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Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads: Stop Starving, Start Eating...And Losing! Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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About the Author

CHRISTINE AVANTI is a clinical and sports nutritionist certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Intrafitt, and a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. She has appeared on Rachael Ray, E! News, the Style Network, Lifetime, Fox & Friends, as well as in magazines such as InStyle, Self, Fitness Magazine, and US Weekly. Christine can be heard weekly on the Air 1 national radio. She lives and practices in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605299979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299976
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Avanti is a former swimsuit model, a published weight loss author and a "celebrity" nutritionist who spends almost as much time on TV as many of her celebrity clients. She is a passionate proponent of the transformative power of healthy food.

In her early 20's she was an aerobics instructor and a magazine cover model - a "fitness queen" on top of the world. But in her late 20's, she suffered the loss of her beloved Grandpa Luigi - her father figure. It was a devastating blow. She became depressed and began eating everything in sight. On some days she ate nothing but ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She once baked, frosted and ate an entire German chocolate cake in a single sitting. In 6 short weeks she gained 30 pounds, obliterating her modeling career along with her social life. It was a lonely, humiliating time in her life.

Then she decided to lose the weight. But it wasn't easy. She tried an endless stream of diets, all eventually ending in failure. It was maddening. With all her fitness knowledge she couldn't lose the weight.

Somehow Christine stumbled upon the information that would change her life. She met a nutritionist who taught her to stop dieting and eat more. It was counter-intuitive, but it worked! She KNEW right then that it was her mission to share this with the world.

And that is EXACTLY what she has done. Christine has counseled over 1000 one-on-one clients who have collectively lost over 10,000 pounds.

In 2009, Christine published her first book, Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads with the world's leading health & wellness publisher, Rodale. Christine has appeared as a guest nutrition expert on the Today Show, Dancing With The Stars, Rachael Ray, Tyra, Good Morning America and dozens of other TV shows. She can be heard weekly on KLOVE radio and her comments can be found in magazines such as US Weekly, Health, Fitness, and InStyle. Three times she has had her material promoted on the Yahoo! front page. (see christineavanti.com/tvmedia.php for the complete list).

Some of Christine's celebrity clients: Jeremy Piven, Jason Statham, Johnny Galecki, Chelsea Handler, Samantha Harris, Giuliana Rancic, Rich Sommer, Janine Turner, Marcus Allen, Steven Seagal, supermodel Stacy Williams, and many more.

Christine holds a nutrition certification from The American Academy of Nutrition. She also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Comprehensive Nutrition from Huntington College of Health Sciences. She's a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Her office is located in Century City (Los Angeles), CA.

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Mom-bo on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The nutritional advice in this book is very sound. Maintaining blood sugar throughout the day is key to curbing cravings and mood swings. Being able to "indulge" in good carbs is a blessing in itself! However, beware that those 4-5 recommeded "meals" per day can be no more than 400 calories each, and always a near exact PC combo. While the eating plan in this book claims not to be a "diet," but a way of life instead, I find eating fat-free dairy products, egg whites, and plain yogurt pretty much "diet" fare. Also be prepared to exercise 45-60 minutes per day, too, on Christine's plan. I do appreciate the PC combo ideas and recipes in this book though - so far they've been tasty and satiating. Still, after a week of sticking with this plan, I've not lost an ounce of weight.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Bauman on April 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
What attracted me to this book was that when I read the back cover, it sounded like it wasn't going to tout a gimmicky diet plan, but was going to give me what I wanted: the truth about nutrition and common sense guidance that would help me overcome the bad eating habits I have--the main one being my sugar addiction. I'm happy to report that it delivered all of that and more!

One of the great things about the book is that it's full of up-to-date, well-researched information that completely clears up all of my confusion about carbs, fat, protein, sugar, etc. Finally, after reading it, I feel like I know what's fact and what's fiction. Plus, the advice in the book that I was the most hopeful about--what I needed to do to kick my sugar addiction--totally works! After putting the advice into practice, for the first time in years, I am not jonesing for sugar--I am a sugaraholic, so this is a huge deal. For me, overcoming my sugar cravings is half the battle!

For a variety of reasons, I am now more serious than ever about making changes to achieve the weight, fitness and health levels that are right for me. This book has made me feel like I have all of the information, not to mention the motivation, to be successful. On top of giving me confidence that I can finally kick my sugar addiction, the book has waylaid another fear of mine--that I was going to have to go hungry and deprive myself in order to achieve my goals. The book showed me that I can eat AND lose weight and get fit! Again, I don't want to give too much away, but it's true what the title says, losing weight and becoming healthy isn't about starving, it's about eating.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By dsv on April 22, 2009
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Avanti offers sound nutritional advice and commonsense ideas for changing the way you eat. This is the only "diet" book you need. She explains the insulin/blood sugar connection in easy to understand terms. She uses a "PC combo" meal plan (complex carbs and protein at every meal) and insists that we eat 4 to 5 times a day. Advice on supplements and recipes are also included. A nice section on basic strength and cardio training exercises is also clearly written and easy to understand with a section on beginner muscle toning at home.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Ewing on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The information in this book has literally changed my life... After trying unsuccessfully to lose any weight for three years, and not understanding why, Christine has unlocked the mystery. Christine explains how our body reacts to the food that we eat, unlocking the puzzle for me, once and for all. I have lost eleven lbs in three weeks. My glucose and liver enzyme levels have come down significantly. I have energy like I did when I was many years younger (my age is 66). For the first time in four years, I greet the morning with energy, rather than dragging myself out of bed. Energy, weight loss, and NEVER hungry, not ever, what more could one want. With the knowledge that Christine shares in Skinny Chicks Don`t Eat Salad, you have an easy to follow nutritional plan for a lifetime. I will never have to fight the scale, ever again. Thank you Christine for writing this book!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chickadee on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm giving this book 3 stars because it is really well written and convincing, and it sounds like excellent and sensible advice for everyone. It really seems to make sense and I could not wait to try the plan. Well, I followed the nutritional plan to a "T", and I was absolutely starving all day long. I even tried upping the portion sizes (proportional amounts of proteins, carbs and healthy fats of course), but it just did not work for me. I'd have breakfast, and be ravenous 1 hour later. It did not hold me over 3-4 hours like it was supposed to. Neither did lunch, dinner, or the snack. Obviously though, this plan works Christine's clients, so I'd say it is worth a try.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By zurfloo on May 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I cannot recommend this book enough! If you want to feel great, have lots of energy, clarity and focus, lose body fat, lose excess weight and finally make eating a life-style instead of another dreaded "diet" - this is the book for you!!! I had the amazing opportunity to work one-on-one with Ms. Avanti as one of her nutrition clients and it literally changed the way I looked at food and the way I was eating.

I was a long-time sufferer of very frequent headaches and although in pretty good shape, I wanted to drop some body fat. My very first meeting with Christine was so eye-opening that I still remember it to this day. She explained to me that my headaches were caused by my erratic blood sugar levels throughout the day - spiking when I ate only carbs at a sitting (with no protein or fat) and plunging after waiting too long to eat again.

I followed the program (which very quickly becomes a very easy way of life) and in no time, my headaches ceased, I lost excess weight and body fat and felt amazing!

It's so simple - if you want to loose excess weight, feel great and have tons more energy - just buy this book. You will not be disappointed!!!
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