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You Are What You Eat, Gillian McKeith
Book Review: You Are What You Eat

‘The Plan that changes your life’, apparently. Is this the case? Here WLR’s Helen Griffiths reviews the book that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

You Are What You Eat

Reviewed by WLR Staff, Helen Griffiths

Lost your va va voom? Want sexy skin in the city? Want to get rid of that extra padding? Then this book will offer you suggestions on how to scrub up and buff up.

I must admit that after all the hype and controversy over Dr Gillian McKeith and her nutritional knowledge, I was extremely sceptical about picking up You Are What You Eat. However, after chapter one I was completely hooked, more for the sheer fact that some of the suggestions were not connecting with the real world: ‘I tell my patients who work at sitting jobs to get up every hour on the hour and dance their brains out for five minutes’- I’m sure your colleagues will think highly of you! Some of the information is also not made clear: “For those of you who are overweight and want to shed those extra pounds, then eating dark green leafy vegetables will shed the weight.” – Hmm…Even after excessively going over my calorie allowance?

You Are What You Eat is great for suggesting natural ways to treat an itchy bottom, excessive yawning and sighing, pimples pointing to imbalance, cracked feet, wax oozing from the ears and much more. The book also tells you what body signs to look for to assess the state of your health, which is very interesting.

‘My aim is to make simple changes’, says McKeith Fair dues, but I don’t think examining your stools everyday is a simple change – surely this isn’t normal? The book is also contradictory, in that it tells you not to go on fad diets, however this book could almost be classed as one.

I would be very impressed if someone managed to follow this plan long-term. However in the real world, You Are What You Eat should be taken lightly. I don’t think many people will become fanatical about it, but it could help you to make some simple changes that will be beneficial to you and your health.

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