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India Knight , Neris Thomas
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Book Description

3 Jan 2008

India Knight and Neris Thomas's top top ten bestseller Neris and India's Idiot Proof Diet is a hilariously honest account of a low-carb diet that actually works.

Ever wanted a diet book by and for real people - you know, people who actually have a life? Congratulations! You've just picked it up.

We lost ten stone in a year - and if we can do it, then just by following our tips you can do it too. There's never been a diet book like this - for women, by women, with simple advice that is not hard to follow (plus jokes). And read our new chapter on keeping up the good work.

'Amazingly frank . . . the honesty of their confessions exceeds anything previously published' Evening Standard

'A compulsive read with good advice, whether you want to lose five pounds or five stone. It addresses the emotional issues of eating. Completely delicious and simple-to-make recipes' Mail on Sunday

'Crammed with real dieters' hilarious motivation-boosting tips and anecdotes' Cosmopolitan

India Knight is the author of four novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me, Comfort and Joy and Mutton. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.Follow India on Twitter @indiaknight or on her blog at Neris Thomas is a film producer and artist, she lives in London and is married with one daughter.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; First Thus edition (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141027436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027432
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazingly frank…the honesty of their confessions exceed anything previously published (Evening Standard)

A compulsive read with good advice, whether you want to lose five pounds or five stone. It addresses the emotional issues of eating. Completely delicious and simple to make recipes (Mail on Sunday)

The down-to-earth duo are brutally honest, not just about their own eeating habits, but also their recognition that food is often closely linked with emotional problems…will certainly put you on track for better eating habits (She)

Crammed with real dieters' hilarious motivation-boosting tips and anecdotes (Cosmopolitan)

From the Author

I thought it might be an idea to pop up on here and explain a bit about the book, since it's an unusual one - a diet book that tells you jokes, gives you genuinely delicious recipes, and lets you into our heads as well as our stomachs. Basically, my friend Neris and I got fat. Reallyfat, like size 22. And one day we finally decided to do something about it.

So we went and found out about diets, about what worked and what didn't; we cherry-picked, we fiddled about - we wanted, for instance, to eventually be able to drink and to have the odd piece of chocolate - and, armed with our own user-friendy version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.

It worked: we lost five stone each in a year. That was just under three years ago, and we haven't put any of it back on. So we thought we'd write about how we'd done it, in blow-by-blow detail, charting the emotional ups and downs, providing recipes, and all sorts of other stuff we found useful, like trying to unravel the reasons behind our overeating. I'll bet you a roast potato they're the reasons you overeat, too. We think unravelling them is crucial if you're going to keep the weight off.

We also thought - completely insanely, in retrospect - that we should be photographed wearing leotards and tights at every stage of the diet, and leave the pictures absolutely un-retouched, so readers could see for themselves that it really works. The pictures - they're really quite grim -
are all in there. So that's something to look forward to.

The other thing we really wanted to do was to write a diet book for real people - people like us, with kids, jobs, dogs and the rest, who didn't have the time or the energy to cook themselves separate meals, or to sit miserably in the corner with a lettuce leaf. People who actually had a
life, liked going out, went to the pub - and who wanted to carry on with all of these things while dieting.

Above all, we wanted to write a diet book that started off from a place of love. We are so sick of women being made to feel terrible about the way they look. During our research, we came across a pile of diet books - many,
though not all, written by middle-aged blokes - whose basic premise was 'You're a fat freak and you're killing yourself'. That approach - see also 'your insides are like sewers,' naming no names - is appalling. We start
off with the premise that you're pretty fabulous, and that you're going to be even MORE fabulous when you slip into that tiny little dress you thought you'd never in a million years fit into. It's not about body fascism: we're
not interested in dropping from a size 12 to a size 2. But from a 22 to a 14? Yes please.

We're really, really pleased with the way the book has turned out. If you're at that stage where you think, 'You know what? Sod it. I'll just stay this size and avoid full-length mirrors,' then please buy it. We've so
been there. Plus we're busy, greedy and undisciplined. We did it none the less. You can too.

Oh - one last thing. Low carb diets have, post Atkins, got a slightly sinister reputation: there are an awful lot of otherwise intelligent people who think that eating low-carb means having red meat three times a day, with a side of butter and another of cream. But all low-carb means is dumping the stodge: it is completely possible to follow our way of eating and shun red meat altogether, eating chicken, fish, tons of vegetables and good fat in the form of olive oil. What this basically gives you is a Mediterranean diet, widely acknowledged to be the healthiest in the world. So if you're thinking hmm, I like the sound of this but I'm worried about clogging my arteries, please bear the above in mind. No one's clogging any arteries, or sitting down to devour packets of lard. I'll leave you with that attractive visual.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book! 27 Feb 2008
By Momo
I've been doing this way of eating for over a year and having lost nearly three stone. I have been maintaining for some months, but had fallen into a bit of a rut foodwise and was looking for some inspiration.

Boy did I find it! I'm one of those weird people who love reading cookbooks in bed, but rarely actually cook from them. This book is an exception. It's beautifully produced and bound and very well presented. The best thing about it are the fabulous, easy and tasty recipes. It has inspired me back into the kitchen.

My favourites so far have been the chili bake, onion bhajis, celeriac bravas, and the aubergine and feta pie. The 'take five' section is genious. All the recipes I've tried have worked and they have all been lovely. I've fed them to my hubby and the kids, and even used them with guests.

