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The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight Book 1

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,113 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The Hairy Bikers have lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too...

Si King and Dave Myers are self-confessed food lovers. Food isn't just fuel to them, it's their life. But, like many of us, they've found that the weight has crept on over the years. So they've made a big decision to act before it's too late and lose some pounds. In this groundbreaking
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Michael Gardner
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cookbooks I’ve ever used for those times when your clothes decide to spontaneously shrink. Unlike other fad dieting books, the bikers have looked straight to the heart of reason why dieting makes people miserable: if you need to lose weight, there’s nothing worse than feeling hungry and not enjoying what you eat.

Their recipe is simple: create a variety of recipes that fill you up and taste good without being loaded with calories. Si and Dave aren’t chefs. They’re enthusiastic
The first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresh berries as I couldn't get these in the shops at a reasonable price in january. I have cooked the fruit for and extra 5 minutes as its frozen, but it still tastes delicious. I've never tried making home made granola before but it came out really well and tasty. I would probably just make it with sultanas next time rather than mixed dried fruit, ...more
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fantastic cookbook filled with easy to follow, delicious recipes - and surprisingly generous portions.

There are also tips and tricks and ideas to expand on the recipes included in the book.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
First cookbook I ever bought online. We watched the series and my OH said, "Right, get online and order it." And I was glad I did. After it came, I cooked my way through it.
This book is for people like me: hardline foodies who love to cook--and love to eat. People who need a little push, a few tips and tricks, to do what we need to do--eat well and sensibly at the same time. I've prepared a good 90% of the recipes (skipped the dessert section) and they are all keepers. I didn't try the desserts
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The recipes I have made from this book turned out just like the photographs and tasted yummy. You have to bear in mind that some of the recipes are not a complete meal and so you would have to count in extra calories for rice and such.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recipes really tasty so far and an easy read. Good sensible dieting tips but will just use for the excellent low-fat recipes.
Ducky Doris Reader
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
A cookery book with a difference thoroughly entertaining
It was interesting to come to this book after reading the Bikers joint autobiography which goes into more detail about what led up to the TV programmes and the book, and the experience of working to lose weight after some nasty realisations (perhaps more serious than they let on here). The strength and weakness of the book is that it is quite personal, even though the underpinnings are universally applicable, so that they experienced very satisfying results quite quickly as big chaps, when a ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually got this book because my dad is a fan of the Hairy Bikers and is wanting to lose weight, but I found myself reading the whole thing and really enjoying it - as well as saving lots of recipes for later.

I've so far made four of the recipes and all of them came out brilliantly. Paprika chicken (lovely with brown rice), Old fashioned chicken and vegetable stew (great with new potatoes), Our special cassoulet (I used chilli sausages and they turned out great), and Italian meatballs with
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loads of fantastic recipes!
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having spent 3 months on the fast 800 diet, this book has fabulous recipes to help me keep eating in a calorie controlled way without it becoming mundane and boring.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Couple of recipes I want to try
Michelle McManus
Really tasty everyday recipes

Really tasty everyday recipes they are easy to name and easier to enjoy! Go hairy dieters! . . . .
Lynn Mills
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some great recipes. Have tried a few. Just have to have will power to use more with no snacking.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery
Enjoyed working my way through this book. All the recipes turned out well, but I didn't lose much weight! Chicken jalrezi in particular was delish!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-and-drink
Some basic and interesting recipes. Nothing out of this world but a good place to start
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
tl;dr - Quite decent recipes, very basic, but scientifically solid weight loss advice.

I have picked up this book because I love food, and would like to lose weight, and have read it in a day. While I haven't tried any of the recipes yet (obviously), I trust the hairy dudes to do their usual thing and I believe that the recipes will be delicious as always.

The book's principle is a very good one - it recommends restricting calories somewhat, and eating sensibly with more fiber and protein, and
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, reviewed
First off, there are some great recipes in here! The calorie count per portion for each recipe in the book is an obvious plus in a diet book, however, these counts are for just the main of a dish and don't include the side dishes that would complete the meal. We all love a curry, right!? But it's a little disappointing when you have to add extra calorie allowances for the rice too! I mean who eats curry without rice (or potatoes) as an accompaniment? If it was me writing a book like this I would ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Obviously not reading this book cover to cover but dipping in and out of it try some of the recipes or at least adapt their philosophy which is all about ingredient substitution. There is clear information in about what is a calories and about healthy eating. This quote isn't rocket science but it seems to be something we all forget in our quest for the 'perfect diet':

"Our experts explained to us that in order to lose weight, you have to take in fewer calories so that body has to use its stores
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has become my bible for great recipes of comfort foods that are healthy at the same time, and a family pleasure for those who are not interested in eating healthy, they don't even know they are. Broken down into a well thought out and constructed sections: calories calculated per portion and clear ingredient lists make these straight forward and easy to prepare. Simple ingredients list which is truly refreshing to most cook books that need over 15 ingredients for each. All ingredients ...more
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 2012
Author: Hairy Bikers
Recommended for: people who are wanting to lose weight

A really great diet book that does help you lose the pounds while eating delicious meals. Packed full of wonderful recipes that leave you feeling full and not guilty for eating. A definate must have for anybody who is trying to lose some weight. The book is full of recipes that a easy and quick to make, either if you are making a meal for alot of people or just yourself. You might find alot of new family
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-recipes

Great book to inspire weight loss. However it is probably best to double check the calorie count as in one recipe (chicken bake) the tally was far higher than quoted. Others tried are right though, and thee skinny beef lasagne tasted just like lasagne, with the cheese topping despite being 364 calories a person!
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery
Really delicious recipes and low fat! Is that possible? Yes it is, those Hairy Bikers have produced wonderful meals to keep you healthy.
Simple to make, easy to follow instructions and superb results.
Wonder how they will follow this book as they surely can't go back to their fatty ways can they?
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Although many of the recipes are meat/fish based, there are enough vegetarian ones or ones that are easily adapted to be meatless, to make me glad I got this book. The best thing is that they give tips you can use to reduce the fat/calorie content in many recipes.
Ellena Downes
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved these recipes and they gave me the push-start I desperately needed to shift those extra pounds. The one pot dishes, currys and even deserts with helpful calorie content were excellent.
Just looking at their before and after pictures made you want the same results.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cuisine
Great recipes. Five tried so far and they were very good.

Will have to see if I lose any weight though as only the first week.

Recipes tried so far:
Crumpets with fruit (breakfast)
Cottage Pie
Paprika Chicken
Beachside Paella
Skinny Beef Lasagne
Warren Hoyle
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it

Absolutely brilliant. I chose this book because I'm a big fan of the hairy bikers. It has a wide range of recipes that even someone like me attempts to cook. Loved all the diverse menus, something for everyone.
Anne Wright
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Hairy Bikers Dieters; How to love food

Wow of course they love food and they have time and the inclination to adjust recipes to reduce calories etc. but the book is great and I love it.

I love the Bikers and have a variety of their books and each one is informative and clear recipes.
Rebecca tedder
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love these guys and doing it the healthier way is a double recipe for success. Well done boys, I have 4 recipes I am dying to try out. :)
Deborah Longmore
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great weight loss tips, and all the recipes featured in the tv series which was fantastic. A brilliant book.
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