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Zoe Harcombe
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3 Aug 2011
Let me guess... You've tried every diet under the sun; You've lost weight and put it all back on; The more you diet, the more you crave food; You have almost given up hope of being and staying slim. Do you want some good news? It's not your fault. You are not greedy or weak-willed. You've just been given totally the wrong advice. This is the first book to explain why traditional diets are the cause of the current obesity epidemic, not the cure. It shows that eating less leads to three extremely common physical conditions, which cause overeating. This book can change your life. The Harcombe Diet will help you lose weight & keep it off. There is absolutely nothing to count and you can have unlimited quantities of real food - carbs and fats. Count Calories and end up a food addict. Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight! This book is for anyone who wants to lose weight. It is especially for those who want to lose weight so desperately that they can't think what they would like more than this. It is for anyone who doesn't need to lose weight, but who wants to stop feeling addicted to, and controlled by, food. It is for anyone who can't stick to a diet - especially for those who can't understand why. It is for anyone who has ever calorie counted, lost weight, put weight back on and/or put more back on than they first lost. It is for anyone who found Atkins worked, but can't bear the thought of having to avoid fruit, chocolate, bread and the 'good things in life' forever. It is for anyone who has food cravings, or feels addicted to food in some way. It is especially for people who have particular food cravings - for chocolate, bread, cereal, even salad dressing - all of these will be completely explained. It is for anyone who experiences unwelcome symptoms after meals - anything from bloating to feeling 'foggy'. Whatever type, above, you are, this book is for you. Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight!
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Columbus Publishing Limited (3 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907797114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907797118
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zoë Harcombe's passion is obesity. People want to be slim more than they want virtually anything else in the world and yet two thirds of people in the 'developed' world are overweight and one quarter to one third are obese. This makes no sense.

Zoë was the first pupil from her school to graduate from Cambridge University. Whilst studying maths and economics at this historic institution, Zoë set out to answer the million dollar question - Why do you overeat? When all you want is to be slim? This became the title of Zoë's first book - published in 2004. Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight followed in 2008, with an accompanying recipe book and The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it? was published in October 2010.

Having worked internationally as an HR Director/VP at blue chip organisations such as Mars, SmithKline Beecham and the Welsh Development Agency, Zoë left corporate life in 2008 to make diet and health her full time role. Since then, Zoë has set up The Harcombe Diet club, to provide on line support for people rejecting processed food in favour of what we should be eating - real food.

Zoë has a Diploma in Diet & Nutrition and a Diploma in Clinical Weight Management, but struggles to find anything that is being taught in 'conventional' nutritional worlds that is true or evidence based. Hence why she spent 2008-10 writing The Obesity Epidemic - 135,000 words blowing apart: the misapplication of thermodynamics to dieting; the notion that 1lb = 3,500 calories, let alone that a deficit of 3,500 calories will lead to a weight loss of 1lb; the Seven Countries Study and the subequent change in our diet advice, which has caused the obesity epidemic; the role of exercise in obesity and much more.

Zoë's personal values are health, relationships, personal development, mutuality and integrity. The order of the first two has not changed in 20 years. Her personal goal is two fold and complementary - to do whatever can be done to reverse the horrific, man-made, obesity epidemic and to make a difference in the lives of others.

Zoë lives in the Welsh countryside with her husband, Andy, a rescue dog and a rescue cat. Andy descibes her as friendly, enthusiastic, principled, chatty, passionate and short! She is a member of Mensa, but friends say she hides it well! Oher passions are rugby - especially Wales - cocoa & cocoa butter (i.e. real chocolate), the RSPCA, World Wildlife Fund and dinner parties. There can be little better in life than great company and great food - more of both and the world would be a happier and healthier place.

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"The Harcombe Diet: Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight is the definitive guide to The Harcombe Diet. This book covers each of the three phases of The Harcombe Diet in detail, with meal plans for each phase - for omnivores and vegetarians - and the recipes to accompany these plans.

In this book, Zoe Harcombe shows how calorie counting leads to three extremely common medical conditions, which cause overeating and weight gain. The Harcombe Diet will help you to lose weight and keep it off through eating better, not less. Weight loss in the first five days is typically 7lb and the record is a massive 17lb!

Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight: The Harcombe Diet has the ultimate Question & Answer section, with over 100 Q&As covering Avocados to Xylitol with Natural Live Yoghurt, Nuts and Soya in-between.

