An approach to weight loss that works for some patients is Meat, Fruit and Vegetables. This is a lower carb (20 grams of carbohydrate per feeding), not a low carb (10 grams of carbohydrate per feeding) program, but it’s good for 3-5 pounds a week for most patients. This is my best low carb diet for patients who refuse to stop eating fruit. An interesting thing about Meat, Fruit and Vegetable is that if it works for you, you never go off the program – you just increase portions for maintenance. The basic diet is simple. You eat 2 meals a day. Each meal consists of a Meat, a Fruit and a Vegetable. Your Meat is up to 8 ounces of any dead animal, it doesn’t matter what – beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, veal, turkey, etc. Your Fruit is any fruit you like that can be held in 1 hand – an apple, an orange, a banana, a peach, a nectarine, a grapefruit, a handful of grapes, a handful of strawberries, etc. Your Vegetable is up to 2 cups of any vegetalbe you like, except no peas, no potatoes and no corn. That’s it. The leaner your dead animal, the faster you will lose weight – so fish is faster than beef. Take it real easy on butter, oil and margarine – no more than 1 tablespoon per meal on your dead animal or on your vegetable. Low calorie (less than 25-30 calories per tablespoon) diet salad dressing and diet mayo are fine. Maintenance is easy. You can increase your dead animule up to a pound per feeding, increase your Vegetable to 4 cups per feeding (2 different veggies are fine), and increase your Fruit to 2-3 pieces per feeding.