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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: One Peace Books (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978508432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978508432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shiho Torii is a well-known author and illustrator of numerous titles on health and beauty. She has received much acclaim for her blog, which is ranked number one under the illustration division of most visited blogs in Japan and garnered the respect and support of many young women. However, she is still on a quest to find an ultimate weight-loss method that will win the battle once and for all. Shiho currently lives in Kawasaki, Japan.

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It's very funny.
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I will be honest that I was pretty skeptical of this book.
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The content is serious, losing weight!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2009
Shiho Torii is a Japanese manga (comic book) author who decided to keep a running blog for 5 months on her attempts to lose 15 pounds. This ends up to be a very funny look at how universal weight loss and stress really are.

So first - to be clear - this is NOT an expert guidance on the best ways to lose weight. It is not a seriously written tome about diet A vs diet B. It is one woman's fun, stressful, detailed journey through a wild variety of attempts, all told in comic book format. She definitely has misperceptions, which is fine! She complains that she "only" lost 2 pounds in a week, when this is healthy (and over 5 months would have her lose 40 pounds, far more than the 15 she was aiming for). She repeats outrageous, 1800s era advice about "don't bathe during your period".

She even states that taking a 20 minute bath burns 100 calories - when everything I've read says taking a bath is NO DIFFERENT than watching TV and that's only 68 calories an hour (i.e. 23 calories for 20 minutes).

But for all of that, Shiho is delightfully fresh and frank in her willingness to try *anything*. She tries hypnosis. NASA steam machines. GI diets. Enemas. Various exercise systems. Along the way she learns what works well for her, what is ridiculous, and has a lot of fun.

It's fairly clear why some of these diets will NOT work. One diet says to load your plate as high as you want, but never go back for seconds. That's a clear encouragement to gorge! Another diet insists you not drink water, which will dehydrate you.

Shiho provides a lot of information that is useful no matter what your health choices. If you get into a weight plateau, don't stress about it. Keep eating healthy, exercising regularly, and your body will take care of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By strelax on August 27, 2009
It's very funny. Comical weight reduction challenger's story. good for those who is going to start losing weight or has given up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on August 25, 2009
Good summer read! People who have a good sense of humor about struggling to lose a few pounds will appreciate this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan Hewitt on September 1, 2009
I think this must be the first manga style weight loss book out there. Innovative, fun and light-hearted! Takes the pressure off of weight management and makes it a more enjoyable process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader in the South on September 1, 2009
So I Need to Lose 15 Pounds is absolutely hilarious. As one of the many who probably takes weight loss and dieting too seriously, I really appreciated this book's lightheartedness and laugh-out-loud illustrations. There is something especially great about being taken along for the ride as the author shares her dieting highs (and lows.)
A great gift, and the perfect book for anyone who is looking for a good chuckle.
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