The Harcombe Diet has changed the lives of tens of thousands of people, freeing them from yo-yo dieting and returning them to great health. Let it do the same for you too.
Keep counting calories and end up a food addict. Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight!

Back cover description:
You've tried every diet under the sun; 
You've lost weight and put it all back on; 
The more you diet, the more you crave food; 
You have almost given up hope of being and staying slim. 
 
Do you want some good news?
It's not your fault. You are not greedy or weak-willed.
You've just been given totally the wrong advice. 
 
This is the first book to explain why traditional diets are the cause of the current obesity epidemic, not the cure. 
 
It shows that eating less leads to three extremely common physical conditions, which cause overeating. 
 
This book can change your life. The Harcombe Diet will help you lose weight & keep it off. There is absolutely nothing to count and you can have unlimited quantities of real food - carbs and fats. 
 
Count Calories and end up a food addict. 
Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight!"

About the Author

Zoë's passion is her vocation. Zoë spends her time researching and writing about obesity, diets and weight loss and she works exclusively in this field. She is author of the best selling book "Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight", which was the follow-up to "Why do you overeat? When all you want is to be slim". The result of 20 years' research into the causes of overeating, Zoë's books go against traditional diet advice and are the first to address the three fundamental medical conditions that cause food cravings and therefore the compulsion to overeat. This understanding has helped thousands of people lose weight quickly, easily and healthily through The Harcombe Diet approach. During her teenage years Zoë suffered from both anorexia and bulimia, which she battled for several years before becoming the first person from her state school to graduate from Cambridge University. The early years of her career were then spent fighting food cravings to rival any drug addiction. Despite her illnesses and ongoing struggle with food, Zoë developed her career and achieved a number of high powered positions in the management consultancy, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications industries for blue chip organisations including Mars and SmithKline Beecham. During her 20's, Zoë suffered from all three of the physical conditions detailed in her books but no longer suffers from any of them and knows how to make sure they, and food cravings, never return. Zoë has now been free from food addiction for over 10 years and decided to put her years of experience and research onto paper, creating the heart-felt, revolutionary diet book, Why do you overeat?, followed by Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight and the accompanying recipe book. She is now a full-time diet guru with a Diploma in Diet and Nutrition and a Diploma in Clinical Weight Management and spends her time advising clients, writing for newspapers and magazines, appearing as a diet expert on TV and radio, undertaking more research, and inspiring women and men world-wide. Zoë lives with her husband, Andy, a rescue dog and cat in the beautiful Welsh countryside. She is a member of The National Obesity Forum, The Federation of Holistic Therapists, Mensa and The Chocolate Society. To find out more about Zoë and/or The Harcombe Diet, please visit: zoeharcombe.com theharcombediet.com

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246 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The results speak for themselves 11 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I started this 'diet' 14 weeks ago as my parents were raving on about it. I had already cut down on caffeine prior to the 5 day detox (I actually did 10 days detox because I was finding it quite easy) During the detox I did have some headaches due to caffeine withdrawal but I expected this and it didn't put me off.

Phase 2 was full of fantastic foods that I'd never have dreamed were healthy - Who would have thought that fat does not make you fat!!!

14 weeks in I have lost 38lbs in weight and over 4 inches off my waist!

It is about time someone took the govt to task about this reduced calorie / reduced fat nonsense they are peddling.

I have never felt healthier in all my adult life and I no longer crave carbs!

Big thanks to Zoe Harcombe for all her research and beautifully easy way of explaining complex scientific principles!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harcombe Diet Book Reveiw 27 July 2010
By Jo
Format:Paperback
This has been one of my best purchases this year, i started Monday 19th july and by Monday 26th i had lost near 3/4 of a stone! loving it thank you
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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest Review - From a mans perspective. 23 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
GOOD NEWS GUYS AND GALS, IT WORKS:
BUT ITS TOUGH AT FIRST AND YOU HAVE TO STICK AT IT.!!!! WILLPOWER IS REQUIRED.

Firstly, this book worked for me.
I should tell you that i also work out 3 days a week, i dont take any suppliments except a multi vitamin, and i understand diet and nutrition to a resonably high degree and from years of trying just about every trick in the book over the years as part of my training, (and failing)

In truth, If you excercise in conjunction with this diet, the weight will fly off.
Lets put it like this, on day 1 of this diet. i was 17 stone, muscular but with frankly too much fat on me, at day 6, i was 16 stone, thats 14lbs of fat gone, and i didnt change my training at all.
Now, after 4 weeks im a very lean 15.5 stone, with great definition and my muscle is not wasting away.

