Lisa Lillien is the creative genius behind the Hungry Girl diet, and there are currently two recipe books available which are titled, "Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World" and "Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories."
Hungry Girl is unlike any other diet because it's about eating the foods you already eat, but learning how to prepare them in a healthier way. You can continue to eat the foods you love without so many of the extra calories and fat content. That's what makes the Hungry Girl diet promising to those who want to lose weight or just eat healthier in general. Lillien has made it easier for people to follow a real diet that doesn't completely eliminate the foods we actually enjoy.
The Hungry Girl diet has no limitations on what you can eat. You can continue to eat cheeseburgers, mozzarella sticks and even cheesecake because Lillien provides recipes that are lower in fat and calories but still contain the nutrients our bodies need. It's not about settling for all the low-fat or fat-free foods you find in the supermarket. Fat is what makes food taste good, and Lillien shows you how you can eat foods in a healthier way without sacrificing taste.
What to Get Excited About
Lillien is very up front about not being a certified nutritionist or food expert, but you don't have to be one in order to eat healthy. If you can cut the calories from the foods you're eating but still eat the same types of food, you will be consuming fewer calories which in turn helps you lose weight. The best thing about this diet is the fact that you don't need to change much at all, and Hungry Girl gives you the recipes so you can learn how to make meals healthier on your own. The nutrition facts are included with each recipe and you can find all of the foods and ingredients you need at your local grocery store. Each meal includes the equivalent Weight Watchers' Points for those who like to keep track. The Hungry Girl diet also includes meals for vegetarians and snack ideas for work, the movies and road trips.
Things to Consider
Those who don't like to cook may not enjoy following Hungry Girl diet recipes, but it's possible they might find it fun after reading Lisa's recipe books. She's far from boring and can actually turn non-cooks into super chefs. One other thing to consider is that some recipes call for adding artificial sweeteners, and if you decide to omit them the food will likely not taste as good.
If you are somebody who enjoys the freedom of eating what they want, the Hungry Girl diet may be just what you're looking for. How many diets do you know of where you can eat buffalo wings and milk shakes? You can also take a peek at Lisa Lillien's website at Hungry-Girl.com where you can become a free member and receive daily tips on nutrition and how to eat healthy.