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Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet: A Weight-Loss Plan for Real Women Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 7, 2008

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Amazingly frank.the honesty of their confessions exceed anything previously published Evening Standard A compulsive read with good advice, whether you want to lose five pounds or five stone. It addresses the emotional issues of eating. Completely delicious and simple to make recipes Mail on Sunday The down-to-earth duo are brutally honest, not just about their own eeating habits, but also their recognition that food is often closely linked with emotional problems.will certainly put you on track for better eating habits She Crammed with real dieters' hilarious motivation-boosting tips and anecdotes Cosmopolitan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

India Knight is the author of My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me and The Shops. She is a columnist for The (British) Sunday Times and is a mother of three. Neris Thomas is a film producer and artist; she has one daughter.

For years Neris and India used to bump into each other at parties; invariably wearing the same dress, because they were both on the porky side, but with a taste for clothes. However, this year they are buying each other tiny little designer jeans.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wellness Central (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446508764
  • ASIN: B002T4501Y
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,840,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Neris and India are the Trinny and Susannah (of What Not to Wear fame) of dieting. This book could have easily been called "What Not to Weigh," and it is more of a dieting companion than an actual plan. The Idiot-Proof Diet is basically a low-carb diet with a slight spin and some really wonderful recipes (sadly too few of them) thrown in.

The humorous, self-effacing tone is engaging and the journal-style entries truly make the reader want to join Neris and India on their day-to-day ups-and-downs of trying to lose weight - which they successfully accomplish. There are lots of great and useful tips, too. This book is basically for weight loss support, and it successfully fulfills that mission in an utterly charming way rarely found in other diet books.

This is definitely a book that appeals to women. I don't think men would identify with it at all, but of course the subtitle lays that out.
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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.
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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. on the less-calories & less-fat approach but this way of eating is SO much less painless--once I got over bad craving breads, pasta, etc.. I'm just thrilled. 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 fresh. Nothing processed/altered. 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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For those who aren't used to British humor I can see how this book can be offensive. Me, on the other hand, was laughing my butt off. This book felt like it was speaking to me and all my "diet" issues in the past. I lost 8 pounds in my first week and now down 24 total in 2 months. I have 68 lbs to loose (now 44). I am not sure about other people but the weight loss did slow down from the initial weeks. I am still in phase I and feel really healthy. I haven't had my first alcoholic drink yet and saving that for my halfway goal. Saw my doctor for any concerns and he just mentioned to stick with lean meats to save my cholesteral. I have to admit it was tough in the States to find items without sugar or sugar additives (like dextrose in many salamis) in lunch meats, but they are out there. Hebrew National will save your life. Once you have a 3-week grocery list you are set. I make the same thing for my kids and just add a carb side dish for them. My husband is doing it with me and he has lost 23 lbs. I haven't had any cravings, even for alcohol! Ok, maybe that occasional cookie but it's only during a certain time of the month.
I wanted to point out that the book is a "guide" and Neris and India share their own experience and what worked for them. Not everyone is one size fits all. If you need further advice to what you can or cannot eat see their website and check out the 'Forum' link. Everyone is very helpful. For those in the States, find a message board for 'United States' or 'America'. [...]
Good luck to those who started. I have read the book all the way through twice and still pick it up for advice, recipes or just companionship. It's weird, I know..but whatever it takes. Thank you Neris and India!
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