Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes
Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes

 
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LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND!

Cook Yourself Thin is a healthy, delicious way to drop a dress size without all the gimmicks. The ladies of "Cook Yourself Thin," a new Lifetime reality show, offer 80 easy, accessible recipes in this companion cookbook that teaches readers how to cut calories without compromising taste.

For some of us, losing weight has always been a struggle. The challenge: figuring out how to cook healthy, low-fat foods that won't leave you hungry, bored, or running for a gallon of ice cream! Cook Yourself Thin shows how to cut calories, change diets, and improve health without sacrificing the foods we love.

Cook Yourself Thin is not a fad diet. It gives skinny alternatives to your cravings. You can't live without your chocolate cake or mac 'n' cheese? You don't have to! (See Deep Dark Chocolate Cake, page 197.) There's never enough time to cook? Cook Yourself Thin keeps it simple─with easy instructions and fun recipes you'll want to make again and again.

What are you waiting for? Cook Yourself Thin!

Customer Reviews:

  • A bit of a rip off
    Like most of you I got this book after watching the show on lifetime. In my mind I thought the show was a sneak peak of what was in the book...WRONG I would say 90% of what is in the book was featured on the show and and the recipes can be printed out for FREE on the website. I would say less than half maybe a third of the book has recipies the other 2/3 has dieting and eating tips. Maybe im wrong but most of it is common sense to anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past ( which im guessing most of the poeple buying this book has). My suggestion print the recipies for free from the website and get Eat This Not That for some good advice......more info
  • Where to start?
    I got this book thinking that all the recipes would probably be just another diet book but with a positive twist. In some aspects I was right. This book is nicely done. I found the recipes easy to follow, and the ingredients easy to find. However, I'm not sure you can really cook yourself thin by following these recipes. I would have thought there'd be a lot less salt, carbs and sweets, so it's not necessarily skinny meals unless you give yourself skinny portions.
    ...more info
  • helpful and great for quick meals
    This book is very helpful for coming up with quick (and low calorie) means. However, I would not recommend using it as a diet. There is more to health than just counting calories and this book has little, if any, nutritional information about the foods mentioned. I feel it's a great supplement to any diet you're on though, so I do recommend it. The meals are easy to prepare, quick, and tasty....more info
  • The fat, salt, and carb are excessive. No scientific basis.
    What if women get skinny, yet not healthy? Apparently, the book targets the poorly educated segment of women population as judged by its cover and content. Skimming through the table of contents, the book has every western meal under the sun, with no restriction on the major culprits. Thus, the book plays with the math of calories to control bodyweight. Such approach overlooks the quality of life when salt, high cholesterol and high-saturated fatty acids, and simple carbohydrates were left unchecked.

    The book also assumes that people fall into limited types of behavior as far as food selection goes. Definitely, the authors of this book are not the smartest food selectors. Neither the authors took into consideration the need for simple and available food ingredients, nor did they justify when or why their food choices would be beneficial.

    The book entirely omitted the need for low salting of food, avoiding food with high glycemic index, watching cholesterol and saturated fat intake, and the need for high fiber contents in daily meals. Furthermore, the book limited its scope on getting the reader to cook and consume without any clear principle other than mixing, making, and devouring their recipes. Worse yet, is the authors' distancing themselves from being accused of exercising advocacy and asserting that "a passionate night" adds up, as far as calorie-burning activities were concerned.

    The major drawback of the book is advancing the concept that being skinny was the ultimate goal of healthy eating. It missed the many aspects of healthy eating such that consuming food items that preserve dental health, intestinal harmony, adequate immune system, or cardiovascular well-being, let alone the economic benefit of consuming simple food items.

    Since people do not consult books, when it comes to substituting one item of food by another low caloric item (or so I believe), simple and sound principles of healthy cooking should be simple and sound and not haphazard or endless.
    ...more info
  • Great way to cook!!
    Wonderful recipes in this book. Only found 1 or 2 we did not care for....more info
  • The fat, salt, and carb are excessive. No scientific basis.
    What if women get skinny, yet not healthy? Apparently, the book targets the poorly educated segment of women population as judged by its cover and content. Skimming through the table of contents, the book has every western meal under the sun, with no restriction on the major culprits. Thus, the book plays with the math of calories to control bodyweight. Such approach overlooks the quality of life when salt, high cholesterol and high-saturated fatty acids, and simple carbohydrates were left unchecked.

    The book also assumes that people fall into limited types of behavior as far as food selection goes. Definitely, the authors of this book are not the smartest food selectors. Neither the authors took into consideration the need for simple and available food ingredients, nor did they justify when or why their food choices would be beneficial.

    The book entirely omitted the need for low salting of food, avoiding food with high glycemic index, watching cholesterol and saturated fat intake, and the need for high fiber contents in daily meals. Furthermore, the book limited its scope on getting the reader to cook and consume without any clear principle other than mixing, making, and devouring their recipes. Worse yet, is the authors' distancing themselves from being accused of exercising advocacy and asserting that "a passionate night" adds up, as far as calorie-burning activities were concerned.

