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Suzanne Somers' get skinny on fabulous food
Somers, Suzanne, 1946-
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Get skinny on fabulous food
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New York : Crown Publishers, [1999]

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xix, 267 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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RM222.2 .S6553 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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After the phenomenal success ofEat Great, Lose Weight, Suzanne Somers was flooded with letters and phone calls from people who had lost weight the "Somersize" way. They had followed Suzanne's satisfying and effective program and for the first time had gained control over their weight and their health. There was no more dieting, no more deprivation, and the pounds just seemed to melt away. Now, Suzanne takes readers to the next step toward greater health and fitness inSuzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food. With breakthrough research on food and our bodies, an easy-to-follow weight-loss plan, and more than 130 amazing new Somersized recipes, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to shed pounds or maintain their weight--even while eating meat, cheese, butter, dressings, desserts, and other delicious foods not found on most eating plans. Backed up by renowned endocrinologist Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, Suzanne tells how sugar, not fat, is responsible for weight gain, and how combining food properly and eating a diet that is low in carbohydrates and that includes plenty of natural fats and proteins will not only help you lose weight but also can reprogram your metabolism, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and give you more energy. Somersizing is not a diet, but  a way of life. InGet Skinny on Fabulous Foodyou will find inspiring testimonials from some of Suzanne's greatest success stories, people who have lost weight, lowered blood pressure, and eliminated digestive problems by Somersizing.  And you can join Suzanne and her family as they celebrate good food and good times throughout the year with dinners, brunches, and other special-occasion meals that are perfectly Somersized yet perfectly delicious. It is almost impossible to believe you can lose weight and still feel so indulged!          Best of all, Suzanne shares more than 130 new mouthwatering Somersized recipes, including Milanese Beef with Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms in a Port Wine Sauce, Spicy Rock Shrimp Salad, Fried Rice with Shiitake Mushrooms, Decadent White Chocolate Cake, and Crême Brulée. Once again, Suzanne Somers proves that you really can get, and stay, skinny on fabulous food! Look forEat Great, Lose Weightnow available in paperback

Author Notes

Suzanne Somers was born Suzanne Marie Mahoney on October 16, 1946 in San Bruno, California. She was active in her school's theatre program and won a music scholarship to college, but became pregnant after six months. She married the baby's father, but the marriage lasted only a few years. She turned to modeling to support herself and her son. In 1968, she won a job as a prize model on a game show hosted by her future husband, Alan Hamel.

As an actress, she is best known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Lambert on Step by Step. Her autobiography, Keeping Secrets, was published in 1987 and was later made into a television movie. She has written several books including Touch Me: The Poems of Suzanne Somers, Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones, I'm Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause, and Tox-Sick: How Toxins Accumulate to Make You Ill--And Doctors Who Show You How to Get Better. She created the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on the Family, for which she is founder and director.

(Bowker Author Biography) She is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller Keeping Secrets. She is the spokeswoman for TorsoTrack fitness products and has her own line of jewelry on the Home Shopping Network. She lives in Malibu, California.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

One of the Three's Company costars has found her true metier: coming up with her own diet regimen. In the second volume of the series (the first being Eat Great, Lose Weight), the lessons on Somersizing continue, along with the testimonials. Essentially, it calls for a very specific combination of foods--fruit alone, protein and vegetables together--as well as the elimination of sugars and alcohols. Much of the text is taken up with justification; there's a comparison with other diets, with various medical facts and research, and even with ingredients in alternative foodstuffs. Tips for dining out and for menus complete the instruction--and lead into more than 130 recipes, designated either for losing (level one) or for maintaining (level two) weight. Selections range from fresh tomato juice to a 12-hour roast pork; all level one dishes follow the food-combination precepts. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

