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How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner--Without Dieting! Paperback – March 7, 2011
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"Krupp's advice--delivered in just the right knowledgeable-yet-commiserating tone--makes excellent sense. When it comes to clothes and the female figure, the author understands how proportion, balance, and color make the difference between lumpy and lovely, frumpy and fabulous."
Praise for HOW NOT TO LOOK OLD:
"The woman knows what she's doing...A bullet-pointed battle cry against the forces of aging."
--- New York Times, 2008
"Addictive. That's the best word for this beauty/fashion guide...Her focus isn't on sex appeal. It's about giving women specific, usually inexpensive tips."
--- USA Today, 2008
"Frank advice on the little details."
--- Wall Street Journal
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The book covers all sorts of body types such as big bust, wide face, arm flap, large belly, wide hips and thighs, big booty, heavy calves, wide feet and ankles. There is also a chapter on how to never look fat in summer, another for winter, another for workout clothes and one for evening clothes. A final chapter tells you what to do with your cast offs.
Each chapter has photos of famous people used as examples--mostly stars, but even Michelle Obama pops up in a couple. Each chapter also has quite a few special sections. "You know you have it when..." contains a checklist to see if you have the problem. There is a list of "High-fat/No-fat" clothing and accessories analyzed for their potential fat-making content. The "Swap-outs" section tells you how to exchange pieces of fashion for your body type. There is also a list of "10 Things that Make You Look Fat." "Thinner by Tonight!" provides "instant gratification" for dropping a dress size in seconds. "Brilliant Buys" gives specific recommendations for products that work, detailing brands, style number, prices and where to get them. The "Vows" section has (sometimes humorous) vows for your type. There is also special advice for the petite as well as the size 14 and up.Read more ›
I'm writing this review as a woman who is really, actually, fat.
Let's start with the first chapter, which is when I should have known to return this book. Charla Krupp suggests "psychological counseling" for women who are more than 50 pounds overweight. Which is nice - if you have insurance and that insurance covers it. Most health insurance in the US does not cover any treatment for obesity, including counseling.
Also -- and most importantly -- if a fat person picks up a book like this, they want advice for NOW, not when they lose fifty pounds. If I lost fifty pounds, I wouldn't need the bloody book! And don't get me started on her obvious lack of knowledge of many common medical reasons behind weight gain -- I realize this isn't a medical book, but if you are going to write a book about fat, you need to have some understanding of why people get fat and understand that it is not always simply a matter of will. This is obvious in, as another review mentioned, her attitude (and our cultural attitudes) towards being fat.
Krupp gets some things dead wrong. Things like facts, which make me wonder, where was her editor? For example, in the chapter about fat arms the author mentions a friend who had bariatric surgery, lost a bunch of weight, then had plastic surgery to fix floppy skin. The friend had a lot of side effects from the surgery - long scars, lack of feeling in the arms, etc. Krupp then archly says, "Dumbbells, anyone?Read more ›
Each chapter features 3 or 4 pictures of celebrities. Unfortunately, these are mostly pictures of model-thin celebrities. I counted 3 pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, 2 of Jada Pinkett Smith - you get the idea. She does have a few pictures of larger women such as one of Jennifer Hudson and one of Queen Latifah, but I would have expected quite a few more pictures of stylish women that wear more than a size 2. Where was Oprah?
As a final point, I wasn't impressed by Charla's after picture. Yes, of course she looks better than the before picture, but that's not a high bar to cross. Why is she wearing such a shapeless sack dress in her after picture? She's an attractive woman. Why did her dress hide her shape rather than emphasizing her good points?
If you still think you need to read this book, get it at the library. It's not worth buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book with great pictures. But we don't agree on everything. Just added it to my repertoire of ideas.Published 3 days ago by Canary
Common sense, good advice. Still reading, it takes time to read and put into practice. Great concept!Published 1 month ago by PeanutsUpNorth
There were a lot of awesome tips in this book on how to dress for every body type. I highly suggest buying this book!Published 3 months ago by Teresa Dow
to be fair, if you are GENERALLY thin, and simply have some trouble spots (like a tummy bulge or etc) then this book may indeed be very helpful.
if not? Read more
This book I love. The tips in this book actually make sense and I've applied several. The advice in this book really helpsPublished 5 months ago by J. Grady