January 2006 "Wealth and Weight Loss"

If you want to be thin, it might help to think like a CEO.
By Jennifer Barrett

Jan. 16, 2006 issue - At her posh Park Avenue practice in New York, Dr. Jana Klauer helps CEOs, socialites and celebrities slim down. Now she's sharing her secrets with the rest of us. In "How the Rich Get Thin," published this month by St. Martin's Press, Klauer assures you that you don't need a private chef or expensive exercise equipment to get the same results as her clients. You just need a good plan and a can-do attitude. She prescribes daily exercise, a diet that's high in protein, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids and no processed foods. Klauer says the regimen promotes weight loss and lifelong health habits that can improve and extend patients' lives. She spoke with NEWSWEEK's Jennifer Barrett.

BARRETT: Why should readers who aren't rich pick up this book?
KLAUER: Everything I tell my clients is in the book. I want to make it accessible to everyone. My clients are very successful, goal-oriented. They've got a plan for every aspect of their lives. But many don't have a plan for how to deal with their weight. That's what I give them.

What's different about your plan?
What differentiates my diet from others is the emphasis on protein and calcium. Most people don't get enough of either in their diets. I include high-quality protein at every meal. Also, we cut out processed foods, so you're eating in a more natural way-having a big salad for lunch, two vegetables with dinner, lots of fish like wild salmon.

Many dieters tend to cut out dairy products and protein-rich foods like meat, but you say that's counterproductive. Why?
There's a connection between dairy products and weight. Studies have found that the slimmest people have the highest intake of calcium, and those with the highest weight have the least amount of calcium. There's speculation as to why, but lots of studies are being done. We also know calcium is important for your bones and your blood pressure.

What about protein?
It takes three times the calories to digest protein as it does to digest carbohydrates. And protein goes into the body gradually. You feel full longer, and it's more satisfying.

You write that the qualities that make your clients successful in business can also help with weight loss. How?
You have to believe you can succeed, never question that you can do it. You also have to prepare for it-really see yourself as a slim person and how it will feel. It's like someone who wins the lottery and isn't prepared and blows all the money and it's gone. Don't let that happen with your weight.

So your point is: you don't have to be rich to be thin.
No. And just because you're poor doesn't mean you have to be fat. You just have to make the right choices. I know it's easier to rely on convenience foods. But fresh vegetables aren't expensive. You can buy less-expensive cuts of meat and cook it longer with fresh herbs. Before you consume something, ask: what benefits does this have for my body? If you can't think of something in 15 seconds, it probably doesn't have any. We're surrounded by so much junk [food]. But you can do so much to help yourself. Weight and health are intimately connected. By affecting your weight, you can affect your health in a very positive way.

© 2006 Newsweek, Inc.

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