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The Nutella Diet

by Joy Bennett

July 24, 2013 | 1:50 am

Photo courtesy Nutella.com

We all have to look our best in Hollywood, and if you tried and tried to loose weight and just can't because of a nasty sweet tooth like me, try my Nutella Diet.  I'm using it and it works to gently melt away those pounds, all while satisfying your cravings for sweets.

Here's the diet:  eat a healthy, well-balanced diet full of a low-fat foods that are high in protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, salads, etc.  Avoid any fatty foods or excessive amounts of bread or high-calorie treats.  Drink plenty of water.  Lemonade or juice is OK in limited amounts.  Avoid diet or regular sodas, they are very bad for you.  You can drink alcohol and coffee in moderation, but I recommend if you do have decaf coffee or tea, much healthier.  Raw nuts, vegetables, fruit, and baked pita chips are all OK for snacking in limited amounts.  You can make this a vegetarian diet if you make sure to include enough high protein sources like soy, etc. 

After lunch and dinner, instead of dessert, have one teaspoon of Nutella if you are craving sweets.  Savor it and let it melt slowly in  your mouth.  Don't have more than one teaspoon, and avoid all other desserts and high calorie treats.  If you can, skip the Nutella, or get by with half a teaspoon, but know it's there if you need it.

After dinner and your Nutella dessert, brush your teeth to discourage late night snacking.  If you are desperate for something to eat or drink before retiring, have a half glass of water.  Those pounds may just melt away like the Nutella we love so much!

There are only approximately 34 calories in each teaspoon of Nutella, not much!  So you know you are doing your very best to lose weight.  Make sure you get some moderate exercise, too, like taking a walk or a Yoga class to help melt those pounds away as well. 

I've also found that those "Nips" Chocolate Parfait hard candies made by Nesle and available at Ralph's, etc. also help satisfy a chocolate or sweet craving.  At only 30 calories each, it really does the trick!

Check with your doctor before starting any new health care diet or regimen, as this is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.  She has also been...

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