Bare this in mind. this diet is tough!! Phase 1 is frankly a killer, i really mean that.
If your used to junk, sugar and fats, your going to feel like your stomach is knawing itself to death, and you will (as Zoe says) feel pretty rubbish for a few days, day 3 seems to be the worst (you will see what i mean)
But the good news is, you dont have to be hungry because you can eat as much as you like off the "allowed list"

I must have eaten 2 bags of carrotts (as "crudites", specified in the book as snakcs), in week 1.

If you are not a gym goer, this diet will still work. but let me explain why in simple terms.
The reason this diet works is, that there is very little if any atall carbs in phase 1, this is the "miracle" phase of the diet where the most weight is lost quickest.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is the Answer to Weight Problems! 15 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love this diet and this book. This makes perfect, perfect sense. Stop eating processed litter that so impacts on everyone's insulin, stop eating sugar and go back to eating as we used to - unprocessed meat (preferably not bute filled HORSE!) veg, salad and low carb fruit, plus natural yoghurt - not low fat - and 50g porridge oats or 50g brown rice.
Easy, WORKS and no hunger. I've tried them all so I know a winner when I find it.
Unless you are obese, I suppose, weigh loss in Phase 1 is a bit more modest than claimed but I still lost 5lbs and never had one tummy rumble. Perfectly easy to do and I will NEVER eat another processed item again. In fact I feel quite sick going round the supermarkets now and seeing all the rubbish on the shelves, a lot passed off as healthy!
Thank you Zoe and Andy for bringing this diet to us.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not usually a leaver of feedback but had to leave a review of this, now in my 5th week.

To start, you do a 5 day phase 1 which basically involves cutting out wheat, dairy, sugar and everything processed. Yes, it is a bit restrictive but there are still loads and loads you can eat. Breakfast could be eggs and bacon, omlettes, or porridge. Lunches and dinners are meat and veg or meat and salads. For example one day for me was - bacon and egg for breakfast, lunch of a pile of homemade coleslaw with chicken breasts and chilli olive oil, dinner of steak and lots of buttered roast veg.

the first day can give you a massive headache, lethargy, cold like symptoms, aching legs etc, specially if you were a big caffiene drinker! But it does go and you come out of the other side feeling so much better.

Phase 2 is the phase for weight loss. You can introduce back in the food groups taken away in the first phase. But slowly. My first was milk so i could have it in my tea and coffee (decaf of course). Then was cheese because it massively made a difference to recipes and broadening food options. The idea is not to mix fats and carbs, so a fat meal could be meat and veg with butter or oil, a carb meal could be a jacket potato with fat free cottage cheese, or ratatouie etc etc.

it all sounds complicated and restrictive, but actually it's not. I thought i'd miss big bowls of pasta and buttered toast, but i actually don't at all. in fact, most of meals are what's called 'fat meals'.

i'm never hungry between meals, eat really well and feel great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It works
This is a fantastic book, easy to understand this diet and ...IT WORKS. However feel miffed as here it cost £20.10 and the price on the back cover is £12.95. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by M. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing book.
A truly life changing book. Really opens your eyes and makes so much sense. Wish I knew about this diet years ago. I have given my copy to a friend. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Marie Dalton
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
But diet for men is a condensed version and easier to use
Published 7 days ago by brim
3.0 out of 5 stars Ah well!
Yet another diet confined to the shelf :(
Published 14 days ago by Mazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well...I read it and I skipped some pages at the beginning (too much about how bad other diets are). I prepared myself to start the diet. Read more
Published 15 days ago by oana luminita
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing sensational here
Started to read through it but got bored. Basically cut down on carbs but I might of missed something as I didn't stick with the book. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing weight not hungry
After years of dieting have finally started to lose weight without feeling hungry . Did not lose 5lb in first week but 4lb and 3lb the following week and looks on track for the... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Rosslyn Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars YES it works
It's been a while since I purchased this book and YES IT DOES WORK!
We feel healthier, fitter, better inside, better skin, healthy hair & nails and we lost lots of... Read more
Published 25 days ago by MRS NICOLA J BROWN
4.0 out of 5 stars Great diet plan
I lost halfa stone in a few weeks, but soon got bored of the plan. If you like roasties with your roast meat its not the book for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cate Bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
haven't had time to read it properly and I have already loaned it to work colleagues as I lost 7 LB in days on phase1.feel great and get to eat real food.
Published 1 month ago by lena43
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