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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2008 2:25 am | Updated: 10:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

If this morning you passed up oatmeal for a chocolate-chip muffin the size of a softball, relax. You weren’t blowing your diet. You were eating like a “hot chick.” Wait a minute. Hot chicks eat?

Absolutely, say Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent, authors of “How to Eat Like a Hot Chick,” available now from HarperCollins. And ice cream and gummi worms are on the menu.

The trick, say the real-life friends, is learning to balance reasonable portions of foods you love with foods that are good for you.

“We’re suggesting a balanced diet,” says Vincent, a Los Angeles-based actress who has appeared on the TV shows “CSI” and “Bones.”

“We all know fish, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, fruit and oatmeal are the things you should be eating on a regular basis. We’re saying that when you do that right, you have room for cupcakes and pizza and martinis — the things that you love.”

And hot chicks, apparently, love cocktails and desserts.

“We’re not talking about airbrushed, magazine-cover hot chicks,” says Vincent. “We’re talking about that real woman who will eat a piece of chocolate cake and a beer all by herself and not care, a woman who doesn’t apologize for who she is or what she eats or what size she is.”

Oh, THOSE hot chicks. You mean they’re real?

“A hot chick is no particular size or shape or look,” says Lipper, a writer in New York City. “Being a hot chick is all about attitude. It’s a sexy, confident woman. You already are a hot chick. You may not know it, you may have forgotten it, but you are.”

Learning to pass on foods you’ll likely never miss ­— processed cheese on a sandwich, say — so you can enjoy something you crave later, is part of the pair’s food philosophy, which they lay out in their chatty, sometimes saucy book. (Hot chicks, it seems, freely drop f-bombs and make occasional references to male anatomy.) The 192-page read gives advice on how to allocate calories, what to eat for meals and snacks, how to stock your kitchen, and how to survive dates, parties and restaurants without sabotaging your waistline or a good time.

The duo also advocates the idea that life’s too short to beat yourself up. If you’re spending all your time obsessing over what you put in your mouth, say Lipper and Vincent, you’re missing out — not only on life, but on your own best shot to be smokin’ hot.

“We were two girls in our 20s who were totally insecure. We didn’t feel like we were thin enough, pretty enough or could ever work hard enough,” says Vincent. “We were in a spiral of confusion and trying to be perfect, and we weren’t happy.”

Lipper says the pair ditched being down on themselves by bolstering each other and cutting through what she calls the body image “bs” that many women fall for.

“You say to yourself one day: ‘I’m done wasting my time feeling like (expletive). I’m done beating myself up over eating a cookie. I’m going to flip the switch and start enjoying my life.’ ”

And that, according to the authors, makes you infinitely “hotter” than someone who’s hyper-conscious of every calorie on her plate and curve of her figure.

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