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Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Tallmadge’s latest offering in the fickle world of weight loss is a standout.”
Dieting: It’s not about denial anymore....The recipes in Tallmadge’s bookfrom heavyweight chefs like Jacques Pépinare a far cry from rabbit food.”
New York Post
Invaluable: lifelong lessons on how to lose weight healthfully.”
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).
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!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book features 195 tricks & helpful tips for managing to survive on a diet. Author Katherine Tallmadge has been there, walked the walk, & here offers a wealth of strategies to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by NHBunion
Just random ideas such as give up sodas, loose pounds. Already knew this!Published 22 months ago by candice burgess
Not very helpful. Some suggestions are decent, most are obvious. really need more simple menusPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I do not enjoy reading diet or health related books, but this is an easy read.Published on July 19, 2014 by Tammy brown
Great book chock full of good tips! I'm a health coach and I often use this book as a resource.Published on December 4, 2013 by piney94
Understand that this is a lifestyle change and not a fad diet! Katherine Tallmadge's simple tips in her book, her guidance and motivation helped me understand nutrition and how to... Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Mark i
The challenge when you need to lose a bunch of weight is that it seems so daunting. It's hard to start because you feel like there's this huge mountain you have to climb and you're... Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Margie
After quitting smoking and struggling a bit with the joys of middle age....a bit thicker through the middle, a bit of high blood pressure, a bit of elevated cholesterol, a bit less... Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Cindy Mize