08/15/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT
The Diet for Teenagers Only
Carrie Wiatt, nutritionist to A-listbods including Jennifer Aniston
, serves up advice for teenage girls.
IS THIS A DIET BOOK? Yes and no. I have a seven-day lower-calorie eating plan, but most of the book is about smart food choices. Teens are going through the biggest growth spurt of their lives, and they need to know what to eat so they get everything they need.
WHY DO TEENS NEEDS HELP? There aren't any courses in home ec anymore, and families don't eat dinner together now, so kids don't really have role models about eating. Plus, so many parents are on wacky diets that kids aren't sure what to do. Some girls think, "My mom's not eating carbs, so I shouldn't either."
HOW CAN TEENS FIT HEALTHY FOOD INTO THEIR LIVES I offer ways to choose wisely at fast-food places, malls or vending machines: At the mall, pick a baked potato with salsa, not cheese. Portion size is a real problem, so I have cut-outs that show how big a serving should be.
FOR EXAMPLE? One serving of mac and cheese is 1 cup, not the whole box.