Anyone else ever noticed that "diet" is a four-letter word? From the Scarsdale Diet to the Cabbage Soup Diet to the Grapefruit Diet to the Atkins Diet... They might make you lose weight initially from calorie reduction, but you'll end up tired, lightheaded, and cranky. Why? Blood sugar. And... let's be honest... don't you miss pasta, bread, and potatoes? Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads: Stop Starving, Start Eating and Losing ($17) by Los Angeles nutritionist Christine Avanti, takes all the dieting myths you've learned as fact and stomps them into pieces with her designer stilettos. She advocates one of the most sensible food plans we've ever come across, the "PC Combo," or a lean protein & complex carbohydrate eaten together every four hours, plus veggies, fruits, and healthy fats, for a total of around 400 calories per meal and 200 per snack. Blood sugar levels remain constant, so you've got energy all day. Don't think you can give up a piece of dreamy, decadent flourless chocolate cake? Then don't! Just work it into the plan and you'll be fine. So throw out the diets and just start eating - and be sure to check out the yummy recipes at the back of the book. Our favorites include the Coconut Curry Sea Bass with Lentils and Protein Powered French Toast. Yes, we said French toast!
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