From USA TODAY:
"...A deliciously funny yet practical diet book....Covers
all the bases from how to pick out a wedding dress to
suit a bride's figure to how to calculate a healthy weight
for her height. It also outlines how to set up a kitchen
for cooking healthy foods and recommends cookbooks and
From the New York DAILY
NEWS: "The premise sounds ridiculous. But,
fortunately, this book is full of sane advice from a humorous
and humane registered dietitian and a co-author with an
upbeat, motivational attitude. The anecdotes are all up-to-the-minute
- even Sophie Rhys-Jones prenuptial regimen is included
(it involved seaweed wraps) - and the authors offer tips
that extend beyond crash diets. To wit: how to choose
a dress that minimizes figure flaws; how to pose for photos;
how to set up a 'slim kitchen'."
From THE BALTIMORE SUN
and THE L.A. TIMES:
"Mom's wedding dress is a size 6. You're a 12. Short of
calling in a magician, is there any hope of wearing her
dress down the aisle? Yes, according to Robyn Flipse and
Jacqueline Shannon. The[ir] book is no magic bullet--the
weight loss plans inside advocate a balanced diet and
exercise. But the book also includes helpful tips on managing
wedding-related stress, handling potentially disastrous
pre-wedding eating events and finding the right wedding
dress for your figure."
From THE BOOK REPORT
(the in-house newsletter that goes to all Barnes & Noble
employees): "'A wedding diet,' one former bride told us,
'is like a regular diet with an execution date added.'
The addition of an immovable deadline does indeed increase
anxiety and the time spent fretting before mirrors, but
Robyn Flipse and Jacqueline Shannon assure brides-to-be
that they need not worry quite that much. Their advice
is quite sensible: For instance, they spend pages talking
about coping with pre-wedding stress, and reflect more
than once on the cathartic potential of exercise. Comfortingly,
they mention that you'll be approaching the altar in a
wedding gown, not a bikini, and they emphasize that people
want to see you in your best light. 'Love,' as Louisa
May Alcott noted, 'is a great beautifier.' Flipse and
Shannon suggest conferring early with your gown boutique
about flattering--and strategically timed--alterations.
Their advice about diet is well-targeted and precise.
Reading it, one couldn't help but wish that certain male
members of the wedding party might not benefit from its
gentle strictures. Svelte and bright-eyed advice."
From THE DALLAS MORNING
NEWS: "You may have heard that 2000 is going
to be a huge year for weddings. And so, apparently, have
Robyn Flipse and Jacqueline Shannon, the opportunity-spotting
authors of a new diet book aimed at brides-to be. Title:
The Wedding Dress Diet (Main Street Books/Doubleday, $14).
'Prospective brides are the third-largest group
of people (after athletes and pregnant women) concerned
about their weight,' write the authors in the book's introduction.
(Models and ballerinas may be more obsessed, there just
aren't as many of them.)
The diet itself involves signing a weight-loss
contract, enlisting supporters and then counting and charting
every calorie taken in (preferably in the form of carbohydrates)
or worked off. ('Don't forget how aerobically beneficial
lots of sex can be!') Additional topics range from gowns
for various figure types to 'setting up a slim kitchen'
and 'charting your weight on every anniversary.'
As for qualifications, Ms. Flipse is a registered
dietitian and nutrition counselor. Ms. Shannon is a freelance
journalist and author of Sexy at Any Size."
From THE RICHMOND PUBLIC
LIBRARY: "As if there's not enough stress
for the bride-to-be, there's a new wedding guide that
focuses on food, figures and fashion. It's called THE
WEDDING DRESS DIET by Robyn Flipse and Jacqueline
Shannon. Every bride wants to look beautifuland
thin on her wedding day, or so the magazines tell us.
Sometimes the panic of fitting into a size 7 wedding dress
when you've got a size 9 body hits you a year before the
wedding. Sometimes the lightbulb goes over your head just
months before the big day. Flipse and Shannon come to
the rescue with a sensible and well rounded (just a figure
of speech...) weight loss plan that's suitable for all
body types. It combines not only the obvious nutritional
tips but also an exercise plan and advice on how to reduce
stress. There are charts, logs and lists for everthing,
so if you're not the type that likes noting every last
detail of your food intake and exercise output, then you
might want to check out a more general wedding guide.
This one covers a lot of territory and offers a ton of
useful information - the kinds of things that most brides
won't have the time to think of."
"Bursting with information, inspiration, and advice,
The Wedding Dress Diet is the next must-have for every
An upcoming wedding is the ultimate weight-loss motivator.
But many brides-to-be resort to fad diets and end up disappointed
with the results--either they don't lose the weight, or
their health and energy are lost along with it.
Finally, in The Wedding Dress Diet, Robyn Flipse and
Jacqueline Shannon describe a sensible weight-loss plan
that readers with one year, six months, or three months
to go before the big day can follow, so they can look
good and feel terrific when they say "I do."
Combining good nutrition, exercise, and stress-reduction
techniques, the book helps frantic fiancées cope
with the frenzy of fittings, showers, and shopping dates.
Not only does it outline an effective eating and exercise
program geared to the date of the ceremony; it also provides
everything from bridal registry ideas for outfitting a
slim kitchen to tips on choosing the most flattering dress,
no matter your weight.
Diet books come and go, but The Wedding Dress Diet is
the one that every bride--and many bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride,
too--will want to own.
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How to make yours a more-perfect
Reviewer: Wayne Carlson from San Diego, California February
Authors Robyn Flipse and Jacqueline Shannon have written
a book that's loaded with great information for brides-to-be
and others interested in shedding some pounds on a deadline
in a sensible way. I bought "The Wedding Dress Diet" for
a bride-to-be who wanted to "lose exactly 18 pounds to
get down to my fighting weight of 112." She read the book,
loved it, and reported yesterday she was right on schedule
to attain her goal. Now, here's the surprise: before giving
my friend her gift, I read it myself. I started flipping
some pages in the bookstore to get a sampling, and soon
got hooked. When I got home, I read the whole darn thing.
It's brilliantly organized, very well written and liberally
sprinkled with humor. The nutritional and exercise tips
and the advice on reducing stress can be used by men as
well as women -- whether or not they're headed for the
altar. Here's a handful of rice tossed in the direction
of Flipse and Shannon.