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The Karl Lagerfeld Diet Paperback – April 1, 2005

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Famed couturier Lagerfeld was determined to lose weight, not because he was obese or suffered from health problems, but because he wanted to wear clothes designed for younger, slimmer men. His vanity paid off: he lost 80 pounds in a year on the "Spoonlight program." The three phases of the Paris general practitioner Houdret's regime are not exactly groundbreaking—they involve limited calorie intake; no refined, fatty or fried foods; and an emphasis on lean proteins and fresh vegetables. The bulk of the book provides no-nonsense yet elegant (read: French) recipes for approved dishes, rated according to the diet's different phases. So far so good, yet some later sections seem incongruous, especially the ones where Lagerfeld and Houdret discuss face-lifts, and the chapter on exercise is rather strange ("If you really want to change the look of your breasts, you will need cosmetic surgery. To tone them, sprinkle them with cold water every morning and perform the following exercises"). The book is really a hybrid art book/diet manual, and its best chance for success stateside (it has sold nearly 200,000 copies worldwide) may lie in the former. For it appears certain aspects of this diet have been lost in translation. Photos. (May)
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About the Author

Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg in 1939. He is a clothes designer, photographer, publisher, bookseller, and gallery owner. In 1996, he was awarded the "Prix culturel" by the German Photographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie). Lagerfeld lives in Paris.

Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret is a general practitioner specializing in nutrition, aesthetics, herbal medicine, and homeopathy. He teaches medicine at the University of Paris 13 and is the author of several books, he lives and works in Paris.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; Pap/Pstr edition (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576872513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576872512
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Jean-Claude Houdret, architect of the Spoonlight (his supplement brand name) program -- renamed here "the Karl Lagerfeld Diet" after the famous haute couture designer lost over 88 pounds and maintained a weight that enabled him to wear clothing that he had last worn when he was 18 years old -- advocates a simple-to-understand but perhaps difficult-to-implement regime of three phases where the emphasis is eating mainly protein and certain vegetables and maximizing muscle retention by adding his pre packaged protein supplements. Mr. Lagerfeld freely comments throughout this pleasantly formatted book in blue-fonted asides, relaying dieting tips and offering support in the form of his own personal experience complete with line drawings, photographs and even a poster summarizing the plan to hang in your kitchen pantry door.

Speaking strictly from a practical level, as certain phases of this diet rely on substituting Dr. Houdret's protein supplements for actual meals, -- Dr Houdret's dieting concept hinges on the fact that the unhealthy loss of muscle mass during weight loss can be avoided by adding extra protein to each meal -- this diet plan may not be feasible simply because the Spoonlight product is not easily obtained. That is not to say that Houdret does not advocate the consumption of real food - the recipes that make up the bulk of this book require great seasonal ingredients. These actual meals debut in the second phase of the plan and their frequency increases as reliance on the protein sachets decreases in phase 3--- But don't get confused and think that this is just a recant of other recent European idea imports like "the French Fallacy", the "Montignac Method" or "French Women Don't Get Fat,"that advocate enjoying real food in limited quantities.
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Take it seriously and not too seriously but it's a nice book to keep for those interested in Karl Lagerfeld, the much celebrated flamboyant fashion guru of the House of Chanel. With the typical Lagerfeld flair, he shares his wisdom of the art of living and dieting. Working together with Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret, this is a tried and true diet book with the most adorable artistic touch. Not only are we given the know-how to preparing the mind and developing the willpower necessary to commit to the diet, it offers a hundred and twenty gourmet recipes developed by Dr Houdret exclusively for Karl Lagerfeld. In addition, Lagerfeld offers personal advice and tips for staying slim, fit and attractive, which includes skin and health care, stress management and cosmetic treatments and surgery if required. The book caters for those who want to "...lose either the few pounds they feel should be sacrificed for their happiness or the several dozen pounds that are detrimental to their survival." The slimmed down and elegant Karl Lagerfeld is testament to his successful diet and his book, the ultimate accessory for healthy living. Even if you are not into dieting, you will be fascinated by the way that food can be turned into artwork beautifully presented. A sure way to avoid gluttony!! Enjoy.
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This book is not really what I expected. From reading other readers' reviews I knew a bit what to anticipate, but I did think there would be a bit more sustenance. I'm a big Karl Lagerfeld fan, so it was money well spent, but the point of the book, like any other diet, is to turn attention to what you're really eating. There are only 17 pages of actual diet planning, the rest is a slew of sidenotes.

The supplements are pretty pricey, and hard to pin down exactly what you need. Interesting book though, I'm happy with it.
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The best thing about this book is that we get to see pictures of what Karl Lagerfeld looked like when he was young and handsome, before he got that strange little gray ponytail and the tinted sunglasses. You KNOW what I'm talking about. The diet isn't so much rigorous as it is regimented and you have to buy the doctor's supplements as well. Get the book for the pictures of Monsieur Lagerfeld, eat healthily, and ignore the rest.
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I'm in the process of totally changing my life to loose weight that I've carried around for years. I was really expecting this book to be an inspiring story of one mans struggle in the ruthless world of fashion to fit it and how he eventually overcome adversity. Not so. The book starts with a question and answer style interview with KL that is basically about what suits he likes to wear. Then the book moves straight into the kind of nutritional advice you learn in elementary school....don't consume more calories than you expend, cut out sugar, increase protein intake. We all know this, if it was that easy no-one would be overweight! There are lots of recipes in the book which seem decent so I'm giving it two stars for that reason really.
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By LR on January 9, 2014
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To learn how he did it. His maintenance program is one to study from the perspective of a diabetic looking to have the same calorie count for daily diet. Meals are presented in a beautiful way even though he must have meals prepared by a chef. (how lucky!) I will begin trying various recipes and as this book has some years on it, I would love meal and recipe update particurly showing presentation which is so nice. Quick read. It is a contribution to the world of obesity. Once you are overweight it is so hard to lose it and Karl Lagerfeld has succeeded and maintained. Of course your doctor needs to give stamp of approval. The beginning of the diet is too severe in my opinion.
All in all a must read for anyone trying to lose weight even if a different type of diet might be better..
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