"I got skinny on fat," claims Suzanne Somers. It sounds too good to be true--a weight-loss program that lets you "eat incredible, rich foods in abundant portions while the unwanted pounds effortlessly melt away." Most nutritionists would cringe at the idea that people trying to lose weight don't need to restrict their dietary fat, but Suzanne Somers and her "Somercizers" insist it works. Fat (even saturated fat) isn't the enemy, she claims--it's "products loaded with sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils, and chemicals and preservatives that replace real fats
." Get Skinny on Fabulous Food
follows Somers's Eat Great, Lose Weight
with a recap of the Somersize program, which involves eliminating "funky foods" like sugar and starch and using a type of food combining. Also included are grateful letters from followers of the program, menu suggestions, and 150 new recipes. Recipes include such fat-filled dishes as Leslie's Mushroom Broccoli and Egg Cupcakes (with butter, oil, Swiss cheese, and nine large eggs), Beef Stroganoff (with butter, oil, and two cups of heavy cream), Ginger Creme Brûlée (with butter, heavy cream, nine large egg yolks, and even the enemy: sugar), Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake (with cream cheese, eggs, chocolate, sour cream, and--yup--sugar). No calorie counts or nutritional breakdowns are included. --Joan Price
From Library Journal
In this sequel to her Eat Great, Lose Weight (LJ 12/96), television actress Somers modifies her previous approach to include fats, admitting that, in moderate amounts, they are necessary for good health. She is still adamant about sugar and still posits that the proper food combinations can enhance the foods' nutritive values. She rightly points out that "fat free" does not mean that foods aren't fattening. Sugar is still a prime contributor to obesity, and Somers also blames white flour and other so-called "funky" foods. Her basic ideaAthat some fats are necessaryAis sound, and though the rest of her theory is rather shaky, half the book is devoted to fabulous recipes. Unlike most diet recipes, these include olive oil, butter, and sour cream. Skip the pseudo-science and go directly to the good stuff. Bon appetit!ASusan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
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