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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
The thoughts and ideas in this book have completely changed the way that I think about food. I realise that eating "rubbish" isn't actually pleasurable and my brain has just been conditioned to think so after years and years of marketing, and years and years of eating food that simply didn't exist 50 years ago. I've also attended one of Gillian's courses and found it excellent. I can't recommend this highly enough. I don't feel that I've "got there" yet in terms of changing the way I think about food and stopping binging, but I'm slowly but surely working on improving and retraining myself. This book has given me the confidence to think that I will achieve what I want to i.e. stop obsessing about junk food, and start living a healthy life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
The average fee for any slimming club is now about a fiver, for less than this you could do yourself a favour and download Gillian's book, everything she writes about makes so much sense, and she writes in a way that anyone can understand and I suspect that anyone who has joined any slimming club will understand exactly what she is trying to convey. I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed it so much that I downloaded her second book which goes in to more detail. I have followed Gillian's advice and I regret every visit to all the slimming clubs I have given money to. If you are prepared to follow the advice given in this fantastic book you will not only feel better and more confident about yourself but you will see the pounds dropping off too. I cannot recommend her books highly enough, I just wish I had read them 20 years ago. Thank you Gillian.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
Having been a yo-yo dieter for over 40 years I have been looking for the 'trauma' that set me on this path in the hope that once resolved, the eating/weight issues would go away. No luck - couldn't find anything significant enough, but I continued to comfort eat; boredom eat and temptation eat etc. etc. Finally, someone has explained, with scientific back up, that there isn't necessarily any trauma to find. I've just made overeating into a habit (or an addiction).

Not only does the author explain what is happening and why, she also gives very straightforward tools to break the pattern that has plagued me from my late teens. They start to work from day one. I bought this book only about two weeks ago and I've lost 5 lbs already without trying too hard and I'm sure it's not just melting off in the heat! She does make a point of saying that having weight-loss as your goal isn't good enough but for me it's health issues too and my blood pressure is dropping slowly but steadily as well. Amazing book. I just wish I'd found out all this info years ago.

Update after a second reading of the book:
I still think that this book gives the best, possibly only, way to successfully keep weight off and be healthy but I would add a caveat about some of the specific nutritional advice. One piece is just plain wrong - I have checked with numerous sources, including Dr Weil who 'invented' the anti-inflammatory diet and the following quote must be incorrect - "For example, saturated and omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory, while seed and vegetable oils are inflammatory" . It would suggest that it's OK to eat saturated fat but to avoid olive oil or seed oils. Definitely wrong. Also the author has adopted the current criticism of wheat which, unless you suffer from Coeliac disease, is rarely, in my belief, the big bad guy it's made out to be - it's been a staple part of human diets without any problems for centuries, but no doubt some people disagree - it's just a bugbear of mine :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2013
Gillian Riley's advice makes sense on many levels. Her theories are backed up by scientific evidence as well as her own experience and that of her clients.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
I highly, highly, highly recommend Gillians books! I have read pretty much Everything on this subject, and Gillians work Really stands out. She makes So much sense. She Really knows her stuff and she is Excellent at explaining it in a clear way. You feel understood, supported and guided. The kind of thinking Gillians presents can set you free and give you back your power of owning your own choices. Your steps towards more freedom around food you will have to take yourself - this is no quick fix magic trick - but it is Real and it is grounded in neuroscience and psychology. I also recommend her seminars and the cd, that you can find on her website eatingless.com. Best of luck and food and love to you! <3
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
Gillian Riley's message is a very simple one ie focus on the cause and not the symptoms. Applying this to the complex business of overeating, weight problems and body image could be a psychological minefield but Riley's down to earth yet authoritative (and clearly well researched) style both helps you focus on the glaring logic and enthuses you to get on and deal with it. If you're exhausted by an endless cycle of diet and binge eating and believe you might be open to a completely different approach then at the very least give this book a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2013
I actually cried, when I read Ditching Diets and "Eating less". Riley absolutely understands the problem and I still can't believe that Riley is the first person who addresses eating issues correctly. Having found her method is a relief. I'm in better control of my habits now. Give it a shot, you will not regret it.
The method is excellent.
This is the shorter version of "Eating Less" by the same author. I found the longer "Eating Less" more helpful and would recommend to buy the other book instead of this one.

Would I recommend it? I have already bought "Willpower" for me and the stop-smoking book written by Riley as a gift for a friend. As I've been struggling with eating disorders (thank you Weight Watchers!) and yo-yo-dieting between three dress sizes for twenty years, I am so glad I found Gillian Riley. Buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
This is a small book with a big message about dieting and its worthlessness in the long run ---- how dieting isnt the solution and the only way to heal the problem is to take back control of your own life and eating habits by ditching diets permanently.
it's simply written and the ideas are very clear , but actually implementing the information would take some adjustments in one's head . I have re-read it several times , as although it's so simple , it takes time and effort to adjust to new habits and the feeling of knowing that I am in charge of what and when I eat , and also accept the consequences of my actions.
Gillian Riley focuses on health and longevity as motivators to stop overeating , rather than weight loss, as this keeps us going in the long run. Dieting for weight loss loses its lustre eventually and we return to our old ways.. whereas focusing on health promotes a sense of self-esteem and personal power.
She doesnt go into why we overeat or the emotional eating end of this problem , or mindful eating or eating when hungry . Instead she proposes that we decide ourselves what is best for us with our end goal in mind---- no more dieting on a permenent basis and to live life in the real world comfortably and sanely , without avoiding social events that involve food, or following a diet regime that is unsustainable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
I found this book inspirational. I was becoming a binge eater and often said eating was like an addiction. I wanted a strategy for my whole life which didn't involve diets, slimming world and weighing myself and this book has addressed all of these things. My eating was nothing to do with being hungry and everything to do with my emotions. Now I am beginning to focus on different things such as my health and self-esteem and I feel this book really does it for me. I have tried the 5:2 fasting diet but I felt ultimately a diet which meant fasting for two days was not a lifetime choice for me. Anyone who is depressed about never-ending diets and calorie counting should definitely read this. I know this is early days for me but I am very optimistic. Thank you so much Gillian Riley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
This is a good book but don't buy in Kindle format as 5 way switch doesn't work and you can only move through the book page by page, backwards as well as forwards. Buy the paperback version.
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