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Dieting With the Duchess: Secrets & Sensible Advice for a Great Body

York, Sarah Mountbatten-Windsor; Sarah, Duchess of York

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ISBN 10: 0684857456 / ISBN 13: 9780684857459
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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This book is Autographed and dated 27/1/2000 by the author on the title page. This book is in fine condition. The binding is tight and pages are clean. It appears to have not had use. The dust jacket is in very good condition with minor bumps and scuffs. Bookseller Inventory # 017485

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Title: Dieting With the Duchess: Secrets & Sensible...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The Duchess of York shares with readers the diet and exercise plan, developed by the fitness professionals at Weight Watchers, that helped her to shed weight and keep fit, complemented by personal anecdotes and seventy-five easy-to-execute recipes. 100,000 first printing.


The Duchess of York is an odd candidate for the role of Everywoman, but in Dieting with the Duchess, she inhabits the part convincingly. She relates the trouble she's had controlling her weight, how living in the royal fishbowl exacerbated those problems (every fluctuation in her weight was noted by the voracious English media), and how she finally discovered a weight- management program she can live with through Weight Watchers (for which she's a spokesperson) and workouts with a personal trainer.

She enthusiastically relates all she's learned about diet and nutrition, which is (fair warning) the same basic stuff you'll find anywhere. And the book's exercise advice is all in the same vein. If there's anything here you don't know, then you really haven't cared enough to pay attention.

Fortunately, the book puts the basic information together in interesting ways. The recipes for dishes like pizza provencal, portobello mushroom panini, and gingered shrimp emphasize the idea that watching your caloric intake doesn't mean living without delicious food. And the exercise programs draw the distinction between exercising for general health and longevity and doing so for weight loss--a fine point that's often missed in mass-marketed fitness advice.

Mostly, though, this is a book about changing attitudes, about going from predominantly negative feelings about your body and your health to positive ones. Weight loss is a part of the equation for many women, but much more important is feeling a sense of control over one's body and one's health. Dieting with the Duchess may get you started on that path, if for no other reason than that it's comforting to know one of the most famous women on earth goes through all the same stuff you do. --Lou Schuler

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