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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON is a model, sportswoman, and designer.  She’s also the high-profile mother of two who starred in three seasons of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York.  She has published three lifestyle books, including The Bikini Book.  She is guest editor of AVENUE Magazine, writes for AM New York and was the editor of Elle Accessories. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York with her two daughters and three dogs.

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I CAN MAKE YOU HOT! (Chapter One)Monday: Make a List-Plan and Prepare!

To me, living well is the only option. What, after all, is the only alternative? Living badly? Who aspires to living badly? I want you to live well, and that's going to take some planning.

What are your goals for yourself? If you're going to make changes in your life, you need to have a plan, you need to prepare, and you need to take the time to get it right--so that you don't wind up wasting your time. This is my plan, and from now on it's going to be yours. Monday is going to be the day you make a HOT plan and prepare for the rest of your week. Let's get started together!

What are you going to be eating this week? I know we haven't talked about specific meals yet (we'll be doing that on Wednesday). For now, you just need to know that planning your meals in advance and shopping for the foods you're going to need for the rest of the week will help to keep you on track. If what you need or want to eat isn't there when you want it, you're likely to substitute something a lot less healthy and satisfying just because it's staring you in the face.

Another positive side effect of this is that once you've finished your food shopping you'll know how much money you have left over to spend on other things. And you're less likely to buy things you don't really need--so you might have some extra cash for a pedicure. This isn't just about budgeting your food; it's about budgeting your life.

Kelly's Cardinal Rule

This is not something you don't know, but--never go shopping when you're hungry. That's when you're most likely to make bad choices and find yourself finishing a whole bag of Peanut M&M's while you're surfing the vegetable aisle. You don't want to be that person who is snacking while you're shopping. That's not hot--period.

Staples I keep in my house



Dehydrated mangos, blueberries, pineapple

Unbuttered, unsalted popcorn

Kale chips

Organic fruit snacks


Wasabi-roasted green peas

Yogurt-covered goji berries

Breads, Cereals, Flour, And Grains

Bran and whole wheat cereals

Brown and white rice

Cornbread mix


Organic brownie mix

Pancake mix

Rice crackers

Taco shells

Whole grain croutons

Whole wheat pasta

I'm not a big fan of nuts in general, but I do love almonds, and they have many health benefits. They're packed with nutrients and monounsaturated fats that help keep your heart healthy.

Olives may be little balls of fat, but they're full of health-promoting, omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamin E and flavonoids, which are potent antioxidants. Plus, black olives have more iron than any other food and there is research to show that olives and olive oil may be effective in the prevention and treatment of arthritis, asthma, and some types of cancer. They also satisfy your need for salt and combat cravings.

Fruits and Vegetables


Baby carrots




Cherry tomatoes

Edamame (fresh soy beans)

Frozen peas

Frozen spinach

Mixed salad greens


Snow peas

Dehydrated snow peas are the new edamame.

Try different kinds of milk for different flavors. See which ones you like best.


Bottled water

Unsweetened coconut milk/almond milk/whole cow's milk/soy milk/vanilla soy milk

Diet Coke (Yes, I drink Diet Coke but I don't drink gallons of it every day, and neither should you!)


Organic chamomile with lavender tea Peppermint tea

Pure white green tea



Red wine

Tequila (my favorite is Patrón)


White wine (I like Santa Margherita's pinot grigio)

Dairy Products



Mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese



Canned tuna, packed in water Cinnamon, ground

Crushed red pepper flakes

Lavender-lemon pepper

Miso soup

Organic nonstick cooking spray

Olive oil


Sea salt

Truffle salt

Truffle oil

Vodka sauce (I use Newman's Own because it's tasty and the company is a great charity organization--my two favorite things.)

I like using sea salt instead of regular salt because sea salt has more flavor and is more concentrated so you can use less of it to get the same taste.

Many "diet" books will tell you not to drink because alcohol has empty calories and also lowers your inhibitions so that you're less likely to make good food choices.

Personally, I do drink beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. In fact, I love mixed drinks--particularly anything that comes with an umbrella--but not every day. When I was younger, I didn't drink beer. I didn't like it, and even one beer was too filling for me. My friends from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, used to drink Old Style when we went to Chuck's, a local bar in Fontana, but I always drank soda. I probably drank a liter of soda every Saturday night. No wonder I was so energized!

