The easy 2 minute, no effort, eat what you like, diet book.

Dieting books are the bane of my life!  Not that I ever actually read any of them (perhaps  I should)  but I do buy them for the library  and believe me, there are endless titles  to select from.

What is it about Diet books and the use of bold colours with BIG writing  on the covers?  I suspect some marketing guru said,  “Big, bold primary colours folks, works every time!”


Then there are all the scary looking people they put on covers, from the official looking types in white coats, to the tight taught and terrific bounding along beaches or slogging it out in the gym.


I am particularly fond of the diets that promise results in record times.  The 7-day GL diet, The 21-day weight loss kickstart and my personal favourite, The 8 second secret !

You can try Dieting with your dog, (dog roll anyone?), or  The Hamptons diet (is this the more salubrious version of the South Beach diet?) , there’s the Crazy sexy diet, where apparently you “light your spark” by eating your vegies, and saving the best until last – and the only one that seems remotely worthwhile – The Wine diet.


So good luck with all those New Years resolutions, certainly if dieting is your big goal then a visit to the Library shelves will provide you with endless choice and  possibilities.

Resolve to…

book coverNew Year’s resolutions – love ’em hate ’em,  a lot of us make them. In fact humans have been making New Year resolutions for a long time. The Babylonians traditionally resolved to return something borrowed from a friend in the previous year. The Romans exchanged gifts and sought forgiveness from enemies.

I suppose we might follow those resolutions if we have been borrowing and fighting, but polls show that the thing we modern folks resolve to do the most is to get fit, improve our work-life balance, spend more time with family and start a new hobby. So here is where your local library comes in handy.

I’m not a successful resolver. In fact it took the impact of a giant earthquake and innumerable aftershocks to make me  resolve to reduce my caffeine intake (so far it’s successful – when nature has you wired to the max, why add to that?)

What’s your best New Year’s resolution? Did you stick to it? (And for how long?)