The Dieting Rule Giada De Laurentiis Lives By

Giada de Laurentiis has made a name for herself in the food world as a charming, if a little eccentric, Italian home cook. She's often brought on as a guest host or judge on shows like Food Network Star, in addition to being the host for many cooking shows of her own. And some may even argue that her true claim to fame is her unique way of pronouncing common Italian words, despite, as Delish points out, being born in Italy. Spoon University even curated a collection of her worst pronounced dishes, from spaghetti to prosciutto. 

But despite the jokes, there is no denying she's got some knowledge when it comes to food and cooking, plus, she's recently turned an eye to the way our gut health affects our overall health, with her new book Eat Better, Feel Better. So it stands to reason that someone like De Laurentiis may have some golden advice for the average eater, no? Here's the rule Giada De Laurentiis says helps her keep her diet in check, beyond her chosen cleanse, of course.

The name of the game: balance

Giada De Laurentiis doesn't believe in dieting or deprivation by any means. Instead, the chef credits her eating style and healthy lifestyle to balance. CheatSheet found that her food philosophy is easy: "Eat a little of everything, but not a lot of anything." If you think about it, it kind of makes sense. Various sources, from NBC News to Cleveland Clinic, have waxed poetic about the benefits of having small meals throughout the day, and this system seems to run on the same thought process. Big meals can lead to overstuffing or indulging, but if you have little bits of various things, like you would at a tapas restaurant, you enjoy the benefits of a wide range of flavors and textures, don't have to say no to something you may actually be craving, and don't eat too much of something that may not be the healthiest option for you.

This seems like a great solution for those who are trying to refine the way they eat and find a balance. And while it may not work for everyone, especially at first, it definitely seems worth giving it a shot!