In this Oct. 11, 2012 photo, “Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien poses in her office in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. She never set out to become a controverisal food maven, telling people how to eat their cake and keep their weight down too. Lillien was just another LA “Hungry Girl,” a 30-something woman who would diet off that extra 20 pounds and then put the weight back on. That was until the former studio publicist started coming up with low-cal recipes for some of those favored foods and emailing them around to friends. Ten years later, Lillien sits atop a Hungry Girl empire. ( AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — She never set out to become the maven of guilt-free, fun-food dieting, the go-to girl for people who want to have their cake — and cheeseburgers and chili fries — and eat them, too, without getting fat.
No, 10 years ago, Lisa Lillien says, she was just another 30-something LA “Hungry Girl.” Someone who needed to drop 15 or 20 pounds and would do so periodically by following an all-liquid diet or a one-meal-a-day diet or whatever other weight-loss regimen was in vogue.
Afterward, she’d return to her beloved jam-slathered bagels and french fries and gain it all back.
“Then one day I just woke up and I said, ‘You know what? That’s not the way to tackle a weight problem,’” says the trim but not skinny Lillien who, presides over a multimillion-dollar empire of Hungry Girl cookbooks, low-calorie Login to read more