Cover image for Suzanne Somers' eat great, lose weight
Suzanne Somers' eat great, lose weight
Somers, Suzanne, 1946-
Personal Author:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Three Rivers Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
xxi, 215 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
RM222.2 .S635 1996C Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



No one knows the self-denial--and the failure rate--of dieting better than Suzanne Somers. The Three's Company and Step-by-Step star struggled with her weight for twenty years. But now, after years of experimentation and consultation with more than one hundred nutritionists and dietitians, Suzanne has developed a weight-loss plan that truly succeeds.nbsp;nbsp;

With over a hundred recipes for great-tasting creative and traditional dishes, Eat Great, Lose Weight will help you free yourself from food cravings, get off the diet roller coaster, and learn to love food again. You won't believe how easy it is to look and feel your best!

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.

(Publisher Provided)



Many years ago, when I was just starting out in television, I landed a guest-starring role on a hit series called Starsky and Hutch . Three days before I was supposed to start, I got a call from the producer. My ears perked up when I heard his voice. He told me that he and the director had been sitting around talking, and they decided I was just 'a little too chunky' for the part. They recast the role and I cried myself to sleep. I was twenty-nine years old and twenty pounds overweight.          That's when my diet roller-coaster began. Determined to lose those pounds, I tried every diet in the world. The shakes, the calorie counting, the packaged foods, the fasting, the grapefruit, the cottage cheese, the celery . . . and guess what? They all worked. That's right. Every time I went on a diet, I lost weight. But, within a short time of going back to eating like a normal person, I would gain back all the weight and often a little extra. Then I'd scour the fashion magazines for the next dieting trend, and off I'd go on my path toward deprivation -- all in the name of being thin.          What I really wanted was to find a way to eat healthy, nutritious, yet flavorful foods in substantial portions and still lose weight. And I'm happy to tell you I have found it. After working with many nutritionists, reading books, and practicing trial and error on my own body, I have finally found a way to control my weight without deprivation. I call my program 'Somersizing,' and Somersizing is not a diet. Diet is a nasty four-letter word that conjures up negative thoughts of sacrifice and obsession and guilt. Based on eating everyday foods in specific combinations, Somersizing is a lifestyle that will change your way of thinking about how to lose weight and how to increase your energy. Eating the Somersize way is a pleasure. It is a program for life, a program I will happily live on for the rest of my life. There are a few basic rules you will learn, and then you're free to eat whatever you want, in a restaurant, at home, or on the road. On the Somersize program, you first eliminate a small group of what I call Funky Foods, foods that wreak havoc on our systems. Then you separate normal, everyday foods into four Somersize Food groups: proteins and fats, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fruits. Finally, you follow these seven easy steps: Eliminate all Funky Foods. Eat Fruits alone, on an empty stomach. Eat Proteins/Fats with Veggies. Eat Carbos with Veggies and no fat. Keep Proteins/Fats separate from Carbos. Wait three hours between meals if switching from a Protein/Fats meal to a Carbos meal, or vice versa. Do not skip meals. Eat three meals a day and eat until you feel satisfied and comfortably full. Since I started properly combining my foods, I have trimmed down from 130 to 116 pounds -- the amount I weighed as a teenager. And since I reached my goal weight, I have fluctuated no more than 3 pounds. I eat delicious foods -- I eat cheese, I drink wine occasionally, and you would be shocked to know how much chocolate I eat and still maintain my weight.          Some experts will argue that food combining is a myth -- a calorie is a calorie and it doesn't matter how you combine them, it only matters how many you eat and how many you burn off. The debate has gone on for many years, and I'm sure it will continue for many more. All I can tell you is that it works for me. I can eat all the wonderful foods I love and still lose weight. I don't have to give up flavor. I don't settle for boring meals with no sauce. I enjoy rich and flavorful foods. I don't count calories or fat grams. Throw everything you think you know about diets out the window. Somersizing is an easy and effective way to look and feel your best while enjoying life to the fullest. I put this book together to show you how I eat and to share how I cook for my family. I've compiled more than a hundred of my favorite Somersize recipes for you to try for yourself -- everything from Thanksgiving Turkey with Mushroom Sausage Stuffing to Decadent Chocolate Cake -- and I'm sure you will agree that this is a sinfully delightful way to Eat Great, Lose Weight. Enjoy! Excerpted from Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight 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.