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Martin Katahn lost 70 pounds more than 25 years ago, and unlike most of us, he's kept that weight off permanently. Katahn's diet strategy, which he detailed in his bestseller The T-Factor Diet , hinges on the discovery that our bodies react differently to different types of food, both in how we metabolize calories and how our appetite changes based on what we're eating. Now, more than a decade after The T-Factor Diet was published, we understand even more about metabolism and nutrition. Katahn writes in his new book, The T-Factor 2000 Diet T , that these scientific advances, coupled with statistics that show that even through Americans are reportedly eating less fat they are heavier than ever, helped him decide that The T-Factor Diet was due for an update. Though the diet plan he describes is based on the same principles — lowering fat intake and focusing on moderate amounts of lean protein and healthy complex carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, and legumes — Katahn takes on the new problems potential dieters may face, the most significant of which, he contends, is the explosion of the fat-free-food craze. Katahn explains that because the fat in most of these foods has been replaced by highly refined carbohydrates, they often end up with nearly as many calories per small serving as their fat-laden counterparts, and it's all too easy to add hundreds of those calories to your daily diet without feeling satisfied.
Katahn also focuses on the goal of keeping weight off once it's lost — a difficult achievement if the diet followedistoo restricted, not only because a very limited diet is nearly impossible to stick to but because the metabolism can slow down to the point where the slightest increase in calories will cause the weight to start piling back on. His strategies include adopting a dietary plan that can be followed indefinitely and incorporating some kind of physical activity into daily life. Katahn explores the genetic component of obesity and the psychological triggers that cause us to overeat, and includes the kind of weight-management tips that any experienced dieter will recognize for their common sense. He writes, for instance, that instead of forbidding yourself from ever eating a specific high-fat, high-calorie food, it makes more sense to eat it carefully in moderation — you're much less likely to break down and binge, and who wants to contemplate a diet that permanently excludes a much-loved food?
The T-Factor 2000 Diet provides three weeks' worth of menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complete with recipes and vegetarian options, a special Rotation Plan for accelerated weight loss, and an appendix containing an updated version of the bestselling T-Factor Fat Gram Counter . Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight and keep it off knows that you can't eat cabbage soup forever — The T-Factor 2000 Diet offers a sensible way to change your eating patterns permanently.