    The major drawback of the book is advancing the concept that being skinny was the ultimate goal of healthy eating. It missed the many aspects of healthy eating such that consuming food items that preserve dental health, intestinal harmony, adequate immune system, or cardiovascular well-being, let alone the economic benefit of consuming simple food items.

    Since people do not consult books, when it comes to substituting one item of food by another low caloric item (or so I believe), simple and sound principles of healthy cooking should be simple and sound and not haphazard or endless.
    ...more info
  • A REALISTIC REVIEW
    Let me address 2 things here. Time and Calories, which seem to be issues in other reviews...
    First, calories: Calories for fruits and vegetables are all average. They are all nature made, so one may be sweeter than the other- we have all had one bitter strawberry and one really sweet one, right? The sweetness of these items fluctuate making the calories fluctuate. There is no "definite" caloric value for a fruit or vegetable! I have books that contradict caloric intake as well. It depends on the item being tested and the ripeness and sweetness of that specific item on that particular day!
    Second is time. Some of these are time consuming recipes. I made the carrot cake (my new favorite recipe) and it took a while to grate the carrots by hand, so I used a food processor which was phenomenal. You need to use your head sometimes to cut corners if you don't have a lot of time. Other than the desserts, the meals also can be time consuming, but some are fast. Just like any other cookbook! This book isn't titled "quick meals for lazy people" It is a book filled with healthy alternatives for people who like to eat!
    We are also not selling a movie, so who cares where the show airs! I personally love the show and the people on it. The book is also not a rip off of any other book- its the same concept and many books out there (not just hungry girl), but it's got different recipes. (which are better tasting in my opinion)
    Nonetheless the book is fantastic and the recipes are much healthier than their alternatives, common sense would tell you that when you read the ingredients! (hardly any butter!) But it's not a diet book, they let you use full fat items, but just to add taste. You don't need to omit butter and cream cheese from you diet forever! It is a great companion to someone on weightwatchers as well. Fantastic book!!!...more info
  • Can You Really Change with This Book?
    Cook Yourself Thin is a great title but misses the heart of true and permanent change. Only 5% of people will be motivated to continually use the Skinny Meals as a life long change. Yet its a fun book and if you apply the directions you'll see results. This cookbook would be a good companion to the book on sale Not Your Mother's Diet on amazon....more info
  • My Rubachem Review: This Diet is No Scam!!
    My Rubachem Review: This Diet is No Scam!! I lost the weight easily + have never felt better! It just goes to show that the fuel you put in your body is what counts....more info
  • Love this
    So i have not bought this book yet but i hae been watching the show on lifetime and getting someof the recipies online...i recently got engaged and am looking to drop a few dress sizez before next september!!!!I just made the southwestern turkey burger with sweet potato fries...i am not a bread person so i opted to not use the keiser roll..instead i have 2 patties...so filling and i didnt even eat the entire 2nd one...the pizza is to die for..i cant wait ti recieve the book and try the other recipies..cant wait for 6 weeks from now...more info
  • I'd rather eat a Twinkie!
    Disappointing .. to a fat girl like me. I believe most of the recipes are too much - money and odd ingredients (I've tried to cook multi grain noodles and glue would probably be tastier and look more edible)! The recipes, on the whole, sound like they would be tasty, but in reality, time and money for groceries ARE limited for the average cook here in the states. Maybe I am a bumbling cook, but the ease that they whip these up on the show are not how I (and maybe you) could do it.
    I'll keep on hoping for the fortitude to cut calories and lose weight, but this won't be the way....more info
  • The Calories are WRONG!!!
    Check the calories on page 41 of the newest book. They are listed at about half of what they really are. Check out a few online and with other sources.

    For instance:
    Raspberries - (CYT Book = 7 Cal vs 14 cal)
    Corn on the cob - (CYT Book = 44 vs 60)
    Mango - (CYT = 114 vs 143)
    Strawberries - (CYT = 8 vs 9) Now that is only one cal but still...

    When I check several other sources, other books such as Cooking Light and internet they are all exactly same cal counts and they are all MORE than the CYT book. I made sure I was comparing oz for oz.

    It really concerns me that the recipes are probably incorrect also. How can I trust the counts in the recipe when the "Calorie Counter Quick Guide" in the book is so egregiously incorrect? I can't believe they let it go to print with such misinformation.

    Sucks too because I really was excited about this book and ran out and bought it after I saw the first episode but still felt like it was too good to be true.

