Every week, BTBS will review a fitness or weight loss related book.This week, the book is Neris and Linda's Idiot-Proof Diet by Linda Knight and Neris Thomas.
What I really love about this book is that it's written by actual people in the real world that have lost a significant amount of weight (10 stone each!) and not just some dietitian in a stuffy office, who's never been overweight in their lives. Neris and Linda are also very likable and write so well that they seem like they are your friends cheering you on along the way, which is sometimes exactly what you need.
The book acts as your diet coach and a workbook to record your goals and measurements in, but as well as that it contains many tips about confidence and self esteem, fashion, make-up, and dealing with unhelpful friends. Most weight loss books leave this stuff out, but I think it's sometimes the most important information to have at hand. One of the most common complaints of women looking to losing weight is that they lack confidence and self esteem, so why there are not more weight loss books that address this issue I can't imagine.
As for the tips for dealing with 'unhelpful friends' (a topic I've also written about), it's comforting to know that other people go through this too and to see how they handle it, it's one of the features of the book that really sets it apart from the 'professional' weight loss 'experts' and let's face it, who could be more of a weight loss expert than those who have actually lost weight and kept it off for years afterwards? Which Neris and Linda both have.
The only criticism I have of this book, and it's down to personal preference really, is the promotion of a low-carb diet. I understand that this works for some people, but it wouldn't work for me. I've lost 50lbs to date and I eat carbs, in fact I love pasta, and rice, and bread, and potatoes. So cutting out these would make me moody, tired, lethargic and I wouldn't be able to stick to it, or maintain the diet afterwards. Again, I've heard low-carbing works well for some people, but if it doesn't suit you, don't worry and don't listen to the low-carbers that tell you it's impossible to lose weight if you eat carbs, it simply isn't. As I've mentioned before, I rely on a calories in/out equation and use an app to help.
Overall (and putting the Low-carb method aside) I recommend the book for anyone losing weight that would like guidance on fashion for curves and confidence, make-up, and self esteem boosting tips. This is in addition to the amusing anecdotes and the motivational pep talks along the way. The message from the book that always stuck with me this time last year (when I had just stared losing weight), was "this is the heaviest I'll ever be. I'll never be this fat again." just repeating that to myself when I was trying to kick my butt out of bed to workout, got me through it.
You can buy your copy of Neris and Linda's Idiot Proof Diet here:
If you missed BTBS's previous book reviews, you can find them here (No.1) and here (No. 2)