I have several low-carb cookbooks and this is by far my favourite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read as well... 11 Jan 2007
overweight, bored with it too? you will enjoy this. i bought this as I like india knight's newspaper column and thoughtt it might be a bit different.It was that very rare bird indeed- a diet book that was a good read! Read it as a book first and enjoy their story.Any mum of a certain age will smile with recognition, but somehwere along the line the thought enters your head that maybe you can do it too. Cant vouch for the diet plan- only 5 days in to it, but would say buy the book for itself. Now when did you last enjoy reading a diet book?
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lifeline 29 Jan 2008
By Roz
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Contrary to what some people believe (brainwashed by the sugar sponsored Low Fat diet industry; when will people realise that 'low fat' or light means 'padded out with sugar'?) this is a healthy way of eating. It is a low (not zero) carb diet but does not restrict vegetables in the way Dr Atkins did. His diet always worked but left you constipated and smelling like a drain. On this plan you can eat wonderful veg like mashed swede, celeriac dauphinoise, nuts and dark chocolate. The tide is turning; there was an article in the Guardian the other day suggesting that fruit may not be as good for us as we believe, vegetables are much better. With its emphasis on fresh food and its ban on processed food, caffeine and diet drinks this is not only an easy plan to follow (no counting, food made yummy with olive oil allowed and cheese in moderation) but you feel marvellous. The book is witty and amusing and there is a wonderfully supportive internet forum to go with it and an excellent cookbook. No-one will notice you are on a diet but you will look and feel terrific as I do after 10 months. I am happy to stay on this as long as it takes and then switch to the maintenance level. Rosemary
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idiot proof! 13 Mar 2007
There are a whole host of dieting books available today. However, few are written by "normal" people who've stuggled with weight in real life. This book does that and that's why I found it so relatable. I have always been on the lookout for books that can be candid, honest and real about weight loss and this one does just that. Sure, it can be sometimes restricive but if you want the weight to come off, that's what happens! I whole-heartedly recommend this one simply because the authors are so down to earth. Another good one I found that fits this criteria is "Fatass No More!" and it's help me shed the pounds as well.

In the end, though, it is up to you to control your eating habits and this book helps with that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A break from the usual 5 Jan 2007
I bought this book after reading an interview with the authors in Marie-Claire; they sounded like nice friendly ladies with similar weight-struggles over the years to me. The thing I love about this book is that it's pretty much unique in being friendly, down to earth, and funny. Most diet books I've read (and believe me there have been alot) have either fallen into the american/medical/wordy category like Atkins and South Beach, or just felt a bit mainstream and dull, like Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conley. This book reads more like your favorite magazine, and I think if you're young(ish) and like to think you're still quite trendy and with it, it will really suit you. Even the cover looks more like a chick-lit novel than a diet.

That said, the diet itself (as the authors freely admit) is not something revolutionary, it's just low carb high protein, like Atkins. The first two weeks are virtually identical to Atkins in fact (that's as far as I've got so far). I don't think the diet itself is a reason to buy this book - we all know that diets work, it's just sticking to them that's the hard bit - and that's where this book is fantastic becuase the authors lost a total of 10 stone on this plan. The motivational content about comfort-eating really makes you stop and think before you demolish a packet of Jaffa Cakes, and I really love their journal sections where they talk about how they're feeling each day.

Overall, I'd really recommend this book
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130 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Works 7 Jan 2008
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I have read through the paperback version which, as the previous reviewer says, has been edited. When it came out in hardcover I and two friends bought it and followed it faithfully. One of us lost the stone she had planned to lose, I lost two and half stone and the other lost two stone. Two of us, including me, haven't slipped up in a year. I found it very entertaining and an excellent prop when my willpower needed strengthening. It isn't easy but there is so much sense about why we eat and general psychology that it's comparable to having a friend with you. I believe I have finally accepted that I cannot continue to stuff food at will without damaging my health. My blood pressure has dropped from 148/92 to 120/78 and the threat of medication has been avoided. I have tried other ways of losing weight, included Atkins, and this is the first time in 50 odd years I have found a sensible, sustainable eating regime - for life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Witty and honest but essentially Atkins!
I liked the humorous approach of this book and the honesty which is something you rarely get in a diet book. It didn't take itself too seriously and for that I give it 3 stars. Read more
Published 21 days ago by colette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting read difficult to stick to
Published 1 month ago by RAZOR
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Good laughter
Published 1 month ago by Collette Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Its a good book but I think some of the recipes would have to be on a bigger budget than I have :(
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. L. Roue
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok for a couple of weeks but just not sustainable long term.
I've done this diet 3 times now, and yes it gets quick results but is just not sustainable. I actually feel sick at the thought of eating a morsel more protein, it's very very high... Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Weak
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest & Effective - the perfect diet
A delight to read - honest & real. More importantly, it works ..... Have also not felt healthier. No more arthritis. My only regret is finding out about it too late. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the simple side
If you take your fashion advice from Trinny and Suzanna then this is the diet book for you. So there!
Published 3 months ago by elena¬ collins
4.0 out of 5 stars This really does work
Not a long-term diet book, but for a one-off weight loss this really does do the trick and is easy to do
Published 4 months ago by KK
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I found the book tells you why you eat the things you do what are the benefits and why you shouldn't eat others it is done in a amusing and is very easy to understand
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Published 6 months ago by Eeyore
3.0 out of 5 stars Need a bit of science
It's not quite good enough to tell you it works. A little bit of science to explain it might be useful. It does work. 4 . Read more
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