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Some good tips but very smug
on 16 September 2013
Well I'll start with the good stuff first. There were some very good tips in this book - nothing hugely ground-breaking but it was a nice read and it makes you more aware of what you're stuffing in your face. It's advice that you already know but don't bother to adhere to, so the book is a good reminder and confirmation that, if you fail to do these things, you will indeed end up like a heifer. I hate exercise so was pleased you don't need to sweat your butt off (just move around a bit more and climb some stairs) but I've tried just limiting myself to one square of top-notch chocolate a day before and that was a complete failure so now I simply don't buy any at all!
The downside to the book is that she is really self-satisfied. At first it's just here and there but by the end of the book you're just skim-reading over the smugness and starting to hate her just a little bit. It does feel like we're all getting a sound ticking off and that French women are simply amazing and the rest of us are undisciplined fatties. The little French sayings here and there were also delightful at first but you tire of them pretty quickly.
So overall, a sweet little book - not earth-shattering, but good as a reminder to get you back on track and developing better habits. However it is also irritatingly self-satisfied and smug in parts.