Years ago I once claimed that if I wrote a diet book it would contain only four words: ‘Eat less, move more’. However after realising that it wasn’t always as clear cut as that, I have aimed in this book to expand on that statement without changing the concept in anyway. By reading this book I do not want you to embark on another diet. Rather I want you to stop dieting, and start eating, just normally from now on! Eating should not be a battle, and foods are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Eating is healthy, sociable, enjoyable and above all a necessity.

Eat Drink and Be Slim is not a ‘diet’ book. It is a re-education of normal eating that you can do anywhere, anytime, every day for the rest of your life. This is normal eating.

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Faith Toogood of ITV’s Daybreak and The Biggest Loser, Bariatric Specialist Dietitian, Southmead Hospital says:

You have picked up this book which probably means that a part of you, however small, is thinking about becoming healthier. What a great place to start and this book will provide you with safe, sensible and sound nutrition and lifestyle advice.

Managing body weight can seem like a battle. New ‘weapons’ in the war against excess weight are being churned out on a daily basis and we fight a relentless battle in our head, trying to work out what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’. We are tempted with the latest fad diet, promising to dissolve inches and drop pounds in days and when we fail at these impossible and unsustainable regimes we feel like a failure. As a society we want a quick fix; we avoid taking any responsibility for our eating, hoping that the latest fad diet or slimming pill will ‘sort us out’ and do it for us. It won’t.

We need to take back control of our relationship with food. We need to empower ourselves around food and realise that every time we put something in our mouth, we make a choice. This book is about supporting you to make the right choices.

Eating well is about balance; balancing expectations, balancing nutrients and balancing the position of food within our lives. It is not about being perfect and it is not about deprivation and hunger.

This book will guide you through the basics of eating well, not only showing you how to achieve this within the context of a busy life but and also how to enjoy the journey! It is packed full of delicious recipes and genuinely useful tips that will ease you into your new healthier lifestyle.

This is a hugely valuable book. A no-nonsense approach that shows quite brilliantly that it is indeed possible to eat, drink and be slim!

Wishing you well along your healthier path and hoping that you have plenty of fun getting there.

Faith Toogood.


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