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Dr Gillian McKeith's Ultimate Health Plan: The DIET Programme That Will Keep You Slim for Life [Paperback]

Gillian McKeith
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4 Jan 2006

OK, so you'd like to lose weight - or you'd like to keep slim but you know your diet just isn't that healthy. You'd like to stop the pounds creeping back on, or maybe you could feel better, sleep better, be more energized? Dr Gillian can show you how. Rather than making you count calories, carbs or eat by percentages discover an infinitely more effective system of levels and goals that will switch on a healthy eating passion in you for life.

Everyone starts on level 1 - because that's where you find your reasons and motivation for being here in the first place. And it's where we flip the switch from just thinking about it to doing it!

Level 2 is Cleanse and Renew. This is a re-education for your body where you'll gradually cut out toxins and replenish through super foods.

Level 3 is your key to Weight Loss. Follow the plan day-by-day and once you've reached your goal and you're feeling fabulous then level 4 will help you feel this way for life, including tips on treats which won't send you hurtling back to level 1 and a fantastic mini plan in case you ever need a quick kick back into healthy living!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (4 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718148916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718148911
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 18.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another marketing and money making ploy! 18 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Amazon should give us the option of zero stars for our reviews! This book is just another money making spin for the good 'doctor' (which of course she really isn't having bought the accrediation on the internet - mental note: must do the same so I can make as much money as she does!). Basic common sense which we really should not need to have re-iterated to us by a pseudo doctor at an extortionate price.
Be sensible, don't eat junk and find shops that sell good, basic organic food - that's all you need to know - honest!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It works if you've got the time 20 Feb 2006
Well, I think the idea behind all this is very good and it really does work (I managed to stick to it for 3 weeks and I felt fantastic) but I found it just too impractical. The foods she suggests to eat cost quite a bit more than I would have normally spent but I portioned them off and froze what I could and in the end it really didn't cost that much. The only problem I had was the time it took to prepare the food (and wash up afterwards). It is simply too much for someone who is at work 9 hours a day.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 1 week later, 60 lighter! 6 Mar 2008
I watched the TV series and was very impressed by the results that Gillian was getting so I thought I would get the books and give them a try.
Having tried this diet I can honestly say I believe the people who lost weight did so because the food was so bland they gave up eating, (certainly lettuce soup was enough to put me off eating for life), and the diet is just not practical for anyone on a budget, I put all the ingredients into Tesco online for one week and the bill totaled over 60.00 and as every day is different I ended up storing randon things like half an avacado.
The basic principles are sound, unprocessed food is far better for the body and everyone is better off eating fresh food than pre-packaged adative full rubbish, sadly the way in which the fresh food is presented had me reaching for a nice tasty burger and they aren't something I even eat!
Try Beyond Chocolate by Sophie and Audrey Boss if you are serious about loosing weight, they have a very different approach which has changed my life and whole relationship with food.
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81 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a miss. 9 April 2006
I followed the 28 day plan and now on day 29 the book is in the bin. Ok, so anyone following any diet should expect to make a deal of sacrifice and give up some of their favorite food but for 28 days I've had no coffee, milk, eggs, bread, red meat, salt, refined flour or rice. Instead I've existed on smoothies, (nice with the exception of the one make from Avocado and fresh figs - my husband threatened to be sick after one sip). The rest of the meals were tasteless at best and totally unpalatable at worst. The Chinese Cabbage soup was somewhat similar to tasteless vegetables in dish water!
Other reviewers have mentioned the shopping and difficulties in obtaining ingredients and yes I totally agree. While I did manage to track down most items eventually it took hours of time and lots of dosh. I doubt many working mothers would have the time or funds to do so. I now have a cupboard full of all sorts of dried beans that I'll probably never eat.
If it's done me any good then that has been to make me think about what I'm putting in my body but I certainly couldn't carry on with the austerity for another 28 days. I've lost a few pounds but nothing like as much as I feel I should have given the effort it's been.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonsense 18 April 2007
