WHY WEIGHT? Now is the time to save yourself the bother of having to shed holiday pounds, notes Hungry Girl – that’s Lisa Lillien, who gives sane and stress-free tips and tricks for healthy eating to some 1.2 million email subscribers, readers of her six books, and viewers used to seeing her on “Dr. Oz” and other programs.
“Just try not to have a string of too many bad days in a row. It’s okay to overindulge on Thanksgiving, but the next three weeks don’t have to be all about food. It’s not uncommon for people to gain five to ten pounds over the holidays,” she points out.
Lillien also has some light calorie holiday recipes to “sneak in there” during the season of gladness, and points out at upping one’s exercise time is a big help this time of year. “If you eat more, move more.” Also, she advocates learning to steer clear of your own personal excessive eating triggers. “For some, that’s sweets. For me, it’s very carby foods.”
An executive at Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon before she became a weight management guru, Lillien is married to prolific producer Dan Schneider, whose credits include youth-centric hits as “The Amanda Show,” “Drake & Josh,” “iCarly” and “Victorious.” Some of the talent on those shows became Hungry Girl followers, “probably at first because I’m Dan’s wife,” acknowledges Lillien – but eventually, because they liked her advice. Lillien has a following among college students, and hopes her common sense approach filters down to even younger people. “You have to be very careful about how you approach children, but it’s never too early to learn about healthy eating.”
Lillien, whose most recent book is HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX! The Ultimate Guilt-Free Cookbook (St. Martin’s Griffin), has a hectic January schedule of book signings and media appearances ahead – the post-New Year’s period always being a hot time for advice on getting in shape. “The minute January rolls around people want to make those changes. They tend to be a little extreme with their resolutions. My best advice in January is to not be so critical of themselves.”