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Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food

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by Suzanne Somers, Diana Schwarzbein (Foreword by), Leslie Hamel (Illustrator)

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Somersize your way to weight loss and good health!

Find out why Somersizing has swept the nation! In Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, the number one New York Times bestseller and sequel to Eat Great, Lose Weight, which also went to the top of the Times list, Suzanne Somers will show you how to shed pounds for good and have more energy than ever


Somersize your way to weight loss and good health!

Find out why Somersizing has swept the nation! In Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, the number one New York Times bestseller and sequel to Eat Great, Lose Weight, which also went to the top of the Times list, Suzanne Somers will show you how to shed pounds for good and have more energy than ever before -- without dieting. This lifestyle-altering book provides you with:

* The guilt-free way to lose weight and reprogram your metabolism -- including more than 100 delicious Somersized recipes that leave you both satisfied and indulged
* Breakthrough research on food and nutrition that changes the way you think about your body
* Moving personal testimonials guaranteed to motivate and encourage you
* An easy-to-follow weight-loss plan that teaches you how to combine foods properly so that you'll get, and stay, skinny without feeling deprived

Join the millions of people who have lost weight safely and effectively with Get Skinny on Fabulous Food and start celebrating good health and good times with Suzanne's delectable, simple, and balanced Somersized meals.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Some amazing Somersize success stories!

"Over the years I have been exposed to many diets for my patients, most of which eventually failed. As I grew older, I joined my overweight patients by becoming 23 pounds overweight myself. In March 1997 I started the Somersize program and in three months I lost 23 pounds and reached my goal. Since having such great success personally I have placed many patients and friends on the Somersize program. I am thoroughly convinced it is the way to go."
--Stanley Dressler, M.D.

"The more obsessed I was about finding the right diet, the larger I became--I blossomed to 407 pounds. My self-esteem diminished to the point of wondering how I could end the vicious cycle. Suzanne, little did I know the key I had prayed for was right in front of me--I wish for others to grab ahold of your words. Now 174 pounds, I have a happier heart, mind, and, most of all, body."
--Lynn Thorpe

"My husband and I slowly kept gaining weight, and before we realized, I had ballooned up to 190 pounds and Kevin was weighing in at 275. We had twin boys (3 years old) and at the time I had absolutely no energy to keep up with them. Now, 15 months later, I am 70 pounds lighter and Kevin has lost 80 pounds. This is a way of life for us now."
--Taylor and Kevin Kibodeaux

"You and your Somersizing system have made a new woman of me! I have lost 34 pounds by just eating according to your book. During menopause I started putting on weight, which was a new thing for me as I was pretty thin when I was young. My blood pressure rose until I had to be on medication, but has improved so much that I feel like a different person."
--Joan Garton

The Barnes & Noble Review
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)

Library Journal
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 idea--that some fats are necessary--is 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!--Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Part One

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.

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.

Meet the Author

Suzanne Somers is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers Eat Great, Lose Weight and Keeping Secrets, and the former star of the hit television programs Three's Company and Step by Step. Suzanne is also responsible for the wildly successful line of Thighmaster fitness products and her own line of jewelry on the Home Shopping Network.