I'm reminded of the anecdote of two friends in a jungle: when they spot a tiger, one puts on his trainers. His companion laughs "you'll never outrun a tiger, even in those", to which the first replies "no, but I'll outrun you". There's an evident dichotomy in the reviews of all McKeith's books, with her decerebrate fans tending to find she has "changed my life completly" and "I would deffinatly reccomend this book" (lucky for them it's not a case of "you are what you spell"). Ultimately, McKeith's quackery proves that she doesn't have to be smart, just smarter than you.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dr Gillian McKeiths Ultimate Health Plan 27 Jan 2006
Unless you are extreamly rich and you have a larder the size of the millenium dome or you can shop every day, you will find that you will be dicarding more food than you actually consume.To claim that this is not a diet is rubbish of course it is. read page 58 Quote "YOU ARE NOT ON A DIET" Front of the book states "The DIET programme that will keep you slim for life" make up your mind Gillian.Dont waste your money. I will be returning the book for a refund. My advice dont eat so much!!!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Steer Clear! 9 Nov 2010
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Do some research on the author before buying this book. She is not a doctor and has no formal nutritionist training. Her "work" has been discredited by scientists and real nutritionists. She is no longer allowed to use the title doctor as she bought her PhD off the internet!
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think, therefore I am what I eat 5 Jan 2006
I had previously been sceptical of McKeith's methods. She doesn't look that healthy herself but feels hectoring us fatties about how disgusting we are is the best way to get results - a sort of 'Scared Straight' for those who like chocolate and pizza. Having read this book, I'm now a fan! McKeith uses a simple 'level' approach to health and slimming. In broad terms, level 1 is to stop eating pizza and chips; level 2 is to drink plenty of water; level 3 is to start eating birdseed and bran flakes; and level 4 is to continue saying no to anything tasty - as McKeith puts it herself, 'consolidate, consolidate, consolidate'. Some find Gillian McKeith's aggressive and offensive manner too much, but this book shows that it can work. If fat people are too weak-willed to do something for themselves, who is going to do it for them? Answer: Gillian McKeith!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended and being nice to your own body
I have been followiung Gillian McKeith`s programs on television and this book provided me a firm foundation to use for a more healthy eating style
The book is invaluable for... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gregory Barr
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
this woman is a menace making a living out of offering neurotic eating advice to gullible people who are far healthier than she will ever be. she needs therapy
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by J. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars gillian mckeith
interesting reading on healthy eating. some ideas and ingredients suggested abit extreme but generally good advice.
Published on 5 May 2010 by Ms. Melanie Mclaren
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book that educates you about your lifestyle
This book isn't for everyone . If you can't cook , and want to kid yourself that you can go on the way you were and take a soft option of shopping at the supermarket and popping... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Gaz1
5.0 out of 5 stars Strict but it works !!!
At first glance this book is scary lots of fruit and veggies you might not even know, but i have done this diets for just over 5 weeks with regular exercise with my husband. Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Laura T
5.0 out of 5 stars It worked for me!
What can I say? I was 13 stone and overweight and now I am 10 and a half stone (well within the healthy weight range for my height)and I can credit McKeith with it all - well OK,... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2007 by Ms. G. A. Allmond
1.0 out of 5 stars A word of warning
A word of warning before you start taking Gillian McKeith too seriously.

I can't comment on how her recipes taste - but try reading a few reviews of her other... Read more
Published on 4 April 2007 by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read a lot of them - this is the BEST EVER.
Let me tell you from firsthand experience after following this sensible, caring woman's program - it works!!! Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2007 by Savannah
2.0 out of 5 stars Dr??
From a qualified dietitian's point of view - it is disappointing that Ms McKeith is still using the title Dr - for which she has been widely critisised by the popular press - her... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2006 by Z. Connor
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