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The Perricone Diet

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The Promise

It's a win-win. With this diet, you get to lose weight and have great-looking skin. What's not to love?

In The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet, author Nicholas Perricone, MD, says eating anti-inflammatory foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will help you lose pounds and keep your skin looking younger.

Does It Work?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As for the scale, that comes down to how many calories you take in and how many you burn off.

Going for the types of foods that Perricone recommends is good for you, but to lose weight, you'll probably also need to be more active and limit your portion sizes and calories.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

You'll be eating lots of fish and fish oil supplements to get the omega-3 fatty acids.

You also will eat salmon and lots of fruits and vegetables, like apples, pears, spinach, kale, cauliflower, avocados, and chili peppers; flaxseeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and walnuts; beans and lentils; low-fat dairy; and buckwheat and oats.

On this plan, fish is the protein of choice because it's high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can also have chicken and red meat (preferably organic).

Perricone considers any food made with flour, sugar, or other sweetener inflammatory. As a result, the do-not-eat list is long. It includes breads, cereals, crackers, fried foods, fruit juice, jelly, pasta, pizza, potatoes, rice, snack foods (pretzels and chips), soda, tortillas, tacos, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbets.

Each meal or snack should include a protein (always eaten first to suppress appetite), a carb that's not on the don't-eat list, and essential fatty acids. You can have up to 2 ounces of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate a day.

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