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Amazingly frank…the honesty of their confessions exceed anything previously published (Evening Standard)
A compulsive read with good advice, whether you want to lose five pounds or five stone. It addresses the emotional issues of eating. Completely delicious and simple to make recipes (Mail on Sunday)
The down-to-earth duo are brutally honest, not just about their own eeating habits, but also their recognition that food is often closely linked with emotional problems…will certainly put you on track for better eating habits (She)
Crammed with real dieters' hilarious motivation-boosting tips and anecdotes (Cosmopolitan)
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. Reallyfat, 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 user-friendy version of a high-protein, low-carb diet, away we went.
It worked: we lost five stone each in a year. That was just under three years ago, 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.
Oh - one last thing. Low carb diets have, post Atkins, got a slightly sinister reputation: there are an awful lot of otherwise intelligent people who think that eating low-carb means having red meat three times a day, with a side of butter and another of cream. But all low-carb means is dumping the stodge: it is completely possible to follow our way of eating and shun red meat altogether, eating chicken, fish, tons of vegetables and good fat in the form of olive oil. What this basically gives you is a Mediterranean diet, widely acknowledged to be the healthiest in the world. So if you're thinking hmm, I like the sound of this but I'm worried about clogging my arteries, please bear the above in mind. No one's clogging any arteries, or sitting down to devour packets of lard. I'll leave you with that attractive visual.See all Product description
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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.
...it's another low-carb diet, which is very difficult to follow if you're a vegetarian. There's no advice on adapting the diet if you don't eat meat, so essentially ths is a good book for meat eaters, but veggies would do better with the Rose Elliott low carb-diet.
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.