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An enthusiastic, realistic approach to eating well while staying slim, this paperback edition of Somers' bestseller is filled to the brim with stories of weight loss success from followers of the Somersize plan. Also included are more of the enticing recipes that make it so easy to stay faithful to this breakthrough dieting plan.
Somers devotes a third of the book to explaining in detail why and how the program works. Veterans of this eating method will no doubt have the Funky Foods memorized and the "combining" instructions down cold. But readers new to the idea of losing weight by eating fat and staying away from traditional dieting staples like rice cakes, baked potatoes, and pretzels will need to hear the author's frequent reminders that "sugar is more fattening than fat." It may also take a chapter or two to fully understand the logic behind this strategy of dieting, because, as Somers points out, we have been so conditioned to believe that fat is the ultimate enemy in all weight struggles. With the book's clear, commonsense explanations, readers will quickly attain a solid grasp of the Somersize plan, which, in brief, consists of eliminating any foods that are high in starch or contain refined carbohydrates and then eating metabolically beneficial combinations of foods from the remaining groups (Pro/Fats, Carbos, Veggies, and Fruits).
While Somers acknowledges that the medical establishment has yet to embrace her eating plan, she offers enough persuasive facts about the body's digestive process to make even the most jaded dieter take heart.
The rest of the book is a treasure trove of delicious recipes, classified as either Level One or Level Two on the Somersize program. A glance at the recipes reveals why so many people turn to Somersizing after years of deprivation-based dieting. Rosemary London Broil and Almond Chocolate Torte are just some of the goodies offered here. The emphasis is always on eating fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, and natural whole grains; and with so many delicious options, greasy processed foods will be the last thing on readers' minds.
Get Skinny on Fabulous Food is peppered with photos of Somers and her family, often gathered around a meal or preparing one in the kitchen. The genuine pleasure the author derives from spending time with her family and nourishing them with healthy meals is conveyed throughout the book, and this enthusiasm is contagious. If the tantalizing recipes don't woo readers to the Somersize program, the book's refreshingly positive attitude about food and nutrition certainly will. (Karen Burns)