Saturday, 12 January 2019

Eat Less - Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner BLOG TOUR

Welcome aboard my slot on the Blog Tour for this invaluable book. 

Eat Less!

Eat Less is a revolutionary book designed to help people lose weight and maintain a healthy weight for life.  

Eat Less is NOT a diet book. It doesn’t read like a diet book or look like a diet book. Eat Less is an anti-obesity manifesto.
Eat Less is stuffed with bite-sized nuggets of information on the benefits of eating less, advice on what to eat less of, and much more. Informative and motivational, the underlying message is very serious, but the manner in which it delivers those messages is never preachy and easily digestible. Eat Less offers practical advice on the life-changing benefits that simply eating less food can bring. 

Jeremy anda Georgina Jackson Sytner

Following a long career as an advertising creative, Jeremy has turned a lifelong fascination with food, diets and eating into a personal mission. Eat Less is Jeremy’s and wife Georgina’s impassioned attempt to get people everywhere to think more about what they eat and how they eat. The inspiration for this book came soon after he lost 2 stone in weight, simply by eating less and removing sugar and grain from his diet. Georgina is a certified group fitness instructor and runs regular mobile exercise classes in Battersea Park. Alongside this, she has developed a formula to help individuals lose weight, using a tailored weight loss management service and offering customised eating plans. 

Here's What I Thought About the Book......

Listen up. This is a compact book. Small is beautiful. You don't need a weighty ~ (no pun intended) tome to present to you the most straightforward of facts. For those of you who think you don't have time to read it, think again because you do. You can read it very quickly. It's well presented, it's succinct yet it collates all the necessary facts, statistics and information and presents them in a uncomplicated and accessible way. Every thing is under one roof. The premise is simple. It's about the obvious equation fundamental to effective weight loss - calories in and calories out. But it's not a book to read and then store on a bookshelf to gather dust. No. You need it handy to refer to for motivation and ideas to help you shed some of that fast food, fast life, flab that's been building for a little too long!

We are bombarded today by so much contradictory advice and information about what's good for us, what's bad for us, you know the kind of the thing. If we heed it all we'd be too scared to eat anything!! This book is billed as 'not a diet book..... an anti obesity manifesto'. There are a few meal plans at the end but that is not the main thrust of the book. The main thrust is simply 'EAT LESS".

There were a few things I didn't agree with. For example the advice on cutting out sugars included fructose in the list. Fruit contains fructose and there is encouragement to eat fruit so that was a little contradictory. Other advice includes cutting out grains with a convincing evolutionary argument for doing so. But for vegetarians who consume legumes and pulses these need to be combined with grains to form complete proteins because of the amino acids. The book has little to say about vegetarians. The book states that 'exercise has negligible effect on weight loss'. My personal experience is that this is not so. For years I was able to control my weight with exercise. Of course we are all different and what works for one person might not work for another. 

But overall I would say that this book has inspired me to heed the advice within it and I intend to implement many of the suggestions offered. It is a book to keep at hand. It's easy to dip into. It's easy to find what you're looking for. I am expecting to refer to it frequently in the nest few weeks until some of the practices in it become part of my regime. Lots is common sense and stuff most of us are doing anyway. Some is surprising. Some is stuff we knew even if we ignored it! The book just gently reminds us without being preachy. In fact there is even some encouragement to feast every so often!! It's realistic. Most of the suggestions in are achievable with a modicum of will power.

One of the more powerful messages in the book makes it clear that WE are responsible for what we eat, not the government, not food manufacturers, not retailers and food outlets but OURSELVES. No one is making us buy and consume the crap we insist on putting into our bodies. 'The food industry lives by supply and demand. You demand it, they supply it. Stop demanding sugary, low fat food and it will soon disappear off the shelves.' It's called consumer power, people. Let's use it.What more effective way to tackle the obesity problem than by making the dangerous food stuffs difficult to buy? 

But the simple message remains and it is repeated over and over again and I will repeat it too. EAT LESS!

My thanks to Kelly at the Love Books Group and to Urbane Publications for a copy of this great book.

Thank you for reading. But of course, I am but one stop on the blog tour. Please check out what other bloggers have to say about this book.

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