The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eat Cake and Still Lose Weight Paperback – 5 Jan 2014
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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)--.
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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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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I still refer to it mentally every day. Haven't lost more than a few pounds but a least I can have a cake without suffering.