Celebrity Chefs Share Their Weight-Loss Secrets

Smart ways to stay svelte and satisfied in the kitchen (9 Photos)

Sara Reistad-Long on Mar 17, 2011 at 1:20PM

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Celebrity Chefs Share Their Weight-Loss Secrets

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Stay-Slim Secret: Fill Up on Fiber-dense Staples

From: Lisa Lillien, chef and author of Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World and star of the Cooking Channel’s show, Hungry Girl

“Everyone desires huge portions these days -- and there’s actually a way to do it with healthy food,” explains Lillien. “My secret: Add some broccoli cole slaw (this shredded broccoli mix is available in most major grocery stores) and tofu shirataki noodles to your favorite dishes. On any given day and at any given meal you can find me adding a slew of one of these. They’re awesome.” Not only is broccoli low calorie (a mere 3 ounce serving of raw, uncooked slaw is only 25 calories), it’s also incredibly nutrient-dense. That's important, since some scientists are now arguing that we tend to overeat because we’re not getting enough key vitamins and minerals, making our bodies crave more. As for tofu shirataki, it’s low in calories (about 20 to a 4-ounce serving); but, more importantly, because the noodles are made from a mix of tofu and yam flour, a serving clocks in at only 3 grams of carbs. “You can cook with it like pasta, only konnyaku yam flour is very low in calories but is fiber-dense so it is known to fill you up,” she explains. Your typical cup of plain pasta? Close to 200 calories and more than 30 grams of carbs.

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