Eat with chopsticks and add milk to green tea: The Manhattan Diet reveals how New York women keep their super-slim figures
The island of Manhattan is home to some of the world's best restaurants, countless cupcake shops – and a huge population of model-thin women.
Now, one local has revealed the tricks her slender friends employ to maintain their sample size frames.
Writer Eileen Daspin, who is behind the soon-to-be released book The Manhattan Diet, admits she will 'taste everything but eats almost nothing'.
The city that never eats New book The Manhattan Diet reveals how super-slim New York women seem to indulge yet never gain weight
Among the ways she and her peers do this, she tells the New York Post, is to eat with chopsticks (one takes smaller mouthfuls, and so gets fuller faster), and to shun sauces when eating out.
Instead of filling up on diet snacks, such as Tasti-D-Lite, she advises readers to just 'really enjoy what you eat, but just eat less of it.'
Diet secrets: Writer Eileen Daspin admits she will 'taste everything but eats almost nothing'
'Trigger foods' like peanut butter, are never kept at home, she told the paper. One friend, who runs seven miles a day to maintain her 'killer bod' even pours water over leftovers before she throws them out, so that she is not tempted to eat them.
Ways to feel full while cutting back on calories is key, and one trick Ms Daspin suggests is to add milk to green tea. This, apparently , makes it 'taste like melted green-tea ice cream'.
More familiar ideas include diluting alcoholic drinks with water or ice, and filling up on healthy grains or GG Bran crispbread, which she dubs 'the appetite-control cracker'.
Ms Daspin, herself a U.S. size 10, faces a particular challenge when it comes to staying in shape. Her husband is executive chef Cesare Casella of Upper West Side restaurant Salumeria Rosi.
Her solution is to make sure she only has a taste of the rich food he prepares: 'I use a teaspoon to scoop up a few grains of risotto,' she explains.
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Staying slim in the city: The Manhattan Diet will be published on March 27
Quality of produce is key too – a small amount of a top balsamic vinegar or maple syrup feels far more indulgent than a large quantity of a cheaper alternative, and by rationing servings because it is expensive, one will consume less of it too.
Though many New Yorkers rarely have the kitchen space or inclination to cook, Ms Daspin advises her readers to prepare their own food as much as possible. Preparing three days' worth of roasted vegetables at once, for example, is easy and a good weekday standby.
The book also features recipes by Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Eric Ripert.
One friend who does find herself indulging in the odd Chinese take-out limits her order to rice and string beans – banning all greasy sauces.
She told the author: 'The oil on the string beans is enough to moisturize the rice.'
The Manhattan Diet by Eileen Daspin will be published on March 27 by Wiley