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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Sweet Pea Publishing; First edition (5 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957106653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957106659
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 1.3 x 12.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Why Marie Antoinette s diet was the 5:2 of its day. --(Eve McGowan, The Mail on Sunday, 8 February 2014)

Please say bonjour to The Marie Antoinette Diet.... [it] is very a la mode. Wheeler also introduces the reader to the magical, mystery soup that the queen ate for dinner every evening. --(Maggie Lang, NY Mag)

The diet really worked for me. I didn t feel deprived and I ve still been able to eat out. The idea that you can eat cake while on a diet sounds insane. But the author has recognised that most of us trip up on diets because we crave something sweet. (Samantha Brick, The Sunday Mirror Magazine)

There are good philosophical underpinnings to some of this. (Emma Brockes, theguardian.com)

Really quite a fabulous book ...absolutely jam-packed with information. (Thom Watson, manface.co.uk)

Although fad diets come and go...some of Wheeler s claims (supported by Dr Mabel Blades, a registered dietician and nutritionist) actually seem useful and easily attainable. (Erin Cunningham, The Daily Beast).

Too good to be true? Not according to Professor Michele Carruba, Director of the Centre for Study of Obesity in Milan, who explains how this diet is very similar [in its principles] to the Mediterranean Diet. (La Repubblica)

Wheeler s claims actually seem useful and easily attainable... (dietusa.org)

The Marie Antoinette Diet does not promote a series of rules for losing weight so much as advocate a series of lifestyle changes intended to improve your health. (Susan Scutti, MedicalDaily.com)

By following this relatively easy diet plan, you ll be looking and feeling like your best Marie Antoinette slimmed-down self. ( RealStyleNetwork.com)

We have discovered a way to eat cake and still lose weight. (Marie Claire)

Let Them Eat Cake featured in Vogue Japan, October 2014

Having read this book, I have had to rethink my day. The Marie Antoinette Diet is clear, easy to read and features lots of ideas for changes you can make without too much hassle. (Jacqueline Brown, frenchvillagediaries.com)

Hate counting calories? Love cake? This diet s for you. Wheeler examines the eating habits of the stylish and skinny 18th-century queen and distills them into routines that can be adapted for modern-day life. (Audrey Fine, totalbeauty.com)

Why The Marie Antoinette Diet Might Actually Work. (Cosmopolitan)

...something quite new and paradoxical. Wheeler s research has led her to conclude that Marie Antoinette knew what we are taught today by dieticians and cardiologists. (financialexpress.com)

The Marie Antoinette Diet works on the basis that to be a successful slimmer you have to control your cravings, so by allowing yourself a little of what you fancy as part of your plan you will be less likely to ditch the diet and overindulge. (Emma Jones, www.healthista.com)

A diet that lets you eat cake? Now we re listening. Wheeler s approach is refreshing. (Katie Jones, MyDaily.com)

Definitely sounds manageable possibly even enjoyable! (Chatelaine)

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About the Author

Karen Wheeler is a former fashion editor of the Mail on Sunday newspaper. As a freelance, she also edited the alternative health section of The London Magazine for five years, and wrote about beauty and anti-aging (among other subjects) for the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine for over a decade. She studied modern history at Kings College, London University, where she acquired an enduring interest in eighteenth-century France and Marie Antoinette. She is also the author of three French travel memoirs.

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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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I downloaded this book to my kindle and really enjoyed it. Very interesting and nicely written. Some good recipes too!
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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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