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The Hungry Girl Diet: Big Portions. Big Results. Drop 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks [Hardcover]

Lisa Lillien
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Book Description

March 25 2014
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hungry Girl cookbooks now delivers the first-ever meal plan based on the concepts that have satisfied millions: The Hungry Girl Diet! Lisa Lillien has taken her famous super-sizing techniques, diet philosophies, and delicious recipes, and she's put them into a foolproof four-week jump-start plan to help you lose weight effortlessly. Approved by a registered dietitian, this program is not only completely satisfying but also entirely effective. The Hungry Girl Diet has...

*A detailed four-week program to help you jump start your weight loss the Hungry Girl way

*Over 50 easy recipes for delicious super-sized meals and snacks, including HG classics like growing oatmeal bowls, oversized egg mugs, ginormous salads, and foil packs

*Magical food ideas that help keep you feeling full all day

*Tips & tricks for avoiding diet derailment, including Lisa's personal strategies for weight management

*Helpful hints & how-tos for grocery shopping and dining out

*Foods that give you the biggest bang for your calorie buck

*Smart swaps for fattening foods you crave

*Easy meals that anyone can make

*And SO much more!

With an emphasis on lean protein, low-fat dairy, fresh fruits 'n veggies, and GIGANTIC portions, this diet gives you everything you love about Hungry Girl in one nutritious and delicious weight-loss plan!

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About the Author

LISA LILLIEN is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. The founder of, the free daily email service, she is obsessed with food––how wonderful it is, and how much of it she can eat and still fit into her pants. More than 1 million fans eagerly wait for Hungry Girl’s recipes and tips & tricks each weekday.

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3.0 out of 5 stars It worked, but made as angry and bitter Oct. 1 2014
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I have been debating for a long time on what to give this. I give it 3 stars.

Pros - it worked. Both my husband and I lost 10 lbs in a month (maybe even more) as it said we would. And we actually have adapted some of the recipes and have continued to use them ever since - such as the Greek yoghurt and fruit breakfast, and some of the salad recipes for lunch.

Cons - quite frankly this diet made us angry and bitter. 1st of all it just seemed I was spending hours preparing food all the time (not sure where the processed food remark I saw in a previous review came from, because I think the most processed food we used was the Fiber 1). I honestly felt that I was spending 2 hours every evening preparing lunch for the next day, preparing dinner. 2nd we felt totally deprived. There was no give for the 80/20 rule and as there was more and more we couldn't have, it made it angrier. 3rd it cost us a lot. As both of us were following this, and where we live fresh food is more expensive than in the US, our grocery bill was quite high, making us even more bitter. Oh, and we were hungry. At 9 PM about an hour before bed we had eaten our allotted food for the day and stomachs were grumbling. And not because we just had to drink some water.

Look, it does work. A 1300 cal diet is effective, and we took away some good ideas from here. It is not meant to be a forever diet, just a kick start, which is exactly what it did. I have kept off the weight too, so it was not a total fail. I love a lot of the Hungry Girl ideas and recipes, but this required a lot of dedication. I now have a package of tofu in the freezer we never touched, and while they are still good, I just cannot bring myself to eat another package of the slimy tofu shiritaki noodles. Thanks for the kick start Lisa and team!
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1.0 out of 5 stars wasn't my cup of tea May 16 2014
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I found you have to buy a lot of extras to make the meals. Artificial sweeteners akso which I'm not interested in using.
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I have all of Lisa's books and was happy to find this as easy to follow as the rest. Recipes are simple as is the plan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovin it April 26 2014
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best ever xoxo xoxo xoxo works xoxo just do it xoxoxo eat like this forever xoxo xoxo buy it now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step-By-Step, Easy-to-Follow, Long-awaited Diet Plan March 25 2014
By Dropping The Pounds - Published on
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I've read through the new Hungry Girl Diet book and here’s a recap of what I've seen:

If you need someone to hold your hand and walk you through step-by-step, this book does exactly that!

The book is a 4-week program. There is a separate chapter for each of the 4 weeks, and within each week there is a separate page for every day of the week (i.e., Week 1 - Day 1, Week 1 - Day 2, Week 1 – Day 3, etc.).

Every single day has its own menu plan broken down into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. It is very structured, but there is also a lot of flexibility within that structure.

For each meal, you can choose from 3 different menu choices (breakfast on Week 1, Day 1, for example, offers your choice of Mega Fruit ‘n Yogurt Bowl, Egg Scramble & Bun, or Growing Oatmeal B-fast). For every menu item, there is a reference to the page number in the book where you can find the recipe for that item. There are over 60 recipes in this book.

There are also little reminders throughout about when to drink your water.

When the book is opened to a menu plan for a given day, the menu plan is on the right-hand page, and the left-hand page has helpful hints, time-saving shortcuts, money-saving tips, ideas for food swaps, etc.

There are chapters, amongst others, on how to maintain your weight loss after you’ve completed the 4 week program, on how to handle dining out at restaurants, etc., and on helpful hints about exercise (although this book is geared almost exclusively around food, the subject of exercise is touched upon).

OK, and now some notes about the Hungry Girl Diet...

It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other weight-loss programs (i.e., Weight Watchers, counting calories, etc.).

It will work with vegetarian diets and there are a number of sample vegetarian recipes included in the book. It is not, however, vegan-friendly because she says there are A LOT of recipes with Greek yogurts and egg whites.

