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We're not ashamed to admit it: we love Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi for her body, not her mind. More specifically, we love how the short, zaftig Jersey Shore star shows off her body with the confidence of a Brazilian supermodel. She may not possess the enhanced breasts or tiny waists of some castmates, but Snooki is unashamed to dominate a dance floor, rock a tiny mini-dress or hit on buff guys at bars. If you don't like it, she doesn't care. And that, in a nutshell, is why Snooki's the most likeable person on the MTV series.
At iVillage, we recently gave high marks to Snooki because of the positive example she set in the body confidence department. So we're disappointed (but, sadly, not shocked) to learn that Snooki may actually be deeply insecure about her body and that she reportedly has a history of extreme dieting.
Snooki is the latest celebrity to promote Dr. Siegel's Cookie Diet, which consists of six 90-calorie cookies a day plus a low-calorie dinner. The reality star says she just wants to lose 10 pounds, to reclaim "ripped" cheerleader figure she had in high school. But she also admits that at that age, she "didn't eat" and was dangerously thin. A high school pal confirms Snooki's eating-disordered history to RadarOnline, saying that Snooki "would get hungry, but instead of eating she'd suck on ice cubes for hours to avoid gaining weight." Just ice cubes? Without even a cocktail surrounding them? That doesn't sound like the Snooki we know and love!
The thing about a cookie diet, or any other kind of severe food-limiting diet, is that it's unsustainable. Even if it works, you're going to tire of cookies eventually, and your body can't function properly without real nutrients (the kind from fruits and vegetables, not pills). A healthier bet for Snooki would be to cut back on booze -- which she does confess she's trying to do. But we wish she could do it without the self-loathing of somebody who wants to look like she did in high school. (Let's be honest: part of growing up is accepting that you will never again look like you did in high school!)
Not too long ago, when asked about her weight gain on the show, Snooki said, "I'm just a normal person, not a model. We all have our flaws. We work within them to look our best." That's the reality-TV spirit, Snooki! Now -- more of that, please, and less crazy dieting.
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