In 2009, Dr. Richard Besser faced a public health crisis just months after being named the interim chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Dr. Richard Besser answers lots of health questions in his new book, “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor.”
Here are Besser’s top three tips for losing weight:
Can the sodas: Replace your daily 20-ounce soda with water, and you could lose 20 pounds in a year, or try instead sparkling water with a splash of juice.
Take it home: It is so hard to watch what you eat when you eat out. Proportions have ballooned. At the start of the meal, ask for a takeout container and only leave on your plate what you want to eat. It is harder to resist overeating if you wait until the end of the meal to pack it to go.
Buy new place settings: Studies show that people take smaller portions if they are given smaller plates and bowls. Look in your cupboard and think about downsizing. Also color matters. If you serve your food on plates that contrast with food color, your portion will look larger, and you will eat less.
Dr. Richard Besser, “Tell Me the Truth, Doctor.” 6-7 p.m. May 6. Barnes & Noble at Emory University, 1390 Oxford Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-727-6222.