If you’ve got other Hungry Girl cookbooks that you’d like to use during this diet, no you don’t! COMPLETELY forget about those books for now. While you’re on this diet, the book instructs you to ONLY eat from the recipes in this book. There are some recipes in her other cookbooks that use processed foods for simplicity’s sake.

Written under the direction and supervision of a registered dietitian, this book, on the other hand, concentrates on recipes using natural foods and avoids processed foods.

You’ll not be buying microwavable quick meals with this diet; you’ll be doing a lot of cooking from scratch. The recipes, however, are all very simple to prepare, even if you’re not talented, so to speak, in the kitchen.

A number of people have already gone through this diet as the book was being developed, many of which are staffers at Hungryland (the Hungry Girl headquarters). Weight losses of 10 to 20+ pounds have been quoted during the 4 week period. She says you WILL lose weight on this diet if you follow it to the letter.

Given the flexibility it offers in the day-by-day meal plans, it should be an easy diet to follow.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for unstable blood sugar May 9 2014
By Nina Maxine - Published on
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. I did WW for a long time, and while it worked, I was constantly hungry and average a half pound lost per week. I didn't think that was so bad, being 5 feet tall without a ton to lose, but as the lbs crept back, I decided to try this one. So far, I've followed it to the letter and am on day 9.

Hunger: Yeah, I'm sometimes hungry, though that seems to be fading quite a bit here on day 9 (and giant glasses of iced herbal teas help). But I'm very satisfied after meals and can eat 6 times a day.

Blood sugar: If you have this problem, you know diets can be so, so hard - and some actually impossible. The balance of protein and fat without too much carb and very little sugar in this diet has left me *perfectly* stable. Such a relief.

Meals: Before the diet, I didn't eat any processed foods, so it's a little weird to see the Laughing Cow in my fridge. But honestly, nearly everything else I've been eating has been pretty natural. There are a lot of giant piles of veggies dressed up in various ways with protein and fats. I thought I was a big veggie eater, but nothing like this. I have to think that offsets whatever is in my Laughing Cow and premade, light mayo. And honestly, I'm not too worried about 28 days of using those ingredients. This is just an intervention.

Structure: I love the short time frame. It really allows you to commit. I simply told people I need these four weeks to not eat out or go for drinks. Instead of the feeling I had on WW (that I was going to be doing this forever, so it had to be 'realistic' and include restaurants and a few drinks), I'm instead extremely motivated to see what I can get done in the remaining days. It's working a whole lot better.

Results: I'm small, female, and only had 15 lbs. to lose. I lost 5 lbs in the first 8 days. That is crazy. Overall, I'm *less* hungry than I was on WW - yay for giant piles of veggies and for the magic protein + fat + fiber formula. I still have 20 days left and am super excited about it.

So glad I got the hard copy of this. I have no doubt it will be my go-to 'reset' program for years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to love it but....... April 6 2014
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I'm a huge Hungry Girl fan and have all her books. I pre-ordered this so it would be delivered the day it released and was really looking forward to it. After 30 minutes of paging thru it, I was really disappointed. I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. It basically tells you to choose one of three recipes for bfast/lunch/dinner daily for the entire week. The 'recipes' were not at all what I expected. A recipe for a 'fruit and yogurt bowl', tuna/turkey/chicken platter, or burger with side salad? I don't know anyone who diets who doesn't already know how to mix fruit into a bowl of yogurt, or make a sandwich with a sandwich thin. The burger recipe is just that, 4 oz burger on a sandwich thin. Really???

On the plus side, there are some good tips and tricks and like the recipes for the veggie dips -- haven't seen those before and will be trying them. On the VERY plus side, there seems to be less reliance on processed foods and artificial sweeteners in this book. I have been 'eating clean' and have kind of moved away from her recipes because many of the old ones relied heavily on those ingredients. There is even a mention in this book that she is starting to do the same hopefully future recipe books will continue that trend.

I love everything about Lisa Lillien and SO wanted to love this book, but I wouldn't recommend it.
62 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this diet!!!!! March 26 2014
By Kier O'Sullivan - Published on
This diet is amazing. I for one know, bc I was a tester and I lost over 10lbs in the 4 week program and I am continuing to lose weight.
You are always full and it is great that you get different food options for each meal and snack (just incase you are the type of person who gets bored easily). There is no guess work involved. If you follow it, you are guaranteed to lose at least 10lbs.
Go Hungry Girl!!!!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Ideas, but... May 23 2014
By A reader - Published on
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This book seems like it was written for a dieting single woman. My husband wanted to also drop a few pounds, and after 2 days on the first week plan, he flatly refused to eat any more chicken breast. I have used some of the Hungry Girl recipes and had to make a few adjustments to make them work. In order for the Fiber One cereal crumbs to stick dredge the chicken breast, onion rings, egg plant in flour first. It bonds with the egg beaters and makes a glue to anchor the crumbs. Many of the snack ideas are great too, especially the stuffed strawberries.
I could not abide the shirataki noodles or the oven fried carrots and butternut squash for french fries. This diet can be expensive and depends on a lot of packaged food. I've adapted some of her ideas to my meal repertoire, but it's weighing, measuring, and calorie counting that does the trick.
The best thing about Hungry Girl is that Lisa Lillien is a great cheer leader and always positive. I also like the restaurant survival guides.
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