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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree; 1sr edition (4 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067091648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670916481
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A slimmer's delight (OK!)

Tasty but healthy recipes will shed that belly in no time (Grazia)

'The 'Nigella of low-carb' ...recipes you'll want to gorge on, whether you're following their low-carb plan or not' Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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. Really fat, 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 version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.

It worked: we lost five stone each in a year, 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.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By moodyold blue on 11 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Momo on 27 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elizabeth Mccallum on 5 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Stuart on 24 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A friend and I have been "dieting" on and off, mostly half heartedly, for a few years now so when she bought this book and lost almost 6lbs the first week I had to see what it was all about.

The diet is a diet, but the approach is very different to other diet books. Neris and India have been on this diet and tell it how it is, plus they also encourage you to feel good about yourself whilst doing it. So many other books maintain that fat is ugly and thin is beautiful. This one says you are beatiful now, and just wait until the weight drops off! It also goes into the psychology of why we eat too much and how to break the addictions that lead us to over eat and put on weight.

I'm on the diet now, I know I'm losing weight and I know that this time I will be able to stick to it and, most importantly, learn how to like myslef again in the process.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 13 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Shrubb on 5 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
At last a diet book from people who understand what it is like to be fat! From the first page you will be hooked by this easy to read, no nonsense, non jargon riddled book that tells you simploy and honestly how to lose weight. I couldn't wait to start the diet and three weeks on am lighter and happier and feel better. Thank you India and Neris. And to those of you who are heavier than you would wish - buy it now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debjani Mazumder on 28 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Not normally a fan of diets and diet books, I'm really enjoying following this book. I'm on week 3 and have lost half a stone. The book is very reassuring and supportive as well as being great fun. It has great tips for dealing with real life - such as going to weddings, parties etc. so you can detox without becoming a hermit. The only one drawback I've found so far, is that its not entirely clear what you can and can't eat in Phase 1 - milk? yogurt?? & do I really have to carry on taking the supplements for ever? hope not....
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