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.
From the Back Cover
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