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Biography or cookbook? A bit of both...
8 May 2018
I like Lisa Riley a lot, but this book? Not so much.
Full credit to her for her weight loss achievement. The self knowledge questions at the front are good and can be enlightening to help determine motivational pitfalls. Also, respect for sharing information about her skin removal surgery.
However, the diet itself comes across as a "one size fits all" approach - but no food plan suits everyone and the specific things that worked for her may not work universally. Certainly the 'eat less, move more' basic formula for weight loss applies to everyone, but the means of achieving it are individual.
She states one of the questions asked most often is where her willpower came from and how can it be replicated. Her response is that willpower has to come from you - true, but I can then use my willpower to moderate drinking alcohol, sugar intake, etc rather than eliminating them as she suggests is necessary.
The recipes are pretty standard for this type of book - no wheels have been reinvented. I do find them a bit confusing though - the coffee walnut cake at the end is apparently only for when you've reached your goal weight. It is 243 calories per serving. Conversely, the granola bars are touted as great for breakfast or "handbag food" - but they are 249 calories each. More fibre in the granola maybe, but energy in is energy in, no matter where it comes from.
Overall, interesting and well-intentioned but not for everyone.