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Not a very nice Lady!,
This review is from: You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life (Paperback)The author of this book and her work were completely unknown to me until very recently. The book came about after a recommendation from a dear friend who's advice I respect. At first glance, this work appears to be precisely the sort of book I need to read and understand. I say "understand" because I have not previously realised the importance of the different roles played by proteins, carbohydrates and so forth.
As one gets older, staying fit gets harder and, in spite of extensive exercise and a careful diet, excess weight no longer stays "off" the body like it used to. Consequently, I have come to the subject of understanding different aspects of food at the age of 60. Being single, I can produce whatever food I want to eat at any time and, as I say, this appears to be exactly what I need.
At the time of writing this review, Dr McKeith is appearing daily in a British TV programme called "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here." She is one of a small number of so-called celebrities - though most are completely unknown to me. Having watched a few episodes, the indelible impression left by McKeith is; Her constant screaming, verbal bullying, having far too much to say and even falsely "fainting" in order to avoid some task. It would appear the programme has also brought into question whether or not she is entitled to call herself "Doctor." Altogether, not a very nice lady at all.
That said, this book does seem to do what it says on the cover. After an Introduction and a first chapter which is an extension of that introduction, we finally get down to the relevant information with chapters on; Getting to know your body, The Diet of Abundance, Top 5 Bummers, Clean out, Looking Good and Feeling Sexy, 7 Day Jump Start Plan, My 20 Super Quick Tips and, finally, The Next Level.
Having used this book for a few weeks now, it must be said that anyone looking to improve their diet - and, therefore, their health, could do a lot worse than following the advice found within these pages. She does, after all, describe herself as an "internationally acclaimed clinical nutritionist."
Having said all that, I do have far too many criticisms to permit more than a three star rating. Firstly, as one might have guessed from the chapter titles shown above, the work is very poorly written and the author should consider allowing her publishers to re-write her future material prior to publication. Throughout the book there are instances where the text is white on a very pale background (such as the light grey on page 75) making the words difficult to read. When looking at McKeith on television in a setting which does not permit the wearing of make-up, it must be said that she looks a great deal older than she appears in the photographs inside this work. Whilst this book was first published 6 years ago, either Dr McKeith has aged a great deal in that time or she has a make-up secret that many women would be glad to know all about. Elsewhere, some of the information is reproduced in far too simplistic a manner - such as the 51 words devoted to alcohol!
In short, whilst this is a work that could be so easily improved, the information is mostly there.
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