The Manhattan Diet, a new book by Eileen Daspin, uncovers the secrets behind the slim figures of women in the Big Apple. Daspin draws on the regiments used by her skinniest friends, revealing that the key to being thin isn’t starving yourself, but rather eating quality food and the occasional treat.
Daspin offers a variety of feel-full tricks, like adding milk to green tea and diluting alcoholic drinks with ice, water, or seltzer, and urges women to eat what their bodies crave.
“Eat what your body craves, whenever it craves it, and if that means ground beef and peas at 7:30 a.m. or granola at 10 p.m., so be it,” Daspin told the New York Post.
Top tips of the Manhattan diet, according to Daspin, include:
- Walk like a maniac
- Cook at home
- Leave something on your plate
- Indulge your sweet tooth
- Don’t go hungry or deprive yourself; Eat what your body craves
- Drink lots of water
- Eat whole foods
- Avoid foods with the word “diet” in them
- Have fun with your exercise
- Keep trigger foods like peanut butter out of reach
- Keep sauces to a minimum
- Never eat while in motion
Key foods include Greek yogurt, almonds, Mar tuna, no-butter butter spray, boiled egg whites, beans, agave, dried fruit and nuts, frozen grapes, and oatmeal. The book also includes recipes by Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, and Mario Batali.
The diet seems much less extreme than other get fit solutions out there — after all, how bad can a diet be that allows you to snack on sweets each day?