Do you want to have great abs and be able to eat carbs? Celebrity nutritionist, Christine Avanti, tells us how. Christine is a nutritionist, healthy weight loss specialist and author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads. Her clients include Jeremy Piven, Samantha Harris, and even George Foreman!
MindBodyGreen: You gained 30lbs on a month-long binge and then took all the weight off. Please tell us more about what led to the weight gain, and how you took it off?
Christine Avanti: In my late 20's, my grandfather Luigi, who raised me, became sick and eventually passed. I was devastated and I started mindlessly eating everything in sight like a zombie. I ate entire cakes in a single sitting, I ate an entire loaf of French toast one time, I often had entire days in which I ate ice cream morning noon and night. I never felt full -- it was such a deeply emotional time and food was my only medication.
Then I suddenly realized I had to do something. Prior to that time I was an aerobics instructor, personal trainer and fitness magazine cover model so I figured it would be easy. It definitely was not. Fat goes on very easily and clings very stubbornly as I found out. I tried so many diets and diet pills I was like a Guinea pig. At best, each diet would result in maybe 7 or 8 pounds lost before I would cave in and binge. This would reverse the weight loss.
Finally, I met a nutritionist who taught me about stabilizing blood sugar levels. The key was eating carbs, which I had been SURE I had to avoid to lose weight. I was incredibly skeptical and I think I even gained a few pounds in the first few days...but by the end of the week it was working. That was the light coming on for me and I decided right then to become a nutritionist and share this information (about food, the endocrine system and weight loss) with the world.