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5.0 out of 5 stars Cook Yourself Thin, 9 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Cook Yourself Thin: The Delicious Way to Drop a dress Size (Paperback)
Not just a cookbook & definitely not another fad-diet. This is more of a lifestyle book showing you that small changes will make big differences. By cooking and preparing your food from scratch you can control what goes in, not a new concept of course :), but one that we need reminding of occasionally. It highlights the dangers of relying on fast food /ready meals all the time and compares the calorie contents. I love that they don't deny their food has calories, but shows you that just changing a few meals will really make a difference.

Written with humour, this inspired & delightful book is packed full of top tips & real hearty food, without compromising on portion size. None of the recipes require you to be an expert chef & many of the ingredients are things you'll already have lying around. It just requires you to begin to see cooking as a pleasure rather than a chore, something you chose to do rather than have to do.

The `Soups' section of the book is my favourite. Soups are so quick & easy to make. They are a great way of getting many of your 5 portions of veg in per day, as well as being really filling. The `Luxury Fish Pie' & `Healthy Roast Dinner' are also rather appealing. The `Side Dishes' are a bit flat & boring but the `Desserts' section is something I can't wait to try out, especially that `Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cake' [sounds bizarre, I know, but looks really yummy].

I've enjoyed watching the show too. The recipes are really easy to follow & it's always nice to watch someone else's `drop a dress size' journey. Also that the show & book encourages exercise as well as a change in eating habits which I think is an essential part of becoming healthier & loosing weight. Dieting alone is never enough & usually the reason the most people quit after seeing no immediate differences. Page 63 has some exercise ideas that will burn around 100 calories e.g. 25 Mins Dancing or 20 Mins of Sex. :)

My advice is: Throw away those bland Gillian McKeith style extremist recipes of `Do's & Don'ts' & indulge a little by treating yourself to `Cook Yourself Thin'.
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