    Get a scale, read the package labels and do your own cal counting. The recipes are great, but don't trust the books cal counts....more info
  • TAKE THIS BOOK FOR WHAT IT IS....
    Let me address 2 things here. Time and Calories, which seem to be issues in other reviews...
    First, calories: Calories for fruits and vegetables are all average. They are all nature made, so one may be sweeter than the other- we have all had one bitter strawberry and one really sweet one, right? The sweetness of these items fluctuate making the calories fluctuate. There is no "definite" caloric value for a fruit or vegetable! I have books that contradict caloric intake as well. It depends on the item being tested and the ripeness and sweetness of that specific item on that particular day! I do agree they should have more nutritional value than just calories though...
    And as far as calories being high, you are eating a meal- they can't be much lower!! And it makes a difference if the calories come from fiber or from fat too...
    Second is time. Some of these are time consuming recipes. I made the carrot cake (my new favorite recipe) and it took a while to grate the carrots by hand, so I used a food processor which was phenomenal. You need to use your head sometimes to cut corners if you don't have a lot of time. Other than the desserts, the meals also can be time consuming, but some are fast. Just like any other cookbook! This book isn't titled "quick meals for lazy people" It is a book filled with healthy alternatives for people who like to eat!
    We are also not selling a movie, so who cares where the show airs! I personally love the show and the people on it. The book is also not a rip off of any other book- its the same concept and many books out there (not just hungry girl), but it's got different recipes. (which are better tasting in my opinion)
    Someone also made a comment about the whole wheat noodles tasting like glue- they are whole wheat and much healthier for you. If you are not used to it, they may not taste good to you. You have trained yourself to eat crap- eating healthy does not taste like chocolate cake! You will eventually enjoy the taste of healthy foods, becoming acustomed to those flavors, just like you trained yourself to like fattening foods. I used to hate diet soda, and I made the switch about 6 years ago, and now if I taste a regular soda, I can't drink it, it's too sweet! The bottom line is you need to give your body (and tastebuds) time to adjust to a new way of eating. You will like the way how you feel after eating healthy foods, you mind will actually FEEL healthy, which affects your body. The power of the mind is very powerful and will make a differene in your weight too.
    Nonetheless the book is fantastic and the recipes are much healthier than their alternatives, common sense would tell you that when you read the ingredients! (hardly any butter!) But it's not a diet book, they let you use full fat items, but just to add taste. You don't need to omit butter and cream cheese from you diet forever! It is a great companion to someone on weightwatchers as well. Fantastic book!!!...more info
  • A bit of a rip off
    Like most of you I got this book after watching the show on lifetime. In my mind I thought the show was a sneak peak of what was in the book...WRONG I would say 90% of what is in the book was featured on the show and and the recipes can be printed out for FREE on the website. I would say less than half maybe a third of the book has recipies the other 2/3 has dieting and eating tips. Maybe im wrong but most of it is common sense to anyone who has tried to lose weight in the past ( which im guessing most of the poeple buying this book has). My suggestion print the recipies for free from the website and get Eat This Not That for some good advice......more info
  • Good recipes
    Filled with easy to use recipes and info, I enjoyed it. The meals are very basic but they can get you through the day feeling better and healthier. ...more info
  • Delicious food, but will you lose?
    The recipes are very nice, but is it a diet book? No. With only a whiff of portion control, a generous dollop of "no denial or guilt," and a heaping tablespoon of "...make your calories vanish into thin air," the authors are setting unrealistic expectations for their readers and viewers. The quick and easy part is also a bit of a dodge. In the Better for You Breakfast Sandwich, you'll use a skillet, a baking sheet, a biscuit cutter, a saute pan, a small bowl, and a plate...before you get it onto a breakfast plate at the table. That'll take you 15 minutes alone to clean up. Eating consciously is a wonderful thing, but don't expect this book to help you shed pounds. ...more info
  • Good Recipes, not enough details
    I watched the show a couple of times and was intrigued.

    Recipes appear to be great BUT there is little, if any, info on portion control and how the "cook yourself thin in six weeks" thing actually works. I have to say i am a bit disappointed...

    I guess you are supposed to "guess" a portion size based on the total number of servings made. I am not a fan of that.

    offers a lot of generic info that you could get online without buying the book. the recipes LOOK good though..i hope they are. Guess I will "wing" trying to cook myself thin in six weeks. hmph....more info
  • Where to start?
    I got this book thinking that all the recipes would probably be just another diet book but with a positive twist. In some aspects I was right. This book is nicely done. I found the recipes easy to follow, and the ingredients easy to find. However, I'm not sure you can really cook yourself thin by following these recipes. I would have thought there'd be a lot less salt, carbs and sweets, so it's not necessarily skinny meals unless you give yourself skinny portions.
    ...more info
  • Great and delicious
    "Cook Yourself Thin" is a attractive book based on the attractive television series on Lifetime television. The most of recipes look great. I like the calories guide found on pages 41-43.

    I recommend this book!...more info
  • Just what I needed to get me cooking again!
    Where can I start? I bought this book thinking that all the recipes will probably be like all the other diets books, tasting OK and passable enough for me to stick to lose a few pounds - HOW WRONG WAS I??

    This book is lovely, the recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients are easy to find and each recipe doesn't include a list of ingredients that are longer than your arm, unlike most recipe books. Therefore the recipes are also affordable.

    This is a must for anyone trying to lose weight without starving themselves or even who's just trying to eat healthily. The recipes are easily adapted to put your own spin on them and there's something for everyone. It's got me loving cooking again. So far I have not even felt like I have been dieting at all, I have enjoyed everything and have even had the odd guilt free bar of chocolate! It's all about weight loss through making healthy changes this summer. [...]...more info

 

 
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