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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 613.25
EAN: 9780446508766
ISBN: 0446508764
Label: Wellness Central
Manufacturer: Wellness Central
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2008-04-07
Publisher: Wellness Central
Studio: Wellness Central

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Editorial Reviews:

Ever hankered for a diet book by and for real people--people who, you know, actually have a life? Congratulations: you've just picked it up.

Before we began our diet, Neris and I weighted 434 pounds between us. Our goal was to lose 140 pounds between us in under a year, to go from a size 22 to a size 14. And we did it. If two unusually greedy, cocktail-loving moms can lose this amount of weight without much effort, so can anyone.

This book tells you how two friends did it, and how you can do it too. It's not a diet devised by some bossy string bean who has never been more than 7 pounds overweight, nor by a fat middle-aged doctor, but a real, long-term, workable diet for real people. A modified and therefore bearable low-carb, high-protein way of eating, the diet really works and includes meal plans, recipes, advice on clothes, make-up and hair at every stage from fat to thin. It doesn't include impossible exercise routines or disgusting things to eat. Above all, it gets to the bottom of why we overeat--and shows you how to stop. There's never been a diet book like it--for women, by women, with jokes and useful tips, and advice that is truly simple to follow. What other diet book tells you to pour yourself a large drink at the end of the day, because you've earned it?

"You'll laugh out loud. Reading this book is like talking to a clued-up friend who also makes you feel great about yourself...amazingly frank...the honesty of their confessions exceed anything previously published!" ---The Evening Standard

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Summary: Highly Motivational!
Comment: I spent about 19 years going from slim and svelte to corpulent and colossal. Over the last few years I made a few half-hearted attempts at changing, either dieting or exercising for a week or two before throwing in the towel. I read all kinds of diet and exercise journals and spent a ton of (wasted) money on them.

This book is different.

First of all it is written by two people who have not only been obese and battled through the change, but they are willing to share not only the 'before' pictures but the trials and tribulations of the journey (including the failures).

Secondly it spends the first few chapters just getting to the point of WHY and HOW they got fat (and helping the reader to do the same). It gives some of the lies they told themselves (some of which were the same as mine), including avoiding photos/full length mirrors to avoid being confronted with their overweight bodies.

The perfect diet (IMO) is:

1. The one that works for YOU.
2. The one YOU can live with for the rest of your life.

It's not about dieting, as I've found out, it is about changing your "Way of Eating" and lifestyle - forever.

The Authors: The book is very blunt and straight to the point - which it NEEDS to be - if you can't handle being honest and blunt with yourself then you won't like India's writing. She is extremely blunt. Someone in another review called her "snarky", which I guess if you can't handle bluntness you might think that.

Neris on the other hand has a harder time coming to grips with her weight loss goals, getting motivated and staying motivated. There are quite a few of us who have 'dieted' who can relate to that. Throwing in the towel, giving up, feeling overwhelmed. It happens to a lot of people. I appreciated seeing that very human side of her and reading about her getting beyond it.

I give this book five stars and recommend it to everyone. Even if you do not feel that low carb is right for you as a diet, this is a recommended read just for the first few chapters. Even in the later chapters they tell you that if you skipped over those first few chapters you need to go back and read them.

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Summary: Dieters with Attitude
Comment: Reviewed by Vicky Burkholder
on 07/08/2008

I've read a lot of diet books. This is the first one written by someone who actually followed the diet. Neris and India are not dieticians, health experts, doctors, or any other expert on losing weight. What they are, is two women who were overweight and tried multiple diets until they found something that worked for them. What they came up with is basically a modified Atkins/South Beach diet that puts you through a heavy carb detox the first two weeks.

The language is frank - sometimes a little too frank (if you're opposed to the "f" word, skip a couple pages), but you don't doubt their sincerity. They are honest about their struggles and about how hard it is to lose weight. In the diet portion of the book, they are also honest about how they felt each day of the diet, including constipation, cravings, and generally feeling like crap. But they did lose weight - nearly 140 pounds between the two of them.

I have to admit reading this book was almost as entertaining as reading a novel. It is honest and pulls no punches. If I have any issues with it, they are because of the printing and some of the language. The language is noted above. Though realistic, it is disconcerting. The other issue is the colorization of the pages. The print is normal size black print but the pages are anything but normal white. They range from off white to dark gray. The darker the pages, the harder they are to read. Eyestrain is a definite possibility while attempting to read, especially when light is less than optimal. The publisher should pay less attention to cute marketing ploys and more attention to readability.

So, if you want a realistic book based on low or no-carb diet, and you've got excellent eyesight, this is a definite book for you. It will tell you what's going on and help you through the worst days to a new you. But as with any diet book, be sure to check with your doctor before trying anything.

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Summary: Very low carb diet, nothing new, but with a few nice motivational points
Comment: I really enjoyed the first part of this book, in which the authors describe how they came to the point of embarking on their diet together, and in which they encourage the reader to truly think about why she (this book is not written for men) overeats. There are also some nice tips on choosing clothes, pampering yourself in ways other than eating chips or chocolate, and staying motivated. But...the diet itself is the same old low carb diet that you can find in any number of diet books...and in what feels like a deceptive turn, the reader eventually learns that the authors did not even follow their own diet as described. Instead of observing a 2 week very-low-carb introductory period, as they recommend in the book, they observed a 6 MONTH introductory period- probably not recommended in the book because the publisher would not want to advocate something so extreme (and probably unhealthy). So basically, you could follow this diet quite faithfully but with no realistic expectation of losing 70 pounds in 1 year as each of the authors did.

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Summary: Supplements and Support Hose
Comment: I read about half this book, after a friend recommended it to me. Atkins. And snarky commentary.

I found India downright unpleasant, and Naris sort of wimpy, so I didn't relate to the "characters" very well, nor did I find their diet particularly "idiot proof." We'll see how they manage it for the long haul. Most people can lose weight. It's keeping it off for more than 3 years where the odds drop significantly.

I don't think their diet is sustainable for life, particularly not with 8 recommended vitamins and supplements. I mean, seriously, who wants to add a pharmacy bowl of pills to their breakfast every single day.

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Comment: This book is incredible! I'm on Day 10 of this eating plan and have lost 9 pounds! It truly is amazing. I've lost 40-lbs. up to now on the less-calories & less-fat approach but this way of eating is SO much less painless--once I got over the awful craving for breads, pasta, chips, etc. I'm just thrilled with the initial results. The first few days were pretty rough from carb cravings but once I got over that hump it's been very doable. I eat loads more veggies than I ever have and everything I eat is fresh. Nothing processed/altered--which is different from my other plan. I highly recommend this if you've "hit the wall" with your current diet. I feel SO MUCH better--no afternoon sluggishness and I wake up not feeling tired. India and Neris are a hoot and I love their daily entries for; it really helped me to read those. A+ and THANK YOU NERIS & INDIA!!! --A grateful reader.

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