In this sequel to her Eat Great, Lose Weight (LJ 12/96), television actress Somers modifies her previous approach to include fats, admitting that, in moderate amounts, they are necessary for good health. She is still adamant about sugar and still posits that the proper food combinations can enhance the foods' nutritive values. She rightly points out that "fat free" does not mean that foods aren't fattening. Sugar is still a prime contributor to obesity, and Somers also blames white flour and other so-called "funky" foods. Her basic ideaÄthat some fats are necessaryÄis sound, and though the rest of her theory is rather shaky, half the book is devoted to fabulous recipes. Unlike most diet recipes, these include olive oil, butter, and sour cream. Skip the pseudo-science and go directly to the good stuff. Bon appetit!ÄSusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Part One A NEW WAY OF LIFE Diets--The Ultimate Empty Promise If you've ever had a problem with your weight, you've probably tried one diet after the next. At first you stick to it diligently. You're excited because you really think this is going to be the one to solve all your problems. You count and measure and deprive yourself of eating the foods you love, all in the quest to become thin. The pounds drop slowly . . . too slowly. Irritability increases because you're hungry and cranky. As the days pass you're upset because you feel surrounded by thin people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want while you hold the dressing on the salad and eat a boring chicken breast with no sauce. You watch those fat grams, keep those calories down. You're miserable because your whole life seems to revolve around what you can eat or, rather, what you can't eat. But you stick to it, because nothing would make you feel more attractive and healthier than a new slim figure. After two solid weeks of dieting, you pass by the open cupboard and notice a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies that has been left opened. You go to roll down the top of the bag to keep them fresh, but first you peek inside. Oh, the smell. There is one broken cookie left on the top row. You can't eat it. Well, you could, but you shouldn't. But it just looks so messy having that one broken cookie resting on the white ruffled piece of paper. You decide you really should clean up that bag and remove that top piece of paper. You bite your fingernail and rationalize that since you've been so good, it would be okay to treat yourself to one minuscule crumb. You go for it, and your mouth explodes. Oh, what you've been missing! One little cookie crumb instantly makes your willpower crumble. It's okay, you convince yourself. It's not gonna kill you to eat the rest of that one measly little broken cookie. You look to see if any family members are nearby. The coast is clear, so you pop the delectable treat into your mouth. It's crunchy and sweet. The chocolate is rich and delicious. Since you've already blown your diet, before you know it you've removed the white paper and are digging into the second row for another cookie. After one and a half cookies you decide you might as well have another to completely satisfy your craving so you can get back on track tomorrow. You inhale cookie number two, licking your fingers to get every morsel. You go to close the bag and realize there's just one cookie left in the row, and it looks entirely too lonely sitting there by itself. You down it and remove the second piece of white paper. Now you're full, but there is only one row left in the entire bag--and having them around may tempt you to cheat again--so you polish off the rest of the bag and hide the evidence in the trash can. Then comes the guilt. "I shouldn't have done it." Then comes the bloating. "I feel sick to my stomach." Then comes the despair. "I'll never lose this weight." Then comes the depression. "What difference does it make. I'm gonna be fat forever." So much for the diet. In a short time you gain back all the weight you lost and a few extra pounds on top of that. Then it's time to scour the fashion magazines and find the new diet that promises to help you lose the weight and keep it off for good. Diets--the ultimate empty promise perpetuating the same cycle over and over again. We've all been victims of yo-yo dieting. We stick to some diets longer than others, but c'mon, just how much cabbage soup can a person eat? Let's face it . . . most diets fail because they are based on deprivation, and after depriving yourself for a period of time, you will eventually want to reward yourself. During the reward time, you will probably gain back all the weight, plus more. Staggering statistics show that 95 percent of us who go on diets gain back all the weight. Something is terribly wrong! So how do we beat the statistics? I'm happy to say I have finally figured it out. If you read my first book, you heard about my battle with dieting and how a trip to France in 1992 and an introduction to food combining changed everything for me. I stopped dieting on plain, boring, unsatisfying food and started eating rich, delicious meals full of flavor and, yes . . . fat. I got skinny on fat and realized I would never have to diet again. By eating a balanced diet including fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, butter, cheese, eggs, meat, and even cream, I went from 130 pounds down to 116, the amount I weighed as a teenager. And because I give my body real foods, my hunger is satisfied and I am meeting my body's nutritional needs. In the last six years my weight has not fluctuated by more than five pounds. This is not another diet full of empty promises . . . it's a remarkable program that has helped over a million people to lose weight and gain energy--Somersizing. MESSING WITH YOUR METABOLISM Why do diets fail time and time again? First of all, diets are about deprivation. We simply don't get to eat enough food, or enough of the right kinds of food, to satisfy our bodies' needs. Let's look at what happens when you restrict your calories from, for example, 1,500 to 1,000 calories a day. Since your body is used to running on 1,500 calories, it must make up for the missing fuel source by burning off first your glycogen and protein stores and then your fat reserves to provide you with enough energy to get through the day. This initial burning of fuel is why you will lose weight when you cut your calories. (Glycogen is stored with water, and therefore weighs more than fat. The scale may reflect a substantial weight loss due mostly to the loss of water, not fat. That's what the term "water weight" means.) But the human body is a remarkably complicated and adaptable machine. As your glycogen and protein stores are being depleted, your metabolism will actually slow down to keep you from starving to death. It's a survival instinct. Your body adapts to survive on 1,000 calories, or less fuel than it needed before. Excerpted from Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food by Suzanne Somers All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Diana Schwarzbein, M.D.
Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 A New Way of Lifep. 5
1 Diets--The Ultimate Empty Promisep. 7
2 Sugar--The Real Culpritp. 14
3 Fat--The Fall Guyp. 19
4 Dangers of a Low-Fat, High-Carb Dietp. 24
5 Pick the Healthy Optionp. 29
6 Food Combining--Fact or Fad?p. 35
7 The Somersize Programp. 40
8 Let's Get Started--Level Onep. 50
9 Somersizing Tips for Eating in Level Onep. 55
10 Living Lean--Level Twop. 63
11 Why We Eatp. 74
Part 2 Cooking--It's a Family Aggain!p. 77
12 Family Dinnersp. 79
Part 3 The Somersize Reeinesp. 103
13 Level One Recipesp. 105
14 Level Two Recipesp. 225
A Final Notep. 253
Reference Guidep. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 261