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The Little Book of Thin
We review a top nutritionist's slim guide to getting and staying trim and healthy
2/20/2014By Craig Weatherby
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Publishers seeking quick profits produce so many “diet” books that choosing can be hard.
 
But Lauren Slayton’s The Little Book of Thin is different in very good ways and deserves your consideration.
 
First, we like the author’s resume. Slayton holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and worked at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Obesity Research Unit.
 
And she’s written for and been quoted by many major websites, magazines, and TV shows, including WebMD, Cooking Light, Self, Fitness, The New York Post, ABC Eyewitness News, The Early Show, Fox News, and Good Morning America.
 
Overall, we agree with these comments from Dr. Oz’ frequent expert guest on nutrition, Ashley Koff RD:
“As a dietitian I know the hardest thing is to help someone do what they (and I) often know they need to. Enter The Little Book of Thin – really a big book of health that delivers how-to advice everyone can follow.”
 
What to expect from Lauren Slayton’s “LBT”
Like most science-savvy advisors, Slayton promotes low-sugar/starch diets rich in fish, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods in what she calls LBT (The Little Book of Thin).
 
But – unlike many recent books – Lauren Slayton doesn’t pin blame for weight gain on (or fully eliminate) any one food group or food factor (like gluten, unless you’re sensitive to it).
 
For us, the key take away is that people should plan their eating … and to avoid cravings, enjoy favorite caloric or sugary/starchy foods ... albeit sparingly.
 
Slayton gets that for any diet to succeed, food has to be enjoyed, and she offers an eminently practical approach to fast but sustainable weight loss.
 
The book begins with the chapter titled Ten Steps to Svelte, whose steps include eating fish four times a week and closing the kitchen after dinner.
 
Judging by this book, Slayton can lay legitimate claim to her self-description of “Foodtrainer”, since she lays out her sensible plan in a series of simple, logical steps.
 
The Little Book of Thin features many illustrations and tip ... and the tone is conversational, as though she were speaking to a friend.
 
She also offers very simple, easy to follow diet guidelines: Eat one main (lean) protein, one green vegetable, and one whole grain per meal. (She greatly favors rice and quinoa over wheat, though not because of gluten.)
 
And she offers handy rules for eating out:
  • View the menu online first, to see if they have good choices
  • Only eat of “1 of 4”: bread, booze, dinner carb (rice, potato), dessert
  • Snack on veggies, nuts, or cheese before eating out, to limit your appetite
  • Go fish and be gluttonous with greens (i.e., favor them when picking your dishes)
Her at-home menu suggestions are also very helpful, since it can be overwhelming to plan meals that fit nutritional and calorie-intake plans.
 
And check out Slayton's blog for tips and articles.
 
Unsurprisingly, she also advises gradually working up to 3 hours of cardio exercise every week.
 
Full disclosure ... although we had nothing to do with it, Lauren Slayton recommends VitalChoice.com as a reliable source of superior seafood, on page 74 of Chapter 1 and in her “LBT NO-ROLL-ODEX” on page 198.
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