Diet books with a gimmick

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Diet books with a gimmickWe all need motivation to stick to that diet, but motivation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fad or gimmick. Allure takes a lot at the latest diet books that are making their rounds in bookstores.

When checking out some of the diet books being published this summer, we noticed that they’re heavy on the gimmicks. At first we rolled our eyes. But the more we thought about why diet books succeed, we had to admit that the principles of weight loss are pretty simple – and a lot of times, success depends on finding something you can stick with. So hey, if you find the right gimmick (and it’s not dangerous)… could that do the trick?

Here are three new books that caught our eye – and their angles:

Personal trainer Paul Khanna (pen name Venice A. Fulton) has gotten tons of attention for his book, Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends. The title is catchy – as are the claims that skipping breakfast, drinking two cups of coffee on an empty stomach, cutting back on carb-y vegetables, and taking a cold bath every morning will help you shed almost 10kg in six weeks. And the advice is based on studies.

Then there’s the mind-over-matter approach. After an accident, Colorado native Bridget Praytor was unable to work out for six months. So she started soaking in a hot tub instead, and had the realisation that stressing over exercise and dieting hadn’t helped her lose weight. In The Hot Tub Diet: Get Out of the Gym, Into the Hot Tub, and Lose Weight, she explains how a positive attitude enabled her to shed pounds.

And there are diet books that ask you to identify what type of eater you are, and then give you a customised prescription for weight loss. Meditation expert Andy Puddicombe’s The Headspace Diet has a spin on that. For example, if you’re a zombie (meaning you eat out of habit), then you should stop eating at your desk or in front of the TV and savor every bite.

Do you like a specific strategy when you diet or do you stick to the basics?

Written by Elizabeth Siegel, this article originally appeared on Allure. All books are available on and

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Mpoyif

    Interesting…Still a big fan of Atkins, I’m afraid

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I never read actually a diet book. But I am sure it might help some people to get going.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I think u need to find out what works for you, but trying out new tricks never hurts

    6 years ago •

  1. G

    As Maddy says, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle…

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    I think I have tried at least 50% of the diets out there and I am yet to find the one that works for me

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    is this a joke, i prefer to stick to the basics.

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    Just exercise and eat a balanced diet of everything in moderation, maybe cut down on the carbs and sugar a bit, and there is no need for any gimmicky diet or to waste money on diet books!

    6 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I need a beach body this summer. its a must that i try it out.

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I stick to the basics but will take advice…

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    sounds like a bunch of nonsense if it was so easy everyone would be thin.

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    The cold shower in the morning is a shocker!! Literally

    6 years ago •

  1. Zakeera Parker

    as long as i do not have to weight my food or count calories!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I am just trying to eat smaller portions.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    The basics are still the better option

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Stick to the basics…too many books and tips out there. Find what works for you

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I think the best thing is eat balanced meal and do physical activity you love. But lifes not perfect so looking at latest trends don’t hurt.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I stick to the basics but I love trying out new things!

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    No harm in trying new tricks…

    6 years ago •

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