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on 29 October 2014
I'm really pleased to have this book. At 51 yo old although not very overweight at 9 stone (I'm 5'4") my waist had crept up to 32" over the last few years. After 4 weeks I've lost 3/4 stone and 3" off my waist and feel much better for it. I've never managed to diet before and only kept my weight within reason by being active and eating lots of veg. I did find phase 1 trying to keep under 20 g carbs per day too difficult and was very hungry. Second week I gave in and went up to 25 g but it still worked. I didn't experience the increased energy that lots of people report and in the beginning found my usual two to three hours walking a day for my job more tiring. Especially going up steep hills which is described in the book as 'Ascent Weakness', so strange. Four weeks in I still experience that but getting better and my general energy levels are back to normal.
I'm now doing Phase 3 which allows me enough carbs to have my much loved big plate of vegetables as well as making sure I eat enough protein with it. I think this book is a well written introduction to low carb vegetarian eating which can be followed up with some good online info on making this a very healthy diet to follow. I've been vegetarian for over 30 years and had previously read to aim for 24 g protein a day, which I'm not sure I was even getting that most days. I was eating far too much bread, even though it was wholemeal and had sugar cravings that were as bad as when I craved a cigarette and would have me driving to the village shop for chocolate. This diet has really helped me begin to deal with those cravings and overeating in general. I had also been experiencing lots of back and joint problems which I put down to possibly the menopause but since changing to low carb and higher protein (perhaps all the Tofu) I feel tons better, other people have reported this too. I think the overload of carbs I was eating has been causing havoc with my stomach for years and I'd often been glad I work alone because of the large amounts of gas I had but this has improved greatly, thank goodness! I've just ordered Rose's cookbook and I hope I can keep it up now to stop my waist expanding again. Give it a go and if you feel too bad on 20 g per day for Phase 1, go up to 25g or 30g rather than give up entirely. There is a low carb website which has a food pyramid to follow which looks good information to eat 'low carb' in a healthy way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 December 2011
Thank goodness for a low-carb diet for us veggies - I've been implementing some of these ideas for years as I appear to be carb-sensitive (which doctors ignore). Rose can help me to do it a lot better. The issue I have with all Rose's books and the majority of 'healthy eating' books is an assumption that we have time to cook!

I try, every week, to cook something to take to work so that I won't be dependant on bought in foods. But I'm away from home for 9 hours and that means at least 2 eating times. I need stuff I can eat at my desk so I do try to cook in advance for those days. But, i don't have much time at the weekend for cooking as Sunday is a busy day (in Ministry at my local church) so when am I supposed to do all this cooking? Let alone the shopping for fresh ingredients?

So, I would have to ignore Rose's mild disapproval of bought-in low carb diet foods - they're a life-saver. Use them when you must, and cook when you can seems to me to be the only way ahead. And when there is time to cook - her ideas can improve what I take to work so that it really is low-carb rather than just heading in the right direction.

All in all, it's an excellent book but it would *feel* better if she acknowledged that for many of us, with full-time jobs, commuting, and family responsibilities - there may just not be the sort of preparation time that we need to do this properly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2014
While I read so many positive reviews on this. I will say it's not worth it. Almost all recipes involve tofu or mushrooms. If you, like me aren't a fan of either, then none of the recipes are anything worthwhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2012
As a newbie to low carb meals I have to say that this book is wonderful. The meals are easy, very tasty and usually very quick to put together. The information on carbs and protein in every meal is very helpful but I would have liked it even more if the calorie count was included. This book has me trying many new ideas and tastes, all of which I have enjoyed immensely. Now looking at purchasing another book by same author as I feel confident that her meals will keep me from getting bored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2011
Really useful to lose weight, at last a low carb diet for vegetarians! I have tried
several resipes and they turned out excellently. I am losing weight and I am not
hungry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2009
Good read but diet quite hard to do. Felt hungry most of the time, but will give it another try. I have a lot of weight to lose so that may be the main problem. I would recommend buying it though, it is a good read and it has helped me somewhat with my ongoing fight to reach my target weight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2011
I was so glad to read this book & feel some hope in losing 2 1/2 stone put on since a hysterectomy. I take thyroxine & am on HRT implants so I know losing weight is going to be a struggle. However I am on day 5 & I feel dreadful. My eyesight is fuzzy & I just feel rather spaced out with absolutely no energy & aching all over. I worry about so much soya as I am sure it makes me ill. I have tried eating & drinking it in the past & never feel very good. I am so sick of eggs I honestly don't know if I can face another one, eggs, cheese, soya, over & over. How can going without fruit & vegetables really be healthy? I am going to try & get to day 14 but if things don't improve I don't know what I'll do. Any advice greatfully received.
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on 28 April 2014
Rose Elliott explains all the details of why the diet works. You need to spend time reading this so that you understand.
I started on the 14-day carb cleanse section, as recommended. I was surprised how little carbohydrate means low carb. No actual carbohydrate at all but only the carbs found in foods you wouldn't consider to be carbs. She said it would be tough for the first few days and it was. After that I really had adapted to low carb eating, but not so easily to the resultant low calorie intake. I didn't lose weight either, but that could be to do with me stocking up on nuts and cheese in order to relieve my appetite. I have abandoned it now and my weight has re-settled. I am however eating lower carbs than I was, which is good and I am starting to feel interested in looking at the maintenance diet, which might be easier for me to manage.
Rose Elliott says quite clearly that everyone has different levels of managing on low carb, so don't let me put you off. You have to adjust until you find something which works for you. The book itself is good and tells you everything you need to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2012
I bought this book for my wife, and I'm writing this on her behalf.
She tells me that she never feels hungry on this diet and also, she can eat things that she hasn't eaten for thirty years - like butter, cream and lots of cheese. Weight loss is slow, maybe half to one pound per week but more importantly for her, she no longer feels bloated. - Recommended book.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2007
This is a fantastic book! If you are searching for a successful way to lose weight - this is definitely a method that I recommend! After years of checking food labels of calories and fat intake - I never really lost any weight without starving myself (which I knew was a BIG mistake!) However, after buying this book I noticed that by eating, my weight seeemed to be disappearing. I have a few minor things to mention though...

1) If you are NOT vegitarian (like me) then do NOT strictly attempt the vegitarian diet as you lack meat as well as carbs which you are use to. I thought vegetables were healthier and I love vergitarian food so I thought it wouldn't be a problem... but unforuntaly it was. I fainted on the tube, and friends also in the same situation experienced severe headaches and painful cramps! After switching to foods we were use to (i.e. meat), we experienced less problems.

2) It takes about a week on about 30g of carbs a day for 11st (+/- a stone) people to have a smaller appetite. I have however slightly broken the rules by having a glass of wine a night, a bite of a biscuit or so and still managed to lose 9lbs in two weeks! A very comforting start to the diet! (People I know on this diet have alos lost a substantial amount of weight in the first stage of the diet!!)

3) Remember to drink LOTS of water. Even after drinking 2 litres of water a day, I usually still feel thirsty and dehydrated.

4) TAKE YOUR MINERALS & VITAMENS! It is essential to take your minerals to ensure you get the essentials in your body as you are cutting out foods (like fruit) that have the ingredients your body needs.

I do however like the food in this book! I am a fan of cheese, but I particularly like the yogurt breakfast, the scrambled egg on mushroom breakfast, the vegi-burger dinner and I have yet to try the muffins!

Hope you find this usefull & good luck with your diet! x
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