Book review: How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim by Peter Jones and Della Galton

It’s a universal truth that going on a diet is often a miserable, soul-destroying way to try to lose weight because the minute the diet stops, all the pounds you lost start to pile on again.

By Pam Norfolk
Thursday, 5th September 2013, 10:00 am
How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim by Peter Jones and Della Galton
How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim by Peter Jones and Della Galton

Yes, there are few things in life as cruel as how the human body manages its weight… well, at least that’s how it feels.

So is there a pain-free, exercise-free and scientific way to keep a trim figure and enjoy your food at the same time?

Peter Jones and Della Galton, two authors with a positive belief in the merits of self-help, reckon they have come up with the ideal way to ‘eat loads and stay slim’ but first you have to be open-minded, happy to make small changes to your lifestyle and prepared to put in a little effort.

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If that all sounds too good to be true, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and Jones and Galton – who were once more than happy to bury the bathroom scales at the back of a cupboard – have become slim, fit examples of the efficacy of their own no-nonsense weight loss formula.

Most importantly, they say, How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim is NOT a diet book in the traditional sense. It’s more a set of principles that require some planning but are not time consuming, are definitely not costly and do not include banishing food from your life.

This invaluable and wonderfully down-to-earth book presents us with a mixture of science (how hunger really works), quick cheats (how to make zero fat chips), psychological techniques (why focusing on your food is really important), ingenious strategies (how to cut down on sugar without going cold turkey), and super-easy recipes.

‘Della and I come at slimming from different angles,’ says Peter. ‘Della champions low fat and sensible eating, whilst I have a fondness for psychological techniques and quirky science.’

But Della and Peter do share the simple techniques that they themselves have been using to amazing effect over the years. ‘We gave each tip a star rating,’ says Della. ‘Collect enough stars and we guarantee that a slim figure, coupled with a healthy but satiated appetite, are yours for the taking.’

So from learning to love vegetables – ‘the more veg you mix together whilst creating a meal, the better they taste’ – and surviving eating out by choosing the right dish to making smart food choices and ringing the changes, there is everything here to keep you on the culinary straight and narrow.

How To Eat Loads and Stay Slim is also refreshingly mumbo jumbo and jargon free, and Galton and Jones serve up their practical advice and know-how with humour, wit and panfuls of common sense.

Add to all this some easy peasy recipes like Jones’ roast potato and ‘egg smashup’ breakfast and Galton’s delicious apple ginger clafouti and you really do have success on a plate.

How to Eat Loads and Stay Slim is also available as an ebook.

(Soundhaven, paperback, £6.74)