Neris and India's Idiot Proof Diet

Woman and home magazine put Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook on test. Our guinea pig tested the diet plan for weight loss effectiveness over a month, and we asked top nutritionist Vicki Edgson to give her verdict.

Diet book: Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook by India Knight, Neris Thomas and Bee Rawlinson (Fig Tree, £12.99)

Selling point: An easy-to-follow low-carb diet that doesn’t mean eating meat three times a day.

In a nutshell: Two women’s stories of how they lost 10st between them – and how you can do it too. Their view is that you are more likely to lose weight if you diet with a friend. There is a book of recipes to follow, as well as the diet book.

Vicki says: “I think you need both books for this to be fully operational, but I think it is the most sensible and interesting diet, and the writers are very brave to get so involved, which is motivational for the dieter.”

Good for: “This book is a must to educate anybody who has repeatedly dieted, thinking they can get a quick fix.”

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Tester's verdict:
Melanie Mason, 42
Weight before: 12st 5lb
Weight after: 11st 12½lb

She says: “I really enjoyed reading this book and was spurred on by the writers’ stories of how they lost weight. It gave the book more depth to know the writers had lost weight this way and it wasn’t just coming from someone who hadn’t tried it out.

The only downside was the breakfasts, which were cooked – I didn’t have the time or the stomach for them at that time of day. Apart from that, I think it would really fit into a working person’s life. I cooked the recipes for the whole family, which was a great help. I didn’t feel tired or hungry and I actually felt I was eating more than usual, just with better foods.”

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