Even later, in my twenties, I didn't really drink at all. I was modeling, traveling around the world, and attending Columbia University, all at the same time. I barely had any "me time," let alone bar time. Studying and partying don't mix.

After I gave birth to my first daughter, my doctor told me that my breast milk would flow more easily if I drank a dark beer every day. Since I'm Irish, I went with Guinness. That's when it started; my taste buds changed, and it was actually beneficial to me. Once I stopped breastfeeding I started to run more consistently again. Beer was already in my diet, and it also was refreshing and gave me carbs after my daily runs.

Do I encourage you to sit back and down a six-pack by yourself? Hardly! I don't drink beer (or any other alcohol) every day. Beer and I are now acquaintances, but not best friends. I don't lie around in front of the TV with a beer bottle on my belly. Everything with me is in moderation (except for how I love). No one ever looks HOT when they're drunk--even if they think they do--but if you don't have issues with alcohol, drink really good beer, wine, and alcohol. Bad alcohol leads to bad hangovers. And always, always, drink responsibly.

According to Forbes.com: "A vast number of studies show that moderate consumption of alcohol, including beer, may reduce the risk of heart disease--consistently the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. A 2006 study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Public Health found that, among men with healthy lifestyles, those who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol had a 40 to 60% reduced risk of heart attack compared with heart healthy men who abstained." You heard it here.

And I read in the New York Post that Heidi Klum, ex-Victoria's Secret model and mother of four, runs four miles a day and drinks beer. If it's good enough for a former supermodel and for Forbes.com, it's good enough for me.

Interestingly, I've found that since I started taking care of my body and feeding it well, my metabolism works so efficiently that I can drink alcohol and metabolize it faster than most people. If you want to drink, my advice is to eat better and exercise!

I firmly believe that bland food makes you fat. When food is really tasty, you're satisfied with less, so what you want is food so flavorful that you want to eat it slowly and savor every bite. Your taste buds will be in gastronomic heaven after just a few bites.

One way to get more of that sultry savory taste is to use truffle oil as a flavor enhancer. I love it on pasta, eggs, meat, and fish. Seth Levine, who appeared on Season 5 of Gordon Ramsay's hit television show, Hell's Kitchen, gave me some insight on truffles and how to use truffle oil. According to Seth, white truffles are more exotic and more expensive than black, are gathered during the summer only in France and Spain, and are mainly used in dishes during the fall months. Black truffles are more common and can be found in Oregon, Canada, and all over Europe throughout the year.

Truffle oil is so full of concentrated flavor that a little goes a very long way. Put a few drops on your salad or on a pizza. Just never add it until your food has finished cooking. Subjecting the oil to heat kills the truffle flavor. What a waste of deliciousness!

Think and Plan!

When you shop for clothes you probably have a budget. Think of food shopping the way you think of shopping for clothes. A muffin from Dunkin' Donuts costs 480 calories. Do you have enough calories to spend on a muffin? Eat what you need and what you can afford, not what you have to burn off later. Don't incur food debt.

Plan how and when you're going to exercise. Get out your calendar or PDA. What does the rest of your week look like? Do you go to an office every day? Do you have morning or afternoon appointments? Evening activities? If you plan your workouts around your obligations (also including your fun activities) and write them in your calendar, you won't have any excuse for not doing what you planned. Then use your PDA to find the closest well-stocked market and go there. Making life easy for yourself is what it's all about.

When you go to the supermarket, dress to look good! Not only is the market a great place to meet people, but also, if you look good, you'll feel good, and you'll buy food that's good for you. You don't have to wear six-inch platform stilettos; just no baggy sweats or anything that looks like you slept in it the night before. Clean skinny jeans or a neat pair of yoga pants and a fresh white tank or tee shirt can be totally hot and totally appropriate.

Kelly's Cardinal Rule

Give HOT! your all!

What's on your social calendar? Are you doing things you love? If not, you should be. If you do things that bore you, you won't have any reason to be HOT, and ...

