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The Marie Antoinette Diet Lets You Eat Cake. Get It?

A new book claims that putting away the pound cake is ok -- as long as you do it at the right time of day

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Last week it was the Werewolf diet and before that it was the Corset diet that had the Internet abuzz. Today, in our post-Super Bowl nacho/pizza/beer/Chips Ahoy food coma, we're learning about the Marie Antoinette diet.

Yes friends, she of "Let them Eat Cake," notoriety (she may have done a couple of other things too) is making news this Monday morning as the posthumous front woman for a new eating plan that lets you -- say it with me -- eat cake.

Hang on though, there's (a little) more to it than that.

In her new book, The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake and Still Lose Weight, author Karen Wheeler, an English fashion writer living in France, examines the eating habits of the stylish and skinny 18th century queen and distills them into routines that can be adapted into modern-day life.

Hate counting calories? Love cake? This diet's for you. Predicated on the principle that when you eat is as important as what you're eating, Wheeler applied concepts the Queen used in her own life when constructing this manifesto of consumption.

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"Marie Antoinette instinctively knew what 21st-century science has shown -- namely, that it is not what you eat, but when you eat it," she writes. "And the more I looked into the Queen's diet, the more I became convinced that it held the key to the so-called 'French paradox -- the question of how the French eat rich, fatty food yet still manage to stay slim and avoid coronary heart disease."

Wheeler says that if you want to chow down on cake, you're best served doing it at breakfast since research indicates that indulging in sweets early in the morning will help reduce your cravings for them later in the day. Also, steering well clear of processed food is imperative, so too, is eating soup.

La soupe (usually a veggie broth with chicken or "guinea fowl" in it) was a favorite of the Queen and Wheeler recommends we partake of it too -- either as dinner or certainly as a part of it.

The biggest faux pas? Fast food. Anything you can drive-thru for is a strict non-non in Wheeler's book. Never mind zat ze French are just as Big Mac happy as we are -- if you want to have your cake, you can't eat Happy Meals too.

Whether or not this fad diet will be successful in helping folks drop excess pounds remains to be seen, but having cake for breakfast, soup for dinner and avoiding processed and fast foods doesn't seem like a terribly tall bill to fill. N'est-ce-pas?

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