Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delaney (Book Review)

Every week, BTBS will review a fitness or weight loss related book. 

This week the book is Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delaney. This book is like a cross between Shauna Reid's The Amazing Advetures of Diet Girl and Neris and Linda's Idiot-Proof Diet in that it details the trials and tribulations of Delaney's weight loss journey but also shares tips and advice. 

Secrets of a Former Fat Girl is divided into chapters that correspond to a 'diet secret'. My favourite is Chapter 2: Keep it a Secret. As a topic I've previously blogged about, I'm a big fan of this approach. It saves us from any unnecessary embarrassment and interfering questions when we're just finding our feet in the weight loss journey. Delaney's personal story behind her choice to keep her diet a secret, is one that all of as can relate to and probably have our own equally sore memory from our childhood (without giving anything away). Interestingly she points out how secret eating can turn into secret dieting! 

Delaney also includes valuable tips such as fashion advice for the self conscious, changing your diet without starving or depriving yourself, exercising for the first time and surviving those awkward social occasions that revolve around food. You'll also learn the power of the mantra "It's not an option", which I'd love printed on a t-shirt! 

For me, one of the key messages in this book is that knowing a Former Fat Girl (FFG) can hep you though the tough times and you may find this FFG in the most unexpected places, including personal trainers, marathon runners and fitness instructors! This shocked me at first, as I used to look at these amazingly active, energetic and slim people and think to myself, "they have no idea how hard it is to be this size". After talking with some of my gym's instructors and speaking to marathon runners over Twitter and Facebook, I began to think of them as the 'after' images to my 'before', in other words, what I had the potential to become. Now that I'm nearing my goal weight, I find myself on the other side of this. People that I've just recently met, assume that I've always been this size and incredibly active. I have to admit, it is amusing to see the shock on their face when I tell them I've lost 52lbs to get here and that despite swimming 100 lengths nowadays, I couldn't do this a year ago. So yes, Delaney has it spot on here, knowing a FFG (even online) can mean the difference between success and failure.

Overall, Secrets of a Former Fat Girl is another ideal book for anyone wanting to start losing weight. Stocking up on books like this is the perfect solution to finding motivation and inspiration, especially on the days when you've convinced yourself that weight loss just isn't possible. For more great books, be sure to check out BTBS's previous book reviews, which you'll find here: No.1No. 2,  No.3 No.4 & No.5

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