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Years ago, Suzanne Somers lost the chance to appear on a hit television series because she was "too chunky." That missed opportunity started her on a "diet roller coaster," trying all kinds of diets. Now Somers believes that diets and deprivation do not help people lose weight in the long-term. In Eat Great, Lose Weight, she explains the food-combining plan she calls "Somersizing": eliminate "funky foods" such as sugar ("my body's greatest enemy") and white flour; eat fruits alone on an empty stomach; eat proteins and fats with vegetables and without carbohydrates; eat carbohydrates with vegetables and without fat.
Sommers presents 113 recipes that certainly don't resemble a traditional diet and might make a weight-loss expert's hair curl, such as Crispy Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella Finger Sandwiches, Flourless Cheese Souffle (with butter, eggs, cream cheese, and Gruyère cheese), and Grilled Pepper Steak with Herb Butter (trim the fat from the meat, but add both butter and olive oil). There's no nutritional breakdown, so you can't count fat or calories. Somers admits that "many experts will argue that food combining is a myth," but she says it works for her, and she credits it with trimming her down to 116 pounds, even though she eats "more than ever." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It has been argued that one can lose weight and still eat large amounts of foods if they are in the proper combination and proportion and are eaten in conjunction with an exercise program. These two books explore this concept with slightly different interpretations. In addition to recommending larger amounts of complex carbohydrates with little or no fat and sugar, actress Somers (Wednesday's Child, LJ 8/92) emphasizes that eating the right combinations (and avoiding the wrong ones) promotes efficient digestion. Vedral, the author of a number of exercise books (e.g., Top Shape, Warner, 1995), proposes a simple modification of the USDA's Food Pyramid, recommending that low-calorie/high-density foods be eaten frequently to avoid the hunger pangs that sabotage many diets. Both books include extensive menus, recipes, and basic workout plans. Either or both would be a good purchase for public libraries. [Somers's book was previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/96.]?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohi.
-?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Eat great Lose Weight is an awesome book. I read the whole book and then applied her method. I have to say I did eat great and I did lose weight. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maggie Mae
Whether or not you follow the somersize program, you will love the recipes from Suzanne Somers! They are very tasty! Read morePublished on July 26 2003
There is not much to add since there are already quite a few reviews already listed on this site, but I just wanted to add one thing... a really important benefit. Read morePublished on July 16 2003
Suzanne's books are written in an easy-going personal style with lots of anecdotes about her family life and career to support the theories of food combining. Read morePublished on May 16 2003
I have never been skinny. Raised on carbs and more carbs, I always had bread and dessert at every meal. Previous diet attempts not only failed; they caused me to gain weight. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2003
I tried making the cheesecake recipe. The texture and look of the cheesecake is beautiful. The only thing was the taste was sour. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2002 by Mark Samuels
I can't recommend Ms. Somers' book enough. After years of yo-yo dieting, crash dieting and fad dieting, I reached my heaviest weight ever about a year ago. Read morePublished on June 17 2002