Ian K. Smith, M.D., is a medical/health reporter for NBC's Nightly News and the Today show. He also writes a weekly health column for the New York Daily News and is a medical columnist for Time magazine. Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard University and earned a master's degree in science education from Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also the author of Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites. Dr. Smith lives in Manhattan.
The key to health columnist and NBC medical commentator Smith's sensible "flex diet" is small cutbacks in the total number of calories plus increased physical activity. By choosing from any number of foods and making small changes a little at a time, readers can slowly lose the fat but keep the muscle and reach their weight-loss goal gradually. Appendixes include tables for body mass index (BMI), a glycemic index, and listings of food compositions, daily recommended dietary intakes, and the energy and fiber content of foods. [An e-book edition is also available: ISBN 1-58836-108-X. $19.95. Ed.] Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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