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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 (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,775 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy to far so good. 17 Jan 2007
What can I say? It's a book that thousands of women will be able to relate to in some form or another. The crucial thing is that it is a book about honesty - honesty to yourself. It is all well and good making up a zillion and one excuses about why you have put on the weight and how you've tried all sorts of diets and weight-loss regimes and they haven't worked - but the bottom line is "Have you been really, truly honest with yourself?" If you have been brutally honest, the chances are you've cheated from the diet or have just been plain lazy and finding any excuse to blame it on!

A girlfriend gave me the book as a present - in the hope that we would be diet buddies together. I was thrilled about it - and started reading and am still reading. Once I started reading about Phase two, I thought, "This is inspirational stuff!". My journey began - and in the first week I lost 5lbs. I have kept the diary of how I have been feeling and am doing all the things that the ladies have tried and tested. If I cheat - I am only sabotaging my own success, no-one else's. Time to take ownership and responsibility for my desire to lose the weight.

This book has helped me focus on being honest about my self-loathing and deal with overcoming this. So, I've put on shed-loads of weight - get over it! Now, deal with it, in a positive and focussed manner. India and Neris have shown me the way - I am now trying really hard to follow the map! It's a brillaint book to read, so hilarious that I have found myself laughing out loud whilst reading in a queue! The best present! Thank you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a diet book - also a great read! 17 Jan 2007
I bought this after reading about it in the Sunday Times and seeing how high up the Amazon best sellers it already was. Well worth buying - I was gripped and read it in a single session. I found I could really empathise with India and Neris, especially Neris' experience of previous diets, and get caught up in their enthusiasm and success. If you liked 'The Hungry Years', exploring the old carb addiction thing, you will enjoy the rationale behind this diet - in particular phasing back in some of the 'problem' food. This seems a much more workable and realistic (even enjoyable) way of eating than Atkins. Can't wait to give it a go; I'm especially looking forward to Phase 2 when the dark chocolate comes in.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read..... 10 Jan 2007
By Mandy
Fabulous book. As soon as I'd read this I was hooked - and a few days later began the diet. Too early to tell what results it has (am only on day 3) but I'm really enjoying it and the book has become my bible. The anecdotes and stories from India and Neris are hysterical and more importantly, I related to so many of them. The best part of the diet is no points or calorie counting, and being able to eat out in restaurants without a problem. For anyone considering buying this I'd say do it! Happy low-carbing....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Day 5 and counting..... 7 Jan 2007
I ordered this before Christmas having read a Times article - I'm so glad I did. It arrived on 2 Jan just as I recovered from a monstrous hangover and therefore had no desire whatsoever to touch alcohol. I've eaten some lovely food so far, and can feel a bit of a difference already although I do have a looooooong way to go.

I'd recommend this as not only a good read, but as a very empathetic book for all of us who have a modicum of intelligence but just can't seem to get our heads around losing weight.

I'm feeling quite positive - which is first for me as far as diets are concerned.

Sarah (who's just had prawns fried in olive oil and garlic, marinated peppers and artichokes, salad and mayo followed by cheese for her lunch)
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Starting the diet on January 2nd :-) 29 Dec 2006
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I was in a fever of excitement waiting for this book to come out as I enjoy India's style of writing tremendously and could only imagine the potential inspirational zap of her encouragement combined with a low-carb diet approach. I was not disappointed.

The diet is basically an Atkins/Zone type approach (as a they freely admit) but modified to allow you to have a life while you're following it. As someone who has, in the past, lost 4.5 stone on Atkins I *know* this approach works - plus the clear but lighthearted instructions around supplements, exercise (just walking initially-doesn't sound too scary or unrealistic) make me want to include these in my regime where I didn't before. Also the overall approach - handy web links to beauty treats and useful info the back, the hot pink cover, amusing photos, very simple but yummy-sounding occasional recipes - add up to an inspiring package. Can't wait to get started! Thanks for the inspiration India and Neris!
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Enjoyed it and of course very useful. I have already recommended it to many friends. Love the sense of humour in the book too makes it an enjoyable read.
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