Pizza! Pasta! Nachos! Yes, you can eat the food you love and still be healthy. Let Food Network star Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl, show you how.
began dieting when she was 9. "The doctor told my mother, 'No chips, no salty snacks.’ It made me feel terrible."
But after years of battling her weight, Lillien decided she was done. "I wanted to eat cake at my wedding," says Lillien, who is married to TV producer Dan Schneider
, creator of Nickelodeon's hit shows iCarly
. "I needed to make it a lifestyle."
She began by researching the ingredients and calorie counts of her favorite supermarket and restaurant foods, then in 2004 launched an online "Hungry Girl"; newsletter, which has attracted more than a million subscribers.
Today, Lillien's food empire also includes a Food Network show and seven best-selling cookbooks, including the latest, Hungry Girl to the Max!
"I love," Lillien says, "giving people options to satisfy their cravings."
3 Tips From the Hungry Girl
When eating out, "always look up the menu online first," Lillien says. "That way, you can make better choices."
Fight cravings by keeping snacks handy, Lillien says, like protein bars or 100-calorie packs of pistachios.
"You're not going to eat perfectly all the time," says Lillien. Instead, aim for 80 percent healthy, 20 percent fun.
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