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And it is refreshing.
It’s also very pink, very girlie and very original in its approach (and with more knickers between the covers than any other book).
Unable to sleep the night before last, I picked it up and carried on reading. Between the hours of three and four in the morning I was laughing out loud.
But, on the serious side, this is a book written by two women who wanted to lose weight (an amount equal to another person between them) and they did it. What other books on losing weight can bring you that? Both have been excruciatingly honest in explaining how they got to <>, before moving on to achieve their goal of ><.
Knight, following a cathartic moment when shopping in Selfridges, decided "enough was enough" and applied herself with a sort of army major alpha male determination and discipline. Thomas was a seasoned professional on the diet front, having already run the gamut of diets from the F Plan to any plan. She was up for it, but initially she struggled.
There are tips for self esteem and looking your best, even as you start out. (Although many of the suggested products may prove expensive for some – just follow the principle and substitute with something cheaper, I guess.) The diet itself is essentially low carbing. Knight’s and Thomas’s theme is things can only get better – and the message is delivered to inspire far more confidence than New Labour’s old take on that.
I like the book. It’s honest and inspiring. And next week I’m even going to start on the diet.