The Golden Gate Diet Lose Weight and Maintain Your Health By Adam Brook, M.D., Ph.D.How can I lose weight? What is the best diet plan for me? What foods can I eat? Every year, millions of people ask these questions. Dr. Adam Brook, Fellow in Cardiac Surgery at Yale University, has developed a diet that is medically sound and based upon the success and experience of his patients. THE GOLDEN GATE DIET (Midsummer Press; March, 2006; $24.95; Hardcover/240 pages; ISBN: 097706090X) is an easy-to-follow system based on caloric density that allows readers to make real food choices and learn what foods will help them lose weight. This system will also help people learn how to eat healthily. That is, it will help people learn what foods cause heart disease and what foods prevent heart disease, and what foods cause cancer and what foods prevent cancer. As a physician with background and experience in nutrition, my patients want to know two things from me: one, what foods will cause them to lose weight; and two, what foods are healthy to eat. I developed THE GOLDEN GATE DIET to help my patients lose weight and reduce their risk of common diseases including heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Losing weight does not have to be difficult. By following the caloric density system in THE GOLDEN GATE DIET, readers are able to lose weight. Dr. Brook defines caloric density as the number of calories contained in a particular food divided by its weight. For example, chocolate pudding has a calorie density of 1.3. One-half cup contains 150 calories and weighs 113 grams, and 150 calories divided by 113 grams equals 1.3. If you eat foods with low caloric density, you will lose weight. The lower its caloric density, the more a food helps you lose weight. If you eat high caloric density foods, you ll gain weight. Dr. Brook has provided caloric density charts in the book for practically every food in the American diet.THE GOLDEN GATE DIET also provides a delicious meal plan based upon an intake of 1,200 calories a day, which, for most people, results in a constant and safe weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. The plan, developed by Chef Alise Arato, an exciting young chef from Los Angeles, lays out which foods to eat for several weeks and contains a variety of food choices. There is also a 2,000 calorie plan that helps maintain weight loss. Some of the foods recommended in THE GOLDEN GATE DIET include: French Toast; Egg White Scramble with Cream Cheese; Turkey Burgers; Chicken Soft Tacos with Low-Fat Sour Cream; Moroccan Sliced Chicken Breast Salad with Olives, Figs, and Orange Slices; Grilled Sirloin Steak with Horseradish Sauce; and Boston Cream Pie.Dr. Adam Brook developed THE GOLDEN GATE DIET after a comprehensive review of the medical literature and witnessing dramatic results in his own patients. The book includes real-life success stories of Dr. Brook's patients. I based my diet on my clinical experiences with my patients and the scientific literature. THE GOLDEN GATE DIET is easy to understand and offers an approach for changing one's health and one's life.