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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lifeline Press; NONE,Expanded edition (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260703
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

“Tons of fun ways to slash stealth calories from your everyday diet for dramatic, lasting results. The ultimate girlfriends’ guide to shaking those Velcro pounds.”
Shape Magazine

“Tallmadge’s latest offering in the fickle world of weight loss is a standout.”
—e-diets.com

“Dieting: It’s not about denial anymore....The recipes in Tallmadge’s book—from heavyweight chefs like Jacques Pépin—are a far cry from rabbit food.”
New York Post

“Invaluable: lifelong lessons on how to lose weight healthfully.”
Washington Post
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, is internationally recognized and respected in the nutrition and weight loss field. She is also prized and sought after by the media for her expertise. National Spokesperson for The American Dietetic Association, she regularly appears on CNN and FOX News, and major network news programs such as ABC’s Good Morning America, 20/20, and ABC Nightly News, NBC’s Today Show and Evening News, and CBS’s Good Morning and CBS Nightly News. She has been featured on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, The Emeril Lagasse Show, and PBS’s Talk of the Nation. She is quoted in USA Today, Newsweek, the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart, and others. She is an award-winning journalist and has written columns for The Washington Post, Shape Magazine, Vegetarian Times, and Restaurants & Institutions. She regularly contributes to Politico, Eating Well Magazine and others. She has been named “Best Nutritionist” by The Washington Post and Harpers’ Bazaar. Katherine is passionate about helping people transform their health and their lives. She has been sharing her insights through counseling, corporate wellness programs, speaking engagements, and media appearances for more than twenty years.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Her tips are easy to understand and do.
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I'm a busy mother of two 3 year olds and it is one of the few books that you can just pick up and read a page or two and come away with something to implement.
Deborah Kobernick
The best part of her method is that it's genuine lifestyle change --something I feel confident I can do forever.
Jennifer Elliott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are a traditional dieter you may enjoy Tallmadge's book, "Diet Simple". In the book Tallmadge gives a number of tips on how to fit in exercise and eat less calories. However, most of the tips will be ones you already know. And many of the tips are repeated in the book in a slightly different manner.
For example one tip suggests you walk a dog, another tip says you lead a conga line at work for 5 minutes each hour of the business day, and yet another tip suggests you walk more.
Other Tallmadge tips include eating less calories by making substitutions. She suggests in one tip that you give up ice cream or at least eat less. And another tips suggests you eat fruit with chocolate syrup instead of ice cream - more repetition.
Very few of the ideas add anything new to what most women's magazines or diet books will tell you. Drink more water to feel fuller, eat salad so you don't eat something else, find less caloric substitutes for chocolate cravings.
The one twist Katherine adds to the book is she guesses at how many calories (and thus pounds) you might lose in a year if you follow the suggestion given.
As I stated earlier the book is geared to the traditional eat less, exercise more mode of weight loss. If you are following a low carb diet, for example, many of the suggestions will not work for you. In one tip she recommends coating your berries with chocolate syrup. 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup contain 24 grams of carbs which would not be beneficial to a low carber!
At the back of the book she gives batch recipes. Many are geared to a batch for 4 or 6. So they not as suitable for families as they are for couples. The recipes involve wholesome foods and clear directions are given.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Philip Mudd on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Tallmadge's book, Diet Simple,to me is slightly reminiscent of the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonomous. Not that it recommends a 12 step program for people who overeat or who have spent a lifetime battling weight and eating disorders, rather it offers those of us who strugle with these issues some experiance, strength and hope.
In the introduction Ms. Tallmadge briefly touches on the behavioral patterns and problems related to eating of three generations of her own family. Fortunately this is up frount in the book because her discussion of her own struggle with over eating, and her cycle of gaining and loosing weight pulled me in and was something I could relate to, the classic "yo yo" pattern as she puts it.
Some of the information in this book is stuff that I have read somewhere maybe in a woman's magazine, drink more water, exercise, eat less, etc. However after doing a Google search under the authors name I found that she had written many of these articals. Ms Tallamdge approch has talked me down from the ledge of these carb addict diet books and has me eating oatmeal for breakfast! I have never had more energy for my morning work outs than I do with this suggestion. I was on a protein regime that I though was helping me but I was stuck. These Diet Simple suggestions are balanced and not harsh. In the two months since I picked up the book I have lost 15 lbs.
The author's experiance as a practicing nutritionist shows in the many suggestions, mental tricks, substitions, habits and inspirations she anecdotally atributes to from work she has done with her clients over the years. My suggestion is that you skip the nutritionist, come to a place where you are ready to change, use this book as a tool and spend the money you save on new clothes.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Elliott on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Tallmadge's approach is simple and motivating--I've found it easy to follow and by making very small changes to my daily habits I have managed to lose 40 pounds. The best part of her method is that it's genuine lifestyle change --something I feel confident I can do forever.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Great book for those of us who know we need to eat well and exercise, but just need a little more. She is easy to read and understand. I love the way she layed out each tip with what to do, why, and how much you'll lose over a year by doing this. It's so easy to find simple things that you can do to help lose weight from her long list of things to try. And it works, I lost weight right away just by doing a couple of new things. I highly recommend this book!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2002
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I read this book straight through and loved it. I still refer to it on a regular basis because the layout has easy to read headings with advice that sounds like common sense, but most people just don't think about how effective the little things can be at controlling your weight. It's not fasting, it's not junk science -- it's little strategies to get through everyday and not-so-everyday life (like cocktail parties, air travel, holidays).
In addition to the simple strategies, there's a section of recipes to make for eating during the week. Nothing fancy here, just good, tasty alternatives to pizza, burgers, etc. The recipes are easy to make, delicious, and two are from two of my favorite DC restaurants (Galileo's and Nora).
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Kobernick on May 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe I've lost 8 lbs. already. I've only implemented 2 of her tips so far, numbers #4 and #43. And it is was easy. I don't even realize that I'm dieting -- it's that simple. I love all the tips in this book, especially the ones for emotional eating.
This book is very easy to read. I'm a busy mother of two 3 year olds and it is one of the few books that you can just pick up and read a page or two and come away with something to implement. I would receommend this book for anyone trying to lose weight and who doesn't want to change their whole household and whole lifestyle at once. You can ease into it gradually!!
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