Open up the book “Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads” by Christine Avanti and early on you realize that opting for a salad at your next lunch meeting may not be the best idea. In fact, you could probably opt for that Double Double with Cheese at In-N-Out burger with 670 calories and 41 grams of fat instead of the Cheesecake Factory Cobb Salad with 1,340 calories and 96 grams of fat.
So give up salads, right? Christine teaches us that salads aren’t the only thing to eat–in fact carbohydrates are allowed and encouraged! But what kind of diet would allow something like this? Carbohydrates?? Christine’s Skinny Chicks diet plan that has helped celebrities like Guiliana Rancic and more. Christine is a certified nutritionist and creator of the Simply Slimmer System and has developed the Skinny Chick eating plan for woman like you and me.
The first thing the program will encourage you to do right from the start is to eat. That’s right, eat. In fact, the plan encourages you to eat every four hours. Christine makes the claim that if you allow your body to go more than four hours before eating something, glucose levels drop and you allow yourself to be open to crankiness, headaches, and a greater desire to binge eat. You also stop burning calories and start to rely on your muscle tissues for energy. So you actually do more harm by not eating than by eating.
The second thing the diet encourages you to do is to shoot for approximately 400 calorie meals every four hours. But more importantly it encourages you to use a balanced protein carbohydrate ratio. Yes, carbohydrates. Reading through the recipes the carbohydrates come from foods like fruits, grains, legumes, and pasta. Leaner proteins are encouraged, and every meal idea has a balanced amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
While this diet might sound to good to be true, it’s not. Christine has done a great job of taking stories from many of the woman she works with and bringing them into the story. One woman talks about her one pound weight loss. At first, I shuttered. Only one pound?? But the woman talked about the increased health benefits she found as a result of changing her eating habits, and focusing more on eating for health and good nutrition versus loosing weight. On average, most of the woman that shared their stories lost an average of ten pounds or more. All spoke about the decreased hunger they felt in between meals, the increased energy, healthier feel, skin, hair and nail benefits, stable moods and decreased illness–whether mental like depression or physical like coughs, colds and flu’s.
So should you start the Skinny Chick program? There are some definite pros and cons of the program. The plan is easy to understand. Christine does an incredible job of making the science behind eating and our bodies morph into something easy that anyone can understand. Add to that the positive reviews from people who participated in the program, sound nutrition advice and education, and over 100 recipes written for the book and it’s a great book to read and a great plan to try.
But with every good thing must come an evil, right? The book does include “diet” foods like egg whites, fat free yogurts, and fat free dairy products. And it also contains some recipes that include sugar alternatives like Splenda–although in defense their are plenty of recipes that include natural sweeteners like honey and agave. But some feel that Splenda and other sugar free alternatives are considered off limits or unnatural. And exercise is not considered mandatory, but comes highly, highly recommended. And a beginner exerciser is supposed to go from 10 minutes to 45 minutes of exercise in just a few weeks. That might be a bit aggressive for some beginners.
However, the pros far outweigh the cons of the nutrition plan, and if you’re looking for a fresh look on nutrition and health, consider checking out “Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads” by Christine Avanti today.
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