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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
Like all Karen's books this was very easy to read and enjoyable - I completed the Kindle edition in a couple of sessions while on holiday (in France of course!) I thought it all made very good sense, seemed more sustainable than a lot of the lifestyle change fad diets around and given that my weight loss goals were very similar to the author's I thought I'd give it a go when I got back home to see how I compared.

That was 3 weeks ago....I lost an amazing 6 lbs in the 1st week, 2.5 lbs in week 2 and another 2.5 in week 3. My work colleagues are green with envy watching me eat cake and yoghurt for breakfast and proper meals at lunchtime and still losing weight while they are drinking weight-loss shakes and eating celery sticks but not losing anything!

I can't pretend it's always easy - I do feel empty when I go to bed and its a pain cooking for my husband in the evening and not eating mine till the next day but once you're in the routine its fine and well worth it given the results (which mean I am looking forward to getting on the scales each morning.) I always ate quite healthily anyway and always had a 12-14 hour fast overnight but I tended to eat very lightly in the day and consumed most calories in the evening, often quite late and not long before going to bed. Simply moving the times that I eat things, making them myself rather than buying pre-prepared food and being consistent with portion sizes seems to have made all the difference. Simple really.

Well done Karen, another good read and an extremely helpful subject. Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
Got this book in the kindle version after enjoying Karen's other books. Love the idea of this diet and whenever we are in France this is the way we tend to live - big lunch and small supper - not so easy at home with working shifts but definitely an ideal to strive towards. Love the recipes - especially the Vichyssoise and the Red Pepper and Pear soup - am also considering buying a juicer for the recommended cucumber and celery juice for the health benefits Karen points out. One thing I have adopted immediately and which I am seeing results for is the 12 hour night fast which fits in well with my shift work pattern and at this time of year is easy to combine with salad for tea. Definitely recommend this book and I shall be buying the print version when it is released so I can refer more easily to all of Karen's tips.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A well researched book with some great recipes. Karen Wheelers easy to read style is absorbing and convincing. I enjoyed reading this almost as much as I did her novels. I'll certainly be trying out some of the recipes and principles of this diet plan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
I devoured this little book in one sitting. It is a well researched, informative and entertaining read written in Karen's easy accesible style. Quite a lot things I was aware of already, but this 'kicked them all into touch' so to speak. I, like Karen, live in France, and like her also my weight has gradually been creeping up, much to my frustration as I have watched in amazement my 'skinny Minny' French friends tucking into huge steaks and enourmous salads and, a few granted, French fries, washed down by wine and followed by a dessert, while I sucked on a rye cracker and was ravenous when I got home from work and ate the entire fridge, while they were obviously sipping soup and munching salad! My partner has been banging on about my eating habits (i.e. having my main meal in the evening) since I arrived here, but what did he know - he's a man ermmm a French man, who is also extremely lean.....

This is not so much a diet book, but a whole new way of thinking, there are no real rules, and Karen encourages you to customise and play about with meals, rather than stick to her plan rigidley, which she acknowledges is not always possible or realistic. Due to my lifestyle, not working regular hours and not always having access to a restaurant or canteen, it was more practical for me to have the soup for lunch served with an ounce of cheese, in place of the roll and butter that I would normally have eaten, followed by a high calcium yogurt with a couple of chopped dried prunes. This has proved to be a real turning point for me, as often I was leaving the house around miday and did not have the time to cook or eat, now I have a constant pan of soup on the stove or saved in the frdge or freezer, so I can always have a 'proper' meal before I leave rather than raiding the nearest 'Paul' the bakery en route! Likewise, I often work until lunchtime and then travel home arriving after 2 by which time I make the quickest thing to eat that I can - again an enourmous sandwhich. All these carbs were making me hungry again by 6 and by 6.30 I was munching on apero bicuits (more carbs) then ploughing through 4 courses and going to bed stuffed and waking up like the living dead.

We now restrict the aperetif to one night a week, I have salad for entree, fish or meat and vegetables for the main course, omit the cheese, as I have had cheese at lunchtime, and eat a fruit based dessert, and have substituted my large Brit style wine glasses for the smaller french cafe variety and sip one of those.

Result - I have more energy, do not have bouts of extreme hunger and have lost, 3 lb in just over a week - not as much as some, but I must point out that I only really have 6 or 7 lb to lose and I have 'nipped it in the bud' so to speak - Paris is not as forgiving as Poitiers.........Well done Karen and many thanks
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
Have not had a chance to try this out yet, but having read it through (no long pseudo-scientific lectures - thank you!) it encourages a sensible healthy diet rather than 'faddy' self denial. Love the friendly, informative style which makes it an easy read rather than the intimidating style of some other diet promoters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
Karen Wheeler's book brings together a lot of the research I have been reading for the last year or so. The Marie Antoinette Diet is new to me, but makes a lot of sense and having read the Kindle version I will now be buying the paperback version when it comes out so I can refer to the advice the book contains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2013
I downloaded this book to my kindle and really enjoyed it. Very interesting and nicely written. Some good recipes too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2014
Simply put, I love this book! It is easy to follow, the recipes are fantastic and work every time with timings that are spot on. I was so sick of following diets with long lists of what you can eat and even longer ones of what you can't eat. I'd been religiously following low carb and was drained of energy. And then I came across Karenne's book. An absolute life saver! The pounds are falling off, my body has actually changed shape and I never feel deprived. Even if I feel a little snackish in the late evening, the thought of what cake I'm going to have for breakfast very quickly banishes any thoughts of opening the fridge as my next slice of cake is a mere 12 hours away (and I'm going to be asleep for 8 of those!) This style of eating is a joy, every meal is a pleasure and, for me, there is no more "drugged slug"! Hip, hip Hooray! Big thanks :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
This book contains a fair amount of research data alongside practical advice for losing weight. The author writes fluently and the book is pleasantly readable. Most importantly, the diet structure is realistic for most people to be able to follow. (You're also allowed cake.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2013
For some time I've thought that obesity is linked to processed foods..this is proof.. In the pudding (or cake maybe!)
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