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Art Smith's Tips For Healthy Eating

How Art Smith Lost 95 Pounds

When we arrived in Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic, one of the first things we did was browse the recipes in the Tasting Notes booklet. These were the dishes that the chefs would make during their demos. While some, like Tom Colicchio's homemade lamb sausage, sounded wonderful, others, say Art Smith's egg white fritatta, seemed boring.

I had all but given up on the chef from Chicago when I realized that he would be discussing his dramatic weight loss. Since the doctor recently told my dad he should shed some pounds, I thought I would check out Smith's demo to see what he had to say. The entertaining chef, who has cooked for everyone from the Obamas to Oprah, was an inspiration. To find out how he lost 95 pounds in a little over a year, keep reading.

  • Smith doesn't believe in diets. Instead he went from 325 pounds to 230 pounds by changing the way he eats (he now eats lots more whole foods) and exercising more.
  • Art said he spent years of his life "treating a lot of people beautifully," but when he was diagnosed with diabetes he realized it was time to treat himself better, thus he came up with this regime.
  • Every morning, Smith begins his day with the "Art Start." He has the same meal — oatmeal with berries and an egg white frittata with zucchini — over and over again. Since he only uses a little oil to cook the frittata, he makes it in a nonstick pan to ensure the eggs will come out easily.
  • Don't make food that's too complicated, and eat six small meals a day. Art's six meals are: the "Art Start," a piece of fruit, lunch (salad), Greek yogurt, dinner, and chocolate.
  • Drink six bottles of water a day.
  • Avoid food stuffs, like soda, that have artificial sugar.
  • Eat salad every day. Art loads his salads with protein and vegetables, but doesn't dress them. His current favorite salad consists of arugula, fennel, red onion, tomatoes, grilled asparagus, beef tenderloin, feta cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  • Although he follows a regime, Smith says you must "diversify what you eat, or you won't be successful." He also believes in rewarding himself. For six days a week he eats healthy, then on the seventh day, he eats what he wants.
  • Remember, dessert is a treat. "If you have dessert every day, then it's no longer a treat."

What do you think of Art's tips?

Spectra Spectra 7 years
Wow, he looks great! I like most of those tips, too. I definitely think that if you eat dessert every single day, it's no longer a treat. I also like the idea of eating the same food (or close to the same foods) every day. It makes eating right something you don't have to think about.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
I am super happy for him, but I always thought he was cute. Not the same now that he has lost weight.
hinkey hinkey 7 years
I like this. His tips are pretty common sense stuff. Eating healthy doesn't have to be hard it just takes a little thought.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think he has great tips and he looks amazing! I had Easter brunch at his restaurant in D.C. and when he came around to the table to introduce himself, I didn't recognize him at first. Congrats to him on losing all of the weight!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
The second to last point is my fav. It's amazing what just one new ingredient will do to spice up a healthy staple in your diet.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
good for him!!
katvetrano katvetrano 7 years
Very cool. I am a food writer and in the past year have taken on several of the same eating philosophies as well. I have also added taking dance classes (zumba/hip hop) as well as weight training, and it has worked out quite well. I think it's great we're living in a time where chefs are becoming conscious of the way they eat, too, not just diet freaks and nutrition nazis. Very inspiring.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
His last point is my favorite.
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