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Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Hardcover – 4 Jan 2007
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A slimmer's delight (OK!)
Tasty but healthy recipes will shed that belly in no time (Grazia)
'The 'Nigella of low-carb' ...recipes you'll want to gorge on, whether you're following their low-carb plan or not' Scotland on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Author
I thought it might be an idea to pop up on here and explain a
bit about the book, since it's an unusual one - a diet book that tells you
jokes, gives you genuinely delicious recipes, and lets you into our heads
as well as our stomachs.
Basically, my friend Neris and I got fat. Really fat, like size 22. And one
day we finally decided to do something about it.
So we went and found out about diets, about what worked and what didn't; we
cherry-picked, we fiddled about - we wanted, for instance, to eventually be
able to drink and to have the odd piece of chocolate - and, armed with our
own version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.
It worked: we lost five stone each in a year, and we haven't put any of it
back on. So we thought we'd write about how we'd done it, in blow-by-blow
detail, charting the emotional ups and downs, providing recipes, and all
sorts of other stuff we found useful, like trying to unravel the reasons
behind our overeating. I'll bet you a roast potato they're the reasons you
overeat, too. We think unravelling them is crucial if you're going to keep
the weight off.
We also thought - completely insanely, in retrospect - that we should be
photographed wearing leotards and tights at every stage of the diet, and
leave the pictures absolutely un-retouched, so readers could see for
themselves that it really works. The pictures - they're really quite grim -
are all in there. So that's something to look forward to.
The other thing we really wanted to do was to write a diet book for real
people - people like us, with kids, jobs, dogs and the rest, who didn't
have the time or the energy to cook themselves separate meals, or to sit
miserably in the corner with a lettuce leaf. People who actually had a
life, liked going out, went to the pub - and who wanted to carry on with
all of these things while dieting.
Above all, we wanted to write a diet book that started off from a place of
love. We are so sick of women being made to feel terrible about the way
they look. During our research, we came across a pile of diet books - many,
though not all, written by middle-aged blokes - whose basic premise was
'You're a fat freak and you're killing yourself'. That approach - see also
'your insides are like sewers,' naming no names - is appalling. We start
off with the premise that you're pretty fabulous, and that you're going to
be even MORE fabulous when you slip into that tiny little dress you thought
you'd never in a million years fit into. It's not about body fascism: we're
not interested in dropping from a size 12 to a size 2. But from a 22 to a
14? Yes please.
We're really, really pleased with the way the book has turned out. If
you're at that stage where you think, 'You know what? Sod it. I'll just
stay this size and avoid full-length mirrors,' then please buy it. We've so
been there. Plus we're busy, greedy and undisciplined. We did it none the
less. You can too.
Top customer reviews
I lost 2.5 stone in 6 months using this guide. After 7 years of keeping the weight off (mainly), the last year and a half have been plagued with lots of family problems and busy times. That has meant that my usual diet and exercise went out the window and the weight has piled on (as it does when you are eating on the run, crap hospital canteen food etc etc). I wanted to put a stop to it before it got really bad again and this is the only way of eating that works for me so I decided to give it another go.
It is still excellent and I am losing lots of weight! I feel rebooted. A brilliant lifesaver and I thank India and Neris for writing it.
There are plenty of low-carb recipes online, so if you can't afford more than this one book today, buy it, then look for recipes to copy off the net till you get into the swing of things.
This book is a diary of two funny, strong women setting out to lose weight by eating low-carb/high protein. They explain how it works and go over the basics of *why* it works. But essentially it is a pep-talk in hardback. Curl up in bed with a cup of tea and read it whenever you have lost the oomph to carry on with your diet. It's very helpful.
Stop overeating carbohydrate...
That's it folks...
Everything stems from this one simple "truth"... Our current diet will normally contain excess salt, fat and sugar from processed food.
If we then base our diet around protein and low or no carbohydrate then we will lose weight.
Calories count but not all calories are equal...
Water, walking and taking some supplements are the main stay of this "diet" as well as the "Atkins style" of high protein and low carbs...
What sets this book apart from your average diet book is the wonderful dialogue between India and Neris as they take you through their combined 10 stone weight loss by telling a story and sharing their journey.
It has lovely photos and lovely simple recipes that have easy to follow instructions and again what sets it apart is the ongoing dialogue.
An example which made me smile because it's so true:
India: "The thing that is seriously getting me down is that I still haven't pooed."
Drink water with psyllium husk if you ever choose to "detox" from excess carbohydrate intake and you will be ok on the pooing...
Learnt that from a body builder mate who seriously restricts carbs before a show to "get his abs out"...
Anyway, this book is really helpful and shows you what a bit of knowledge, social influence (losing weight for a book is a great motivator) and a great support network can do...
10 stone in a year... Well done Neris and India...
Very inspirational and lovely... Nice...
Most recent customer reviews
Very enjoyable, funny read. But tried the diet twice, was miserable both times, and I didn't lose any weight. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mary Malone
Too much meat, too much fat and really faddy. This is unsustainable in the long-term. It is a fun read (although the writing style stuck in my craw after a while) and the constant... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jennifer eccles
The only diet to follow, not quite as easy as they would have you believe, but it is understandable and I think it would work for most people, but I am old and have done so many... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Mackay