Want To Lose Weight Fast?


Then eat fat. Yes. You read that right. Eat fat.


 A recent study has shown that it takes people less time to lose weight when they are on a high fat diet combined with exercise than when they follow the American Heart Association’s dietary recommendations of a high carbohydrate diet plus exercise.

So reports the New York Times in an article in yesterday’s paper. This is nothing new really. This has been shown before in previous studies. 

It took only about 45 days to lose 10 pounds on the high-fat diet plus exercise as opposed to 70 days to lose 10 pounds on the high carb – low fat diet plus exercise.

The study was conducted by researchers at the John Hopkins University Medical School. The findings are to be released today at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver. You can read the entire NYT article by clicking the following link: Study

You might hear about this on TV news or newspapers in the next few days. 

This will no doubt make the anti-fat people go all apoplectic!!! That means dueling studies, TV reports and Magazine and news paper articles all over the place. Again. What’s a person to do?

Here we go again.

On the pro carb diet Americans have been gaining weight.

Combine  that fact with this study plus the fact that we also know that portion size is an important factor to consider in losing weight.

Portion or serving size has been steadily climbing in America since the 1950’s. 

For instance:

In the 1950 a typical order of French fries was about 2.4 ounces. Today it can be 7 ounces or more.

In the 1950 a soda drink was bout 7 ounces. Today it is nearer 64 ounces.

A hamburger patty in the 1950’s was 1.6 ounces. Today it is 8 ounces. Double or triple that for those doubles and triple burgers.

In 1950 a muffin was about 3 ounces. Today a typical muffin is 6.5 ounces.

A serving of pasta in the 1950’s was around 1 and ½ cups. Today that has more than doubled to 3 cups. 

A chocolate bar in the 1950’s was typically 1 ounce. Today the typical chocolate bar is 3.8 ounces.


You can also see this in chart form:

Click on the chart to make it larger.

If you remember a few months ago I ran a post on the Twinkie Diet. That study also showed it is less WHAT I eat and more HOW MUCH of it I eat that determines whether I gain or lose weight.

So, go ahead! Eat some steak in moderation and get some exercise and you should be OK.

Just what I have been saying here at More Thyme for a year or more. 

Featured Recipe    Green Bean Rice Pilaf

Today’s recipe is a Rachel Ray recipe. It is quick and easy and delicious too. It would make a lovely side dish to any meat entrée.

This is what you will need for 4 people*:

3 tablespoons of butter

1/3 cup broken thin spaghetti

1 cup white rice**

2¾ cup chicken stock***

1 cup frozen French-cut green beans

Salt and pepper to taste


*If you stretch it a bit and eat less of it you could easily get 5-6 servings from this recipe.

**If you want use brown rice. 

*** A little less than 2 cans of chicken broth. I use broth rather than stock, by the way. 

Here is what you do:

Break the spaghetti into small pieces. I keep mine a bit longer than the recipe suggests. I like the visual of the long spaghetti with the short rice.

The recip directions say to melt the butter in a small pan. I use a larger sauté pan as the pilaf cooks a bit quicker that way.

Add the spaghetti and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes. I use a spatula to turn the spaghetti in the butter to coat it and also to brown both top and bottom of the spaghetti.

Add the rice and then stir in the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Mix everything together well.

Lower the heat, cover and cook for 18 minutes.

NOTE: Check once or twice, especially if you use a sauté pan like I do. The 18 minutes may be too long if so. 

When the pasta has cooked stir in the green beans, cover and cook 5 minutes longer.

Remove from the heat and let stand for a minute or two, fluff with a fork, add salt and pepper if you want and serve.


If I have any in the house, which I often do, I add some slivered or sliced almonds. It gives the dish a nice crunch which I love. It is hard to see them in the picture, but if you look close you can see I added some slivered almonds.

Bon Appetit!!!!


3 tablespoons of butter                  $0.45

1/3 cup broken thin spaghetti         $0.33

1 cup white rice                            $0.48                         

2¾ cup chicken stock                    $1.00

1 cup frz French-cut green beans   $1.39

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $4.82
Cost per person = $1.21

Almonds will add bout $0.22 to the total cost of this side dish.

Quote of the Day

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a home grown tomato.

Lewis Grizzard


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