Comments on: This Diet Book Has No Flavour and is Kind of Cardboardy Just another WordPress weblog Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:58:05 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Sat, 28 Apr 2007 21:00:44 +0000 Psst! It’s almost May. Write something writerly.

By: naridu Sun, 11 Mar 2007 07:47:14 +0000 I avoid reading most of those self help/losing weight books though I do have the ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’. I loved its idea of compensating your eating throughout the week rather than going without any of the fun foods. There is an amazing chocolate soufflé recipe in there too, that I admit to be too scared to try…but it looks SO good.

Looks like you beat me to the punch with the Dalek reference too, so in that case it would be me copying you, oh the thief that I am. 😉

By: aimee Sat, 10 Mar 2007 01:53:56 +0000 Scott, your farts are as charming as farts come. Which isn’t very charming, but still. Let’s have that conversation one day. You have everything you need to stalk me. I’m interested in getting your perspective. I’ll give French Women… a go, even though I snorted when I first heard the title, and yelled out “portion control? WELL DUH!” when someone leaked the secret to me.

Chris, my dear – thank you, you’re lovely, and it is about feeling comfortable again. It’s about learning balance. I’m not enjoying physically being in my body (although that’s starting to pass, and as I’m seeing results I’m feeling better), and that’s no way to live. My extremes are perhaps more extreme than many, as you know, which is what makes me cautious.

Gypped: Hello missy! Glad I could help. It can seem so lonely at times, no? I hate plateaus, and it’s so hard to remember they’re temporary (although I just busted the hell out of a two-weeker, yay me). It’s good your fella’s doing it too, that really helps. Stuart is supportive of my efforts, but steadfastly refuses to come to the gym with me, the big sook.

KATHRYN! Just thought of another reason to hate TCD, triggered by what you said about the weight loss surgery: she lost the weight by walking, but if she’d been doing any sort of weight training, it would have helped with the skin going back into place. She doesn’t mention anything about doing any exercise other than walking, which makes the fact that she’s giving advice to others even dodgier. Grr.

By: gypped Sat, 10 Mar 2007 01:14:16 +0000 hola chiquita. I loved this entry. my better half and I are currently attending the gym and eating healthy where we can and going through the plateau phase right now of ‘we’re doing all this work and nothing’s happening’. it’s nice to get some perspective.


By: Chris Thu, 08 Mar 2007 23:52:24 +0000 Wow. Firstly, huni, you have to realise that you’re not on the rolly-poly obese side of the spectrum, so all you have to worry about is how comfortable you do or do not feel (Obviously, it’s do-not, and i’m so resisting sticking a donut pun in here right now.) I so wanna go new-age all over your arse and tell you that it’s lifestyle change, not diet that matters, but that’s because i’m oh-so-much older and wiser than you :) That means i know everything and you don’t, and wot i do know is that if you wanna get comfrotable with yourself you don’t have to lose very much. I’m trying to teach this to Child 1 at the momet, and it’s hard work because of the world’s diet mentality.

My new ambition with you is to help you develop a healthy relationship to food etc. If you relax about some things, you won’t find it so hard. i hate seeing you unhappy about yourself, you’re way too spunky for that.

More on this in person, over lunch :)

By: Scott Wed, 07 Mar 2007 05:36:35 +0000 I would really love to have a conversation with you one day about health, weight loss, the weight-loss industry, life, the universe and everything – but I’d probably just end up standing on a chair farting on someone. Again.

I liked “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” I suspect you’d hate it a bit, but get over it and read it. It’s a good common sense primer to eating well – seasonal foods, real foods, the value of making foods, the importance of portion control, etc.

“The Zone” is by far the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of prescriptive dieting. There are several Zone books out now and as long as it’s not a Zone cookbook, it will probably have the basic gist of the diet – which is balancing the proportion of carbs, fats and protein in each and every meal. Taken a bit further, it sets out how to find out exactly how much you should eat for your body mass and activity level. When I rowed, I followed it and was the healthiest I’ve ever been. Some of the uber atheletes I’ve know have been religious about it, increasing mass and decreasing subcutaneous (bad) fat to almost nothing. And the diet is very fulfilling.

By: aimee Mon, 05 Mar 2007 22:45:34 +0000 Yes, that’s the one! I didn’t know that about tummy tucks, how interesting. And how further to illustrate my point!

I’ve never read any of Geneen Roth’s books, a lend would be great.

Also! I noticed that about the Shiny! too, but I think you got in first, so technically I am copying you and should return the dress to the shop. Although I think I called the post that because I had been watching a lot of Firefly around the time I posted, so everything remotely decent was shiny. I am nothing without my quotes from TV.

By: kathryn Mon, 05 Mar 2007 22:24:24 +0000 Is that the book where she says she used to spit at her reflection in the mirror when she was fat? I read that and found a lot of it disturbing. I also read the sequel where she renews her wedding vows. Most of the book is plugging the reception centre, the florist etc who gave her free stuff. Dodgy as hell.

And, while I’m bitching, I found it really worrying that she had a tummy tuck immediately after losing the weight. Most people say you have to wait 1-2 years because your skin keeps shrinking, but obviously some surgeons are more interested in the money.

Have you read the books by Geneen Roth? They are prolly some of the best out there – more about the emotional/mental side of weight loss than dieting. Although she does go with the ‘eat what you want and forbid nothing’ approach which I’m too scared to try because I’d go bankrupt! I’ve got a couple of them and if you want to borrow them, let me know :)

Btw, I just noticed your title on your last post was ‘Shiny’ and I used that on one of my posts but I didn’t do it to copy you, honest. How embarassing, is that like turning up to a party in the same dress?