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Eat More, Weigh Less

What if losing weight doesn’t mean cutting back on portion sizes? Is there a way to really eat more but weigh less?

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The concept may sound too good to be true, but Steve Neabore, M.D., sits down with “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll on this week’s episode of The Exam Room™ to explore the science behind a plant-based diet and why many stop counting calories once they’ve adopted it. Dr. Neabore also shows how empty the stomach looks after consuming 500 calories of oil, meat, or dairy compared to the same amount of calories from fruits and vegetables. The difference is amazing.

Then, Maggie Neola, R.D., returns to the show with a head-to-head comparison of some of America’s most popular foods. How does the fat and calories found in traditionally meat-based recipes compare to the equally tasty vegan versions? In many instances you can save hundreds of calories by simply choosing the plant-based option!

As you’ll hear, the benefits also extend beyond the new-and-improved person you see in the mirror. Opting for plant-based meals can also reduce cholesterol, heart disease, and cancer while increasing your life expectancy. Who wouldn’t want to stick around a few more years after losing all that weight?!

If you live in the Washington, D.C., area, Dr. Neabore and Maggie Neola are available for consultation at the Barnard Medical Center.

Nutrition Comparison: Vegan vs. Traditional


Burger King Whopper

Calories: 660

Fat: 40 g

 Saturated Fat: 12 g

Cholesterol: 90 mg

Sodium: 980 mg

Portobello Burger

Calories: 169

Fat: 2 g

 Saturated Fat: 0.4 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 505 mg


Pizza Hut Personal Pan Cheese Pizza

Calories: 600

Fat: 24 g

Saturated Fat: 12 g

Cholesterol: 60 mg

Sodium: 1,240 mg

Pita Pizza

Calories: 338

Fat: 3.6 g

Saturated Fat: 0.3 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 842 mg


Taco Bell Cheese Quesadilla

Calories: 460

Fat: 26 g

 Saturated Fat: 11 g

Cholesterol: 50 mg

Sodium: 980 mg

Vegan Quickie Quesadilla

Calories: 135

Fat: 2.7 g

 Saturated Fat: 0.4 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 164 mg


Dean’s French Onion Dip (2 tbsp.)

Calories: 60

Fat: 5 g

 Saturated Fat: 2.5 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 170 mg

Irresistible White Bean Dip (2 tbsp.)

Calories: 35

Fat: 0.75 g

 Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 160 mg


Ghirardelli Chocolate Brownie

Calories: 365

Fat: 15 g

Saturated Fat: 3.8 g

Cholesterol: 15 mg

Sodium: 257 mg

Raspberry Fudgy Brownie

Calories: 136

Fat: 1 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 110 mg

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