This book is brutal in it's honesty. It's also really funny in a lovely, snarky kind of way. The author makes no bones about the fact that you are fat because you eat too much and exercise too little. Yep, sorry folks, no magic formula that will help you lose 50lbs in 2 weeks. I know, I know, I should have given you a spoiler alert!
This is a practical, no hype, guide to a realistic lifestyle change that includes, gasp, eating better and adding exercise. He says what none of us wants to hear in a humorous way while giving a practical guide to making the changes necessary for weight loss. He also is insightful enough about human nature to know that you will hit the wall and what to do to get back on track before you chuck the whole thing and dive headfirst into a vat of Rocky Road never to resurface.
I've recommended this book to several friends as a good read because I think his writing style is knock your socks off funny. I've gotten mixed feedback. Most folks agree that they like the humor but some people are put off by the author calling overweight people pigs, slobs, etc. Others say they are confused about some of the British words like "crisps" and "stone." Crisps are pototo chips, by the way. 1 stone = 14 pounds. If you don't recognize a food just assume it's a junk food item and you'll be fine. Problem solved.
Was I offended about his less than flattering sobriquets? I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother me. Anyone who has ever been made fun of for their weight problem will be. I look at it this way. I need to lose weight, it's why I bought the darn book in the first place. The title alone should tell you this isn't going to a PC, sensitive, hand holding kind of a diet book. Do I like everything he says? Absolutely not. I figure that is because the truth hurts.