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FAT to Fantastic: An Inspirational Diary of Middle Aged Weight Loss (over 10 Stone!), Based on Healthy Eating, Regular Exercise and Masses of Drive and Determination Paperback – 11 Jan 2012


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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Brook House Press (11 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095617552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956175526
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Denise is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society and a double award winning career coach with AMAZING PEOPLE. With a MBA and a continual thirst for gaining new knowledge Denise is creative and energetic in approach and inspires others both working one to one with clients and through her writing. Denise has written 7 books including the best selling 'Now you've been shortlisted', and also 10 eBooks including 'How To Use LinkedIn to Find a New Job', now in it's 23rd edition - only available from her website.

Denise is a regular contributor to The Guardian Career Forums, featured in the national press (incl. The Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Express, The Sun), BBC and local Radio and a range of magazines including Glamour, Esquire and Top Santé.

Her many achievements include being the youngest ever personal counsellor employed by Royal Mail. Highly motivated Denise has used the power of psychology to help with her biggest challenge to lose over 10½ stone in weight. Her story is told in her memoir 'FAT to Fantastic'.

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From the Author

Hi, I'm Denise Taylor

I thought I would die fat - through my 30s and 40s I've been fat, pretending I don't mind and looking for the quick fix. So many times I would start a diet and then give up, many times because I didn't see a dramatic drop on the scales.

Too many weight loss books are written by people who don't know what it's like to be very fat, and have people glare as you take up more than your share of a seat on a bus.
This is more than my detailed diary, as I turned it into this book I've made sure I explain why I ate what I did and challenged myths through over 170 call out boxes with details on key facts such as alcohol, consistency, eating clean, fish oil, setbacks and sleep. I've also included motivational tips and quotes.

I've learnt how to deal with cravings and to eat real food at regular intervals. I have never starved myself and people are amazed by how much I lose when I eat so much. It is eating the right food which is important, not all calories are the same - chocolate bar or omelette, same calories, different amounts of nutrients?

As I reach the end of the book I've achieved my goal of losing 150 pounds, but this is not the end, I have new goals and challenges and you can follow my journey via my website and Facebook page.

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FAT to Fantastic

We face many challenges in life. We struggle the most with the challenge of simply overcoming ourselves - believing that we can climb the mountain, pass the exam or lose the excess weight. It takes perseverance, patience and determination to lose over 10 stone in weight, to keep your eye on the finish line and keep going, no matter what comes your way...

This is my story: the story of a middle aged woman who lost nearly half her body weight. No gimmicks, just sensible eating, serious commitment to exercise and a constant belief that I would succeed. It wasn't easy...but I stayed true to my plan and it paid off. I dealt with setbacks but I never lost sight of my goal. I could have decided what I had done was 'good enough' but instead I went even further. My story is real and inspirational.

'As a psychologist Denise is able to offer a unique view on the world of weight loss, with high levels of determination she used psychological techniques to help reach her goal.' Helen Lewis

'Denise you are an inspiration. Your honest account of the highs and lows of the weight loss journey is both heartfelt and helpful. You've motivated me and I am now lighter than I've been for 20 years! Thank you.' Clare Coyle


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caron W on 21 May 2012
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I have not written a review before but felt I had to make some comment about this fab book. I was looking forward to receiving this book and it arrived in good time. Once I had started the book I could not put it down. I found myself in the same shoes as Denise, agreeing with all the emotion and letdowns, I do not have as much weight to shift, only couple of stone but going through menopause and having extremely rough time with it and feeling like crap daily, this book and Denise's story was the kick start I needed. I cannot praise Denise highly enough for putting down her weight loss journey, the story of a real person like you and I (not some celebrity, who lets face it can afford a personal trainer, chef etc) and all the struggles that we too would face on a similar journey. I have now decided after reading this book that I have to take control back of my life and try to regain my pre-menopause state as best I can. I was happy when I was slimmer (I did lose three stone years ago on my own but that was when I was younger and more positive but somehow it creeps back when your not looking). My journey has already begun and I am in the most positive mindset that I think anyone can be, thanks to Denise's story (I thought if this girl can do it, then so can I). Now whether this book caught me at a turning point in my miserable, overweight, unfit existence I do not know but it has done the trick for me. I keep in touch with Denise on her website fat2fantastic and she is a supportive person even though she must be extremely busy, and knowing she has been through the same does help. I would recommend this book to read if, like me your were/are stood on the edge, undecided to take the plunge, GO FOR IT! READ THE BOOK..................IT WILL INSPIRE YOU......AS IT DID ME! Good luck to all and keep trying.....never give up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss Lisa Ledster on 26 Jan 2012
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A brave approach to hitting the landmark age and realising that healthy changes need to be made. I have loved reading this in diary form and seeing and understanding the struggles the author has met with in the approach to weight-loss. As an individual who needs to lose weight I felt it inspiring and helpful to know that I am not the only one who has battles with food cravings and urge to splurge on food whilst being stress. Although the methods used may not be for everyone it maintains the importance of exercise to balanced food ratio.
An impressive journey and inspiring those that have the cant do attitude and turn it to the can do!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HMM on 26 Jan 2012
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A really interesting read - the page layout is so good that you can just EAT through the pages (saves a fortunes on calories!)Its a very personal account of one woman's journey but if you are in the same position, you just KNOW how she felt all along the way. Unlike most similar books, it gently explores the emotional side of being overweight and how that alone affects your daily life. Its more a self help book giving you achievable pointers on how to get into a better place. And most of all, learning to "love yourself" thinner!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sue Griffin on 10 Jan 2012
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An honest and inspiring story that tells you in a warm and encouraging way the truth about how to achieve the weight loss you want, in fact, how to achieve anything you want! For anyone who is struggling with a lifelong weight problem FAT to FANTASTIC will show you the way.
Author of Training the Over 50s: Developing Programmes for Older Clients (Fitness Professionals)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RichJ on 11 Mar 2012
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This is a tremendous account of how a morbidly obese lady turns her life around to be able to enjoy life to the full. I found it an easy and compelling read and a must for anyone who wants to become healthier, lose weight and keep it off. It is packed with sound fitness and nutritional tips many of which are in highlighted boxes for easy reference. What's inspirational is the way Denise is able to bounce back from some of the set backs she encounters, get back on track and realise her goals. It's honest, fun and I am sure most people will be able to identify with many of the hurdles that pop up. This book is truly inspiring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By peters peach on 29 Feb 2012
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Denise's book is truly insprirational, I read it almost from cover to cover in one sitting it was so easy to read. The format (it is written like a blog) means that each entry is small and easy to digest. I have read many books and articles on weightloss over the years and this one just resonated so much with my own experiences that it could almost have been the story of my weight-loss life! Her determination, her sense of humour and her pathos makes her book a must-have read for anyone who has struggled with diet and exercise. Her bravery and honesty is a breath of fresh air and she has given me renewed determination to be in her shoes one day and achieve my own weightloss and fitness goals.
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