Ex­pert tells how to be lean in a fat world

The Morning Bulletin - - YOU - — Letea Ca­van­der

“IT IS now the norm across much of the world to be fat.”

What a true, and de­press­ing, open­ing state­ment from a book by one of Aus­tralia’s nutrition ex­perts. Dr Joanna McMillan, a PhD-qual­i­fied nutrition sci­en­tist, has con­trib­uted her ex­pert ad­vice to count­less me­dia re­ports on the topic of health and well­be­ing.

This month she re­leased Get Lean, Stay Lean, a book de­tail­ing six steps for a health­ier life­style. The book is packed with easy to di­gest in­for­ma­tion about how our bod­ies use cer­tain foods, and recipes com­plete with nutrition break­downs.

A par­tic­u­larly use­ful vis­ual tool was what the au­thor termed the Dr Joanna Plate por­tions di­a­gram. It showed the quan­tity of plants (mostly non-starchy veg­eta­bles with a lit­tle fruit), pro­tein (seafood, meat, dairy etc), smart carbs like whole­grains, and good fats like av­o­cado or ex­tra virgin olive oil, that we should con­sume at meal­times.

Like Pre­ston W Estep, the au­thor of the Mindspan Diet (which fo­cuses on con­sum­ing foods that may stave off de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s), Dr McMillan points to the Mediter­ranean diet as one of the health­i­est in the world.

“In sci­en­tific stud­ies, it has been as­so­ci­ated with a lower risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (stroke and heart dis­ease), sev­eral types of can­cer, type 2 diabetes, Parkin­son’s and Alzheimer’s diseases,” Dr McMillan wrote.

The ad­vice does not stop at food. Dr McMillan also de­tails dif­fer­ences be­tween good and bad stress (sur­pris­ingly, there is such a thing as good stress). In all, it is a great book that cuts through the nutrition jar­gon and of­fers easy to fol­low tips for weight loss. Get Lean, Stay Lean by Dr Joanna McMillan, pub­lished by Mur­doch Books, RRP $35, is out now.

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