Dr. Travis Stork's new book, The Doctor's Diet, is helping people losing weight while improving health.
Dr. Stork is an American emergency physician and television personality, best known for appearing on The Bachelor and as the host of the syndicated daytime talk show, The Doctors. I recently caught up with him at a signing of his new book release, The Doctor's Diet. Learn more about the book and how it can help you live a healthier, fitter life through our interview with Dr. Stork.
Q: What's the biggest mistake that people make on a diet?
A: Dr. Stork: The biggest and most common "mistake" is that people think that deprivation is the name of the game. Deprivation ultimately sets people up for failure. If a diet feels like drudgery, you will fail in the long term and the long term is really all that matters. Although I do focus on quick results in the book, losing weight should not be viewed as a race. Temporary, dramatic changes to one's food intake, eliminating carbs or only eating protein or a specific type of fruit, for example, is never a recipe for long term results. An overall healthier dietary outlook can help you lose weight, reduce disease risk, and pave the way for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Q: How is this book different from other diet books?
A: Dr. Stork: The Doctor's Diet has a dual objective: losing weight WHILE improving health. Most diet books focus solely on weight loss and don't focus on losing weight the right way. I really tried to focus on the WHY along with the HOW because as a doctor, my true objective is not just fitting into your "skinny jeans" (which is of course an added benefit). It's living a long, healthy life. My recipes and meal suggestions aren't boring or filled with "diet" foods. I happen to love eating and have never made a meal out of just one big bowl of vegetables. As a matter of fact, I was raised in a meat and potato environment where more was always better. As I grew up, however, I started tasting foods from all around the world and different cultures and I fell in love with new and exciting flavors and foods. Then, studying the link between food and wellness sealed it for me - a healthy, fulfilling diet does not have to be boring and it can actually be better than anything you've grown up eating! This book is designed to be flexible so that it can work for everyone - vegans, gluten-free eaters, meat-lovers, vegetarians, non-cooks and chefs, too.
It is an evidence-based plan grounded in nutritional science and research.
Q: What surprises you most about people who need to lose weight?
A: Dr. Stork: That they really do want to lose weight but unfortunately get a lot of bad advice. Dieters end up getting frustrated when their weight yo-yos rather than stabilizing at a healthy weight after trying a new fad diet. There are a lot of simple tricks I share in the book that not only work but they work over the long run.
Some of these tricks, or tips, include debunking many dieting myths. I cover the use of artificial sweeteners, the benefits and risks of carbs, healthy snacking on things like yogurt and nuts, and weaning oneself from sugar addiction, to name a few. My book includes a lot of evidence explaining the "why" (and not just the "how") to help motivate the reader to make truly healthy choices.
The Doctor's Diet is now in stores and online.
Dr. Travis Stork is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and the Emmy®-nominated co-host of the Emmy® award-winning syndicated daytime talk show The Doctors. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia. Dr. Travis is passionate about living the healthiest life possible, and equally passionate about helping others do the same. He takes tremendous pride in teaching people how to avoid preventable illnesses both on The Doctors and in his practice.