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Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book on Home Shopping Network and it sat in the box for 2 months before I decided to give it a try. I read the whole book from cover to cover and thought 'Hey, I can do this!' Well, I've only been following this plan for 6 days and have already lost 4.5 lbs. I never feel hungry but I still do crave sweets. Maybe someone can help me with this!! I am thinking of buying the Eat Great, Lose Weight book and may also put my name on the list for the Great Deserts book coming out in October. I would love it if I could get some emails on how to help fight those sugar cravings. It's only been a week but this is the hardest time - the beginning! Thanks for your support and THANK YOU SUZANNE - by changing how I eat, I smell success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Somers sets the ideal for us...and looks gorgeous as she does so!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers a life changing way of eating and I thank God I found it! I was on this diet before and lost 15 pounds in a month, but then got pregnant and 'let myself go.' But I'm back on it and I love it! No more cravings for snacks and sugar, I'm hardly ever hungry, I just feel comfortably full all the time and I have TONS of energy! Thank you so much Suzanne for writing this book!
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1/1/00 I set a goal to eat healthy and loose some weight. I began to follow all of the level 1 guidelines as they are outlined in the book and exercise. I was so impressed when I lost 3 pounds the first week and was never hungry or eating diet food. Throughout the year I tried and enjoyed every recipe provided. The Somersizing system is so easy to remember, I've also had fun creating my own recipes. I never used to enjoy cooking. 1/1/01 I now wear a size 6! My friends want to know how I can weigh only 125 lbs with the amount of food I eat. I gladly share with them the Somersizing concept.
mytang2013 More than 1 year ago
The food you eat is real food, not gourmetish and ingredients you don't normally have in your cupboard.  My husband and I lost 30 lbs each, by  following  the guidelines, cooking recipes and just walking every other night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are 3 of us at work that are doing the diet, the first has lost 45.5 lbs the 2nd (me) has lost 12 and the 3rd just started today. It works - the food is great, but please Suzanne - come out with some recipes that are not so froo - froo
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I was skeptical about trying yet another diet, but since nothing else seemed to be working, I decided i would try one last thing. In the first 6 months on this program I lost 40 lbs, and I have never felt better. The program is easy to follow, it is truly a way of life. The recipes are delicious and you never go hungry. Its worth spending a little extra time preparing this type of food. I would definitely recommend this book and I think pretty soon so are a lot of doctors who I thik would benefit from reading and testing this diet. I also bought her second book Eat Great Lose Weight and am looking forward to her third book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I was pretty skeptical about following any diet plan. I tried to go on diets in the past, but they never worked. But, after hearing so many good things about 'Get Skinny on Fabulous Foods,' I thought I'd at least try it. Well, since I started 'Somersizing' two months ago, I have lost 8 pounds. I found it hard to strickly follow the plan and to follow the recipes because of time, but I found new ways of eating because of the book! I cheated a little on the plan and I don't work out much, but I still lost weight! It's defintely a new and exciting way of eating and feeling great about yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buy this book!! Good food, not difficult (although some of the ingredients may be hard to find in less metropolitan areas.) The mountain of lemon meringue pie is TO DIE FOR, and even my picky spouse will eat some of this food. Not to mention that after five years of dieting and watching my weight go up while eating 'low fat and healthy', finally, I think I'm shrinking. Not much, and the scale doesn't really tell the story. However, Dr. Schwarzbein explains the science behind this 'myth' of food combining, and why we can't lose weight. A friend loaned me her copy of Eat Great, Lose Weight, and although I didn't think it was for real at the time, I really did lose a little bit. So I bought that book in paperback, and got the second one the next day. I've been eating bacon or sausage with eggs and Onion Nests nearly every day ever since. It's embarassing to admit owning so many 'lowfat and healthy' cookbooks, but all these years, I thought red meat was going to kill me. Guess who ended up anemic for three years? Eat my dust on the way to the beach this summer, y'all! Gracias to all who produced this book, especially Suzanne Somers, who essentially put her neck on the line when she wrote 'another celebrity cookbook' and a 'new diet book.' Now if I could just start exercising again. . . !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not been on many diets, but after my third child was born, I found loosing the extra 20 pounds harder than ever. I have become increasingly interested in healthy, responsible eating over the last five or so years. So when I picked up this book, what appealed to me is that ms. Summers encourages weight loss through healthy eating, cutting out the junk food, and gaining control over your digestive system: great ideas for anyone. An added bonus is that because combining grains and meats is not allowed, you end up eating a lot more vegetables: also good for all of us. So two weeks ago, I started 'somersizing', and five pound are gone! I enjoy making the delicious meals, I am also walking 20 minutes every early morning, and doing 25 chin-ups before my shower. This is easy! I am happy to note that ms. summers has stopped advocating the use of Aspartame. I still have the following questions, though: -She says fat is o.k.; does that mean any fat, what about the talk about good and bad fats? -Hubby is a 'meat and potatoes, hold the veggies' kinda guy; any suggestions as to how to keep from having to cook two suppers every night?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutly 100% truthful. As a diabetic I was always fighting the high carbohydrate 'Diabetic Diet' that all the'expert' nutritionist claimed was right for me. Frankly, they made me sick, literally. The protein diet makes if possible for me to have completly normal blood sugar readings, feel better than I have ever felt and stop the damage that carbs were doing to my body. I thank God that people are starting to wake up from the (dare I use the word) religion of highcarb diets. Studies prove that 3 out of 5 people are carbohydrate sensitive, so this way of living may not be for everyone. There are 2 out of 5 still out there able to eat some amount of carbs without getting sick or fat. I am not one of those people. I am glad I found out the truth before it was too late.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read 'Get Skinny on Fabulous Food'. The program seems to be focused mainly on information from one doctor.( I do realize that other information was compiled from several different sources. All of which are included in the book.) I have read other low carb-high fat diet books. 'Get Skinny' is one of the easiest to follow diet plans I have seen. Also, good variety. It is full of supportive, sincere advice from the author. I just haven't seen enough scientific information to change my eating habits to fit this program. My opinion could be thoroughly argued with testimonials from 'Get Skinny'. Best of luck to everyone who uses ths program. I hope it helps. One day I may reconsider, and if I do, this is the program I will use.
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I am a 35 yr. old mom, with one son (3 yrs.), and I have never been one to try fad diets. I didn't experience weight gain until age 28, so I quickly joined Weight Watchers, lost the weight, and kept it off - until after my son was born. Twenty lbs. just stayed and I knew my body would never look the same. Weight Watchers wasn't working. I felt like I just wasn't getting all of the protein I needed, and I didn't have much energy. So my husband laughed when I bought this book, but I've been eating the 'Suzanne' way now for two weeks, and I've lost 7 lbs. I did a birthday brunch and followed the Level One profile, and everyone loved it! I'm always satisfied, but never 'stuffed.' I've altered some of the recipes in both books, and the food is so beautiful, I feel 'special' sitting down to eat it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have lost weight on the high carb diets (50 lbs) years ago, but the weight slowly crept back as I slowed my exercise and ate whatever I wanted. This book which basically preaches eat your carbs and protiens seperately, (but is very restrictive on the kinds of carbs you can eat)is overall very simple to follow. I started Nov 1 and now have lost 18 pounds. I sometimes go off it a little bit on the weekends, but if you adopt this as the way you usually eat, it will work for you. I also do the treadmill 45 minutes daily. Bottm line: all diets work, but not all diets are easy to do long term..this I believe is is the easiest for people who want to live life in the mainnstream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the big problem I have with this book/diet, is the claim that everything is right there, you wont have to do special shopping for the menu's etc.. ha!! i live in No Mn, and believe you.. half that stuff is not to be found here. also being the mother of 2, and husband who is a laborer, it was really hard to only cook one meal for all of us, without them thinking I was punishing them... I have tired the low carb/low suger diets and feel they do work, but not found a menu, recipes that are really for the real real women and family out there, not the south calif, or high income family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love Somersizing. I've done every recipe in Eat Great. Suzanne is a wonderful cook.I've just received Get Skinny and love having more recipes!! I've been Somersizing for less than a week and already my rings don't fit!!