risk of colon cancer in many people who had very low fiber intakes. Other studies have found that increasing your daily fiber intake by 6 percent can decrease your risk of heart disease by 25 percent. I could go on because there is a lot of supporting data for increasing fiber in the diet, so it not only has benefits for weight loss, but for overall health as well.

Tyler: What are the best food sources of fiber that you would recommend?

Dr. Schnur: Naturally, fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber. Our lunches and dinners must have at least half a plate of vegetables at each meal. Other than that, how about a small baked potato? If you eat it without all the high-fat ingredients, it’s only about 100 calories and has three grams of fiber. How about a whole wheat breakfast waffle topped with berries? Both the waffle and the berries are excellent sources of fiber and taste great.

Tyler: Are there any types of foods that you specifically recommend that we stay away from?

Dr. Schnur: Sure. As a cardiologist, I believe that foods high in saturated fat, such as whole milk, cheese, and butter, should be avoided. Remember that this can also include cocoa butter and tropical oils; These oils are found primarily in commercially baked cookies, cakes, and tarts. Other foods to avoid would be those that digest too quickly like fast food, white rice, and other high-sugar drinks. These foods provide little nutrition and in the end only leave you with a lot of calories and still hungry.

Tyler: What about the drinks? Should we resort to drinking only water since it is the most natural drink?

Dr. Schnur: Water is best, but other gifts might include: soda, sparkling water, decaf coffee, decaf tea, unsweetened iced tea, and other unsweetened diet drink mixes.

Tyler: The ending of “The Reality Diet” includes a lot of recipes, including caramelized peanut butter and banana toast and strawberry shortcake napoleon, that sound fattening and delicious. Steven, are you a chef too? Where did you get those recipes that are so good, that are not so fattening?

Dr. Schnur: I’m not a chef, but I like to show people that healthy food doesn’t have to taste like cardboard. The recipes were actually developed by Andrew Hunter, a chef from California. He has helped provide the Reality Diet with recipes that seem sinful, but are actually part of our plan.

Tyler: And what’s your favorite recipe from the book?

Dr. Schnur: My favorite recipes in the book are the chocolate banana crepes and the Italian flatbread pizza.

Tyler: We’re almost out of time. Could you tell our readers how they can find out more about “The Reality Diet” and how to buy a copy?

Dr. Schnur: You can find more information on “The Reality Diet” and purchase the book by visiting our website: www.

Tyler: Thank you, Steven, for joining us today. Do you have any last advice you would like to give our readers?

Dr. Schnur: My final advice would be to make healthy living your top priority. Make a commitment to lose weight and keep it off, and you can if you adopt healthy habits. Adopting an exercise lifestyle and eating nutritious foods in moderation can keep your body healthy for many years.

Tyler: Thanks Steven. I am sure that we will all benefit from reading and following the practices of “The Reality Diet”.

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