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[The] diet sensation of the decade. (Daily Mirror, UK)

[Dr. Gillian McKeithÆs] no-nonsense weight-loss plan has produced real results. (Now, UK)

About the Author

Gillian McKeith, Ph.D., is the internationally acclaimed clinical nutritionist and director of the renowned McKeith Research Centre in London. Her extensive clientele includes professional and Olympic athletes, members of the royal family, and famous celebrities. Dr. Gillian is the presenter of You Are What You Eat, a smash hit prime-time TV show in the UK, and the author of the number-one bestselling book You Are What You Eat, which is now being translated into other languages around the world.  She is also the author of Living Food for Health (Piatkus/Basic). Raised in Scotland, Gillian now travels extensively, giving lectures and seminars to packed audiences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287174
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian McKeith (PhD) is an internationally acclaimed holistic nutritionist and presenter of the hit Celador prime time television programme for Channel 4, You Are What You Eat, watched by millions of viewers in more than 34 countries around the world.
Gillian McKeith has written ten books, including the number one, best-selling books based on the series: You Are What You Eat and You Are What You Eat Cookbook. There are more than 3 million copies of Gillian McKeith books now in print in more than 35 countries around the globe. She is the top selling health author of the last five years.

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169 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Shaz on November 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Gillian McKeith isn't telling us anything we don't already know, she is just blunty telling us that we don't feel well, we probably don't look too good, and it's time to do something about it.

Rather than being marketed as a weight loss regime, Gillian begins the book with getting to know your body from the inside out. She feels the tongue is "a window to the organs". As in reflexology, each part of the tongue corresponds to certain organs (e.g. the extreme tip represents the heart, the sides refer to the gallbladder and liver), and certain conditions tell us what's going on inside of us. For example, tiny cracks on the tongue reflect a vitamin B deficiency, a long crack down the middle is a strong indicator that your stomach is weak and you have a hard time digesting food, etc. Everything from bowel movements to pimply bumps on the arms is covered, and what each symptom likely means.

Gillian encourages a vegetarian diet for 8 weeks, which should begin with a colonic to "clean house". If you've never had a colonic, it's a unique experience. So much old food and gunk is flushed out, leaving you feeling less bloated (you may feel tired afterwards due to detoxing, but I've found that feeling goes away within 24 hours). YAWYE lists a plethora of foods you can eat, called "Gillian's Diet of Abundance". Measuring is not necessary, which is refreshing. Gillian encourages us to follow the simple rules of eating, e.g. eat fruit on it's own, or at least 30 minutes before other food, as it digests the fastest. Fruit eaten after other foods will sit on top of that food and putrify in your stomach, leading to gas and bloating. Never eat meat and starchy foods together.
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful By QueensGirl on May 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book of its kind that I have ever picked up. Most nutrition/diet books put me to sleep, but Dr. McKeith lays everything out in simple, clear language and really keeps the reader interested in what she has to say. More importantly, she does not talk down or preach. She simply gives you the information you need to make intelligent decisions about what you put in your body. I don't agree with just popping a pill for any little thing, and I always like to look for natural alternatives, so I found the information on healing with food and natural supplements extremely helpful. After only 4 days of following her simple food combining rules, I already felt more energized and the bloat completely disappeared. The most interesting part is that I feel less hungry when I eat this way. Who knew?

I think it's important not to take an all-or-nothing attitude towards this or any other nutritional plan. Dr. McKeith herself even says that if you follow most of her advice most of the time, you will already make huge improvements in your overall health. Sure, she advises against refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, red meat and a number of other things, but that's her job. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm going to give up my morning cup of coffee, my glass of wine or the occasional slice of pizza. What it does mean, though, is that I want to make good food choices on a daily basis, so that I can feel good, look good and hopefully *crosses fingers* decrease the impact of the few bad things I do. Hell, we all sometimes eat and drink things that are probably not good for us, but the point is that you can still make plenty of healthy choices every day.

Dr. McKeith advocates eating foods in their raw, natural state as often as possible.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Scotiae on November 24, 2007
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I had just about given up on losing weight and decided that at 53 I was what I was...until I saw "You Are What You Eat" on BBC America. After watching Gillian McKeith take people who ate a diet far, far worse than mine and turning their life around in just 8 weeks, I thought, "Why not try it?" I began using just the material I had gotten from the programs. I copied recipes and bought a juicer (A Breville Ikon 900, which by the way, is fantastic!). I anticipated missing many of my favorite foods, but thought I would give it a shot. After the first three days I missed nothing. I eat a variety of grains....quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, millet, loads of veggies, fruits, nuts, and fish a couple times a week. In two months I have lost a total of 21 pounds, 16 of which were body fat pounds, and have reduced my bust, waist and hip measurements by 12.5 inches. I exercise 1/2 hour a day 6 days a week (a mixture of Pilates and a gym circuit workout) but before I had no energy to exercise. Now I look forward to it. I have also decreased my glucose readings from 115 before the eating plan to 90 currently.

Her premise is that after your body weight stabilizes you need only follow her course 80% of the time and can indulge yourself the other 20%.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who has become discouraged with other plans. Make a two month commitment to yourself and give Gillian a try!
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112 of 131 people found the following review helpful By R. Song on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
The basic premise of this book is that the less processed your food is the better it is for you. Most Americans want to reject that or think that what you eat doesn't matter. But Dr McKeith just tells the truth, you put garbage in you get garbage out. You reap what you sow. A lot of people want to eat their Big Macs and talk about how "healthy" they are.

Yes, some of the food she reccomends is a little more expensive, but not most of it and most of it can be found at the grocery store. To the previous reviewers I have to say: Your grocery store has something called a "Produce Section", Look in the Produce Section and you will be able to find the food she suggests. For those of you who weren't interested in the colonics which were barely mentioned, she suggested a detox program as an alternative.

I've already been eating well, but I still got a lot out of this book. She explains food combining, some ways to check your health, ways to detox and a quick start program.

Yes, self-diagnosis is important. I see people go over their lawn and their car with a fine tooth comb but don't know anything about their own bodies. American health care isn't much more than "take this pill and if it doesn't improve, here's more pills".

I've read other books along the same lines, but I like this one the best because the information is set in a upbeat format that is easy to grasp. However, I do wish that she had added more recipes.
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