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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Revised edition edition (26 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264261
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THAT ROCKED THE DIETING INDUSTRY, NOW REWRITTEN FOR THE 21st CENTURY

From the Inside Flap

Have you ever been on a diet? Then you are likely to know that as a rule, after a while all the weight you have reduced goes back on again. This book tells you why.

Are there people in your life who want to be slim? Then you will want to give them the best advice on their weight and their health. This book tells you how.

Are you concerned about the massive rise of obesity including in children? Then you will be wondering why, and what to do. This book gives you the answers.

The message of this book is in its title. Dieting makes you fat. Dieting, supposed to be the solution to overweight and obesity, is in fact part of the problem.

If you want to get rid of body fat, get in good shape and improve your health for ever, about the worst thing you can do is restrict energy from food and drink.

Geoffrey Cannon is co-author of the first version of this book, which was an international bestseller. This version has been totally rewritten for the 21st century, including Your Seven Golden Rules to improve your health, to enhance your wellbeing, and to reduce your body

weight and fat.

This explosive and liberating book is for you as a citizen as well as a consumer, part of a society that respects the makers of food and the living and natural world.

Dieting Makes You Fat will revolutionise thinking and action on overweight, obesity, diet, health and wellbeing. Now you are part of that change. Read on


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doctor K on 15 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a re-visit of his classic bestseller, I think this book still provides a very articulate argument regarding the perils of dieting.
The author is justifiably proud of his contribution to the public's understanding of weight loss and dieting, but it's not clear what this new edition provides.

The "7 Golden Rules" are the big new addition to this version. But after spending the good part of a chapter, making fun of diet books, their catchy titles and their "branded" regimes, it seems a little hypocritical for the author to then jump on the bandwagon himself. Furthermore the "7 Golden Rules" are not particularly exciting or useful. Is "drink plenty of water", "be active" and "eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits" really a revelation?

Given that this book was such a ground breaker in its day, it is disappointing that two decades later, the author has not moved on from a very narrow physical view of eating and weight. If there is one thing that we now acknowledge more than ever, it is that the physical aspect of eating is only the tip of the iceberg. Most of our eating and weight gain is determined by our thoughts and our habits. In other words, our psychology. And yet this book pays scant attention to the psychological factors related to eating. This is a significant oversight that seriously undermines the usefulness of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Jim on 20 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to say this is one of the most mind-numbingly boring books I have ever read.I had read the author's book "Fat to Fit" earlier this year and was very impressed with a lot of the advice given.I decided to purchase "Dieting Makes You Fat" on the strength of that book. Big mistake. Whereas "Fat to Fit" is readable and filled with interesting facts "Dieting Makes You Fat" is overblown,long winded and in places totally incomprehensible.I don't know what audience he is aiming for but it certainly isn't the ordinary man in the street.One example; when in London he frequents Nani's of Wigmore Street for lunch and in the evenings he often goes to a restaurant in the" world food" chain Giraffe.
Save your money on this book, buy "Fat to Fit". Better still,do the following;1)Walk for 40 minutes 5 days a week,2)Eat less bread, 3)Look at food labels carefully and avoid foods with high sugar, fat or salt content,3)Cut right down on sweets,pastries and takeaway foods,4)Cut down on alcohol,5)DON'T BUY ANY DIETING BOOKS.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vicky1982 on 5 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ok, so I was fooled... I thought this book would answer my 'fat' prayers... it didn't. It was very informative and did show how the diet industry manipulates facts to sell their products. However as we all (really) know at heart... the only way to lose and maintain weightloss is to eat less biscuits, cakes, chocolate and fast food AND increase the amount of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains eaten. But more importantly get plenty of excercise!
Anyway, I read the first part of the book and was really looking forward to the 'golden rules' that would change my life... Well to say I felt conned would sound extreme BUT I was annoyed as the 'golden rules' are basically the basis of 80% of the diets Cannon deems make you fat e.g drink 2 litres of water, eat mainly vegetables and fruits, eat only wholegrain carbs and take time to eat. He also recommends fasting... and the key to his whole programme is EXCERCISE!
So if you want to lose weight don't buy this book, wait until you are really ready to change your life and excercise habits. There is no quick fix to weight loss and I'll admit I was a fool to think this book would change my life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abiding in the fields on 31 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book in the early 80s and then found it an excellent aid to losing weight and getting fit. I adapted Geoffrey Cannon's ideas to suit my circumstances. When I started I was a very fat & unfit student and then a trainee. But I had plenty of time to take loads of exercise. I started gradually with 10 minute walks. Within a few months I was regularly walking 30+ miles and I enjoyed running as well. I ate healthily and largely kept off sweets, chocolate and fatty foods. I lost about 5st.I kept it off for 5yrs. Then I qualified and got company car and gave up walking.
In short its great so long as you keep exercising.

J
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