'Jersey Shore' Star Snooki’s Secret Diet Weapon: Cookies!
Since Jersey Shore made a huge splash on MTV, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has gained instant fame and a legion of fans that have embraced her signature pouf as much as her feisty personality. But the one thing that’s changed in her life which Snooki isn’t happy about? She’s packed on a few pounds. “When I was at the shore I didn’t eat the right things, I drank a lot,” Snooki told PEOPLE at the Shrine Lounge and Nightclub at the MGM Grand Foxwoods. “I was definitely out of shape.” Now focused on “getting in shape again” and dropping one dress size, the spunky 4’9″ star has started on the Cookie Diet—a weight loss program that consists of eating six cookies a day made with natural hunger-suppressing ingredients such as oats and a healthy dinner. “Instead of having steak for meals, I just have a salad,” says Snooki, 22, who also goes to a cheerleading gym and hits the treadmill several times a week. And for those nights she still wants to go out and have a good time? “If you want to go out,” Snooki suggests, “just drink a light drink.” (Her personal fave: The bubble gum cocktail) Despite her new focus on her figure, the Marlboro, N.Y. native is determined to remain healthy in Hollywood. “I know I’m in the limelight but I’m not going to be one of those girls who is a stick like everyone else,” says Snooki, who recently revealed she suffered from an eating disorder in high school. “I’m not copying anybody else. I’m just being myself and I’m happy.” –reporting by Diane Herbst