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The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight [Paperback]

Dave Myers , Si King , Hairy Bikers
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Aug. 2 2012
The Hairy Bikers have lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too...Si King and Dave Myers are self-confessed food lovers. Food isn't just fuel to them, it's their life. But, like many of us, they've found that the weight has crept on over the years. So they've made a big decision to act before it's too late and lose some pounds. In this groundbreaking diet book, Si and Dave have come up with tasty recipes that are low in calories and big on flavour. This is real food for real people, not skinny minnies. There are ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, even a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. The Hairy Bikers will always love their food - pies and curries won't be off the menu for long! - but using these recipes, and following their clever tips and heartfelt advice, you can bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds.

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The Hairy Bikers, self-proclaimed food lovers, decided it was time to cut back on some of the calories and adopt a healthier lifestyle, without sacrificing flavour. This book is packed with delicious recipes that are for "real people, not skinny minnies" - including hearty family meals and baked treats EASY FOOD Bikers ought to be hirsute, cider-loving and tubby. But in their latest book of recipes Si King and Dave Myers have shed the pounds and immediately reaped the benefit in sales. The moral being that you don't have to lose flavour along with the hefty calorie content BELFAST TELEGRAPH The last people you thought you'd see hosting their own dieting show, but the Hairy Bikers did it in style and proved that losing weight doesn't have to involve lettuce leaves and rabbit food! One of our faves from the slimmed-down duo is the scrummy Spanish-style bake GOOD TO KNOW RECIPES Healthy food doesn't have to be boring, as The Hairy Bikers - now Hairy Dieters! - prove with these mouthwatering low-fat dishes WOMAN'S OWN Dave and Si have lost nearly six stone between them and they've devised lower-calorie versions of usually calorific favourites... keeping all the flavour in tact. Try it - you'll like it. REVEAL The food's good, the advice sensible RADIO TIMES showcases the many mouthwatering, healthy recipes that have helped them drop the pounds... low-calorie delights as a bechamel-free lasagne that uses leeks instead of excess pasta and tandoori chicken with fat-free yoghurt DAILY EXPRESS low-calorie but equally tasty versions of some of their favourite recipes DAILY MAIL Hearty dishes that won't pile on the pounds BBC GOOD FOOD Si & Dave's recipes are SO much more delicious than the average diet dishes, it's no wonder they lost nearly 6st between them! WOMAN

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Si King and Dave Myers have become national treasures - big hearted, down-to-earth cooks with a love of good food.

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I use these recipes alot. The dishes just taste like good food not diet food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first weight loss guide I feel I can respect Oct. 6 2012
By AC - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first time I have taken the trouble to review a book. But I really have to talk about this one, as this is a weight-loss guide that I finally feel I could follow. I have found that all the books I have ever read on losing weight (so, so many over so many years!)and the weight-loss clubs I have joined (tried them all) have been insufferably pious and patronising in tone and the recipes have been less than appetising, to put it mildly. They just make me want to rebel against the kind of 'religion' they are preaching, instead of inspiring me to lose weight. But Dave and Si I can respect! The book is well-written, doesn't patronise and the whole approach is sensible, honest and down-to-earth. The recipes themselves are fabulous. Every one is delicious and you don't have to be some kind of expert cook to follow them. In fact, you don't have to be on a diet to try these recipes. They are so good and easy to follow that they are good enough to use even if you're having people over for dinner. Don't be put off by what might sometimes look like a very long list of ingredients, as you'll find most of them are herbs, spices etc.

This food just doesn't feel or taste like the traditional, punitive 'diet' fare. Like most people, I have a very busy lifestyle and I am a competent rather than a good cook, but I do like to cook from scratch, especially at weekends, and freeze portions to be heated up when I get home from work. There are loads of recipes that lend themselves to this, plus many others that can be prepared very quickly, even if you don't get home until quite late in the evening. My tip (apologies to chefs who may baulk at this, but it's something I've done for ages) is to finely dice a big batch of chillis and freeze them in a plastic container, as it is a fiddly job which I know from my own experience can sometimes put you off attempting a recipe, either because you don't have them to hand or you just can't be bothered preparing them - and quite a few of the recipes in this book call for them. They don't have to be defrosted as they will defrost in seconds once they hit the heat, but in any case they defrost in minutes if they're scraped out of the container with a fork onto a plate.

Dave and Si - you probably won't get to read my humble review, but I have to say that I buy and read dozens of books of all kinds every year, and this is definitely one of my best buys of 2012. I am really enjoying trying out the recipes. All I can say is - HURRY UP AND WRITE ANOTHER!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Dec 21 2012
By Mrs. R. J. Weston - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Recipes turn out exactly as they are in the book. Lovely food that really hits the mark. They are brilliant.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food tastic Nov. 4 2012
By Miss D A Petherick - Published on Amazon.com
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Love love love these guys and the book is really easy to follow and the food is great , thanks boys and keep that weight off!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best Sept. 24 2012
By Jel - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is more than i had hoped for! Very good food, very tasty. All recipes are easy to make and taste great? I never cooked so much from one book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It worked, recipes taste brill, lots of variety. Jan. 10 2014
By Spangle33 - Published on Amazon.com
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The two Hairy Bikers Dieters cookbooks have been fantastic. My son had some weight to loose at 262lbs, saw the HB Dieters TV show on DVD Jan 18th 2013 and has now lost 80lbs, down to 182lbs by Dec 1st 2013. He has loved the recipes in these books, we were so glad a second book came out. His favorites are the curries (Chicken Korma & Lamb Spinach), Lamb Hotpot, Beef in red wine Casserole, Beef Stroganoff, Lasagne, pizzas, Cornish pasty, enchiladas, Doner Kebabs, Orange & Ginger salmon, I could go on.....
He has averaged over 2lb loss a week, had various weeks off for vacations/trips (about 7wks) and enjoyed himself , not worried too much about diet and got straight back onto these recipes afterwards. I think the success is due to it being about really tasty portions and not too much lettuce! Lots of variety, this book is worn out but no-one has tired of the recipes. Many are quick to do, others a bit of chopping but we make a couple in one go and freeze individual portions, the casseroles, curries etc all work very well, then its done for a week. Bring on a third book!
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