Three weeks ago, having been invited onto a radio interview, a caller (college student) asked about a crash diet. Desperately, she wanted to look attractive in a bathing suit on spring break, which happened to be two months away at the time. Determination is a strong motivator, and I told her to figure out her “regular” diet day calories by multiplying her present weight times seven. In her case, 150 X 7 = 1050. The GOLD STANDARD OF THIN diet is (three 250 calorie meals and two 150 snacks) totals 1000 calories. Almost everyone including me (post menopausal) loses 2 to 3 pounds a week. The caller was a college student, and with her higher metabolism, would drop 24 pounds, 3 pounds per week after 8 weeks. I gave her a tip from my co-author daughter Janice– make breakfast and lunch a shake with a piece of fruit. It’s easy and economical to make a shake in your dorm room. A $6 can of Slim-Fast will get you through breakfast and lunch for a week. Carnation instant breakfast has a no-sugar-added 12-serving canister for around $7, and Walmart has their Equate brand ready-to-drink shakes at $.77 a piece. If you have a blender, add ice with the nonfat milk and powder to make a thicker shake. Caller– if you are visiting here, please let us know how you are doing!