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I luckily didn't buy this book.
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Did people not see this crazy person on Real Housewives of NYC?
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M.E. WASZAK on August 27, 2012
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Did people not see this crazy person on Real Housewives of NYC? She carried a bag of jelly beans around with her wherever she went and then mixed this high sugar diet with alcohol--and whatever other chemical cocktail may or may not have been going on with her. She acted like a complete lunatic every episode. That is NOT good nutrition in action. How can anyone take diet advice from her? Is the publisher kidding?
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By DeeAnn on May 5, 2012
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This book is the result of a ghost writer and it is obvious that the author is trying to copy Bethenny Frankel and cash in on her success. It is very pathetic and reeks of desperation. She has no formal training as a dietician or personal trainer (that is where the ghost writers come in). The recipes were solicited by Bensimon from fans via twitter and facebook. I have read that there is little to no turn out at her book signings and that in itself speaks volumes! Better luck next time Kelly, perhaps another picture book about the origin of bathing suits.
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49 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Boston1 on April 28, 2012
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is this woman truly an author? it was like reading a fifth grade paper. also, i googled pictures of her and she does not look healthy for her age. her skin is bad and she's not in great shape for someone telling others how to be healthy. there is a hugh diffrence in being hot and being & living healthy & being fit. the book was a waste of my time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole D. Sollman on March 18, 2013
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I luckily didn't buy this book. I had time at the airport while looking for a new book to read this. I found the part on sugar kind of strange given she had been on t.v. having a breakdown and eating a bag of jelly beans! There is a reason it didn't make it on the best seller list. Terrible use of trees!
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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Roberts on June 4, 2012
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First, this book is a rip-off of countless other books that offer advice about dieting, healthy eating tips and changing one's lifestyle. One that comes to mind immediately is Bethenny Frankel's first book. But Kelly Bensimon, is, as usual, a day late and a dollar short. Or maybe lets make that ten or a hundred bucks short. Whatever the number, this book comes up short.

To successfully market a book such as this, the author simply has to have credibility. This author has zero credibility, as she portrayed herself to be a childish, erratic, unpredictable, and out of touch lunatic who displayed contradictory and dangerous health and diet tips. One on episode, we see Ms. Bensimon running in traffic in New York City. I have lived in New York--there are a multitude of parks, as well as gyms in which she could safely practice that form of exercise. Then there's the jelly beans! Which she stuffs in her face, all the while proclaiming that she only eats natural foods. Please! Who could possibly take health and diet advice from such a fool?

I suppose this is her last ditch effort--her last pathetic grasp on that fleeting 15 minutes. Forget it, Ms. Bensimon! Let it go! Your 15 minutes have come and (thankfully) have gone!
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By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2014
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I honestly didn't know who kelly Bensimon is before I picked up this book. I saw this catchy title at the Dollar Tree and I thought I'd give it a try. I'm really happy I did. It's such a fun read, I'm surprised that it was being sold for $1! I'm going to go back to the store to see if there are any more copies so I can give them to my family.

I like this book because Kelly touches on many different subjects in what she believes defines being HOT. She talks about work/life balance, learning to love yourself instead of overly criticizing oneself, making changes for a healthier lifestyle and not just diet, dressing for success and more. She also keeps it real and relatable by sharing her own experiences, flat out tells you she's no expert but is sharing what works for her, doesn't try to over explain or attempt to use complicated words to sound smart. Reading this book is like getting advice from your girlfriend. Plus, the other half of the book is all her fave recipes!

I know a lot of people have said it's a lot of common sense stuff. It's true but common sense isn't common. For instance, it's common knowledge for the French not to believe in snacking in between meals, but I had no idea that's how it is culturally there. But now I know because of this book and why Kelly is for it too. Also, sometimes it takes hearing the message from a different messenger for one to listen without judgement. There's still a lot of good information anyone can glean from this.

I say give this book a try. Read it for what it is and look for the health info that you seek, not because you hate this woman and want more reasons to hate.

I still haven't seen any of the Real Housewives shows, btw. And who knows, maybe I'll dislike her after the show too from what people supposedly say, but I still like the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skychirp on November 20, 2014
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I am a big fan of the Real Housewives shows. Her recipes are pretty good and easy. Recipes are about half the book.

I wish I had enough time in the day to exercise and prepare healthy meals.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SuzieQinSeattle on April 29, 2013
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Okay, I am a well educated woman in her 40s, and I have to say that this is probably the worst book I have ever (half) read. This "author" does nothing more than spend over 200 pages name-dropping, giving obvious health advice, and repeating over and over about how she attended Columbia University (I got it after the first 5 times). I could barely get through half of it before it went in my thrift store box. I think the publisher was hoping to cash in on her celebrity status knowing full well that this woman knew nothing about writing a book.
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