“Extra” host Maria Menounos was once more than 40 pounds overweight, low on energy, and often sick. Desperate for a change, she tried a wide array of diet and exercise fads -- with zero success.

Maria Menounos' Simple Diet and Fitness Tips to Live By!

Like most EveryGirls out there, Maria lacked the time, money, energy, and willpower to get in shape. Determined to overcome those obstacles, Maria spent a year developing a common sense diet, exercise, and lifestyle techniques that transcended traditional nutrition and weight-loss plans. As a result, she lost the extra pounds, regained her energy and health... and saw her career take off.

Now, applying those techniques and bolstered by the wisdom, insight, and secrets of some of the world’s leading health and fitness experts -- as well as the superfit superstars she regularly interviefs -- Maria has created the ultimate, no-time, no-money, no-willpower guide to losing weight, getting fit, and gaining long-term health and success. It’s “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 Lbs. and Kept It Off.”

Menounos offers everything from unconventional workouts to nutritional advice, to her eleven simple diet and fitness rules to live by. Check out her tips below and pick up her book on June 3 for the full list! 

EveryGirl Rule 1: Being Healthy Is More Important Than Being Thin. Maria discusses the pressure we all feel from Hollywood, media, and culture to be thin, thin, thin! The EveryGirl must focus on a healthy lifestyle and choose good fats and carbs like olive oil and whole grains over unhealthy low-calorie crutches like diet soda and energy drinks.                 

EveryGirl Rule 4: Don’t Attempt a 180. How many times have you said, I’m never eating carbs again? Rather than make enormous, drastic changes, Maria’s strategy is to ease out of old habits and into new ones slowly and realistically for maximum staying power.

EveryGirl Rule 8: ABM – Always Be Moving. If you think exercise only comes from multiple-hour workout sessions with your personal trainer, you’re wrong! Maria’s tips to incorporate small, cumulative activity throughout the day help to keep your metabolism up and the weight off.

EveryGirl Rule 10: Make No Comparisons. Pam Anderson has the most amazing body. No wait, Gisele Bünd­chen  has the most amazing body. Actually, Kim Kardashian has the most amazing body. Or is it Kristen Stewart? Natalie Portman? Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez? It's all subjective, which is why it’s not worth comparing ourselves to them or anyone else.

"The EveryGirl's Guide to Diet and Fitness" is now available for pre-order!

Maria is also holding a fun contest! Tweet her a pic of your pre-order slip @mariamenounos with the #EveryGirlsGuide and enter to win a Fit Desk! Click here for more details!

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