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  • Celebrity Chef/ television personality Rocco DiSpirito has just dropped some major pounds, leading to a total transformation. He’s sharing the secrets of his success in his new book, The Pound a Day Diet, saying that eating better, not plastic surgery is the reason why he looks so good.

    At one point, 47-year-old Rocco DiSpirito weighed 225 pounds, too much even for his large 6′ 1″ frame. He attributes his former heft to eating as many as ten entrees during tasting sessions and drinking too much alcohol. So the chef decided to become a weight loss guru and came up with a restrictive calorie plan of only 850 during weekdays and 1,200 at weekends.

    After about a month he switched to a Mediterranean-style diet, filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and ‘good’ fats to promote a healthy heart. He’s now sharing the plan in his new diet book The Pound a Day Diet.

    His newly svelte physique looks so much better than his former chubby self, that some people think that he’s been spending time under the knife—not running marathons.

    “Everyone thinks I look younger,” he exclaimed. “Some people think I had plastic surgery, which I take as a compliment.”

    To celebrate his new look, Rocco may have taken it a step further and opted for a chemical peel or Botox to reduce some wrinkles as he promotes the new diet plan.

    By drastically reducing his calorie intake and exercising twice a day, Rocco managed to drop 10 pounds right off the bat. Energized by his success, he dropped another 30 in the next few years.

    Now, he has managed to maintain his weight, ultimately losing 41 pounds in total and feeling much healthier, in addition to lowering his cholesterol and reducing his risk of heart disease. As an added bonus, he shares that his sex life has improved as well.

    He told TV host Piers Morgan last month: “If I can do it, anyone can do it . . . I am surrounded by the most delicious food available on the planet every day of my life.”

    “My sex wasn’t as good as it should be. I went to the doctors and he was like, “Well you’re about 40lbs overweight”‘.

    Despite his enthusiasm over his more youthful look and healthier outlook on life, his plan has drawn criticism from the nutrition community.

    Keri Gans, who reviewed the eating manual for Shape magazine wrote: “The title of this book alone bothers me. No one – I repeat, no one – should be looking to lose a pound a day.”

    “First off, it isn’t healthy. Let’s be honest, 850 calories is way, way too few. Even 1,200 calories is low for the average women who is engaging in any sort of moderate-intensity excercise. Sure you will lose weight, but at what cost mentally and physically?”

    “Research shows that rapid weight loss (anything more than one to two pounds per week) may lead to gallstones, dehydration, malnutrition, and electrolyte imbalances.”

    “Other possible side effects include headaches, irritability, fatigue, dizziness, constipation, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, and muscle loss.”

    For many that are significantly overweight, weight loss plastic surgery proves to be a good option.