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Nothing new, although recipes look nice
on 2 January 2017
There is nothing new here, unless you have never tried to lose weight before or have suddenly developed an interest in healthy eating. It does lay out the (very) basic information in a way which is easy to read and understand and there are some recipes which sound nice. There are lots of irritations though - the book seems a bit rushed. So with the recipes, for example, it gives oven temperatures but I can't see whether these are for a fan oven or need to be adjusted. And other irritations - for example, calorie information is given (useful) but take the recipe for Spinach Masala Omelette: it serves two with 154 calories per portion. However, the total recipe uses 4 eggs, and according to my box of eggs, one egg has 78 calories, which means the 2 eggs per portion would be 156 calories even without the other ingredients?? It also mentions "knobs" of butter - again ??? It would have been better to put 10 grams or 20 grams or whatever, as even a small amount of butter is high in calories and using too big a "knob" could significantly alter the calorie count. I found the advice on carbs confusing and contradictory. E.g, "if you take the bread, beans and ketchup out of a fried breakfast, it's a pretty healthy meal". All the other advice around suggests beans are one of the foods we should definitely be eating more of! Also, it says to weigh leftovers for lunch the next day, but what should they weigh? And it talks about being aware of calories but gives no calorie information for some of the dips etc. I read lots of these books, and don't normally do reviews, but as there were no other reviews to guide me on this, I bought it to see for myself. So, Dr. Xand, this could have been better, although I will try some of the recipes.