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Lose Pounds and Gain Shoes: The Shoe Diet

Do you love shoes? I sure do. It's a strange phenom really, women and their shoes. What else do women love (well love to hate, really)? Dieting. So, isn't it then a great idea to combine dieting and shoes?

This is just what Isabelle Shaw, author of The Shoe Diet ($12.95) has done. Unfortunately this diet is not about a special pair of shoes that curb your hunger (though I am sure we'll be seeing that in the future), it is based on the power of reward. What's a better reward than shoes? The diet is built upon a series of steps that you must take in order to earn your rewards, shoes. The first one being that you must start a food journal and begin your shoe rating system. For example, think of everything you eat just like a hotel star system, with one shoe corresponding to "not really worth it" and five shoes meaning "it was so worth it!" Soon you'll be eliminating your one shoe foods from your diet, all while keeping your eye on the ball: Your first new pair of kicks for a job well done.

I love that Dr. Shaw has realized that while we may not be willing to finally step up and eat right for our health, we will do it for a pair of hot shoes. Kind of reminds me of click it or ticket, we won't buckle up for our safety, but we'll do it to save 50 bucks. This is a diet that I think FabSugar (not that she needs to go on a diet) will enjoy. Buy the book on

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suzanne suzanne 10 years
I'd do just about anything for new shoes! :)
KandiQTC KandiQTC 10 years
hehe, I actually made a deal with my boyfriend since I feel I need to lose, not him, but myself feel I should to be at my "ideal" weight that is healthiest for my body. But the deal is a bit different in that HE will buy me a pair of new shoes (whatever kind I want!) for every 5 lbs I lose (I'm aiming for 10-15). Hello Manolo Blahnik, here I come!! ;D ...(btw girls, this only works because we've been dating for going on three years, and he knows I would probably ask for heels that he'd enjoy watching me just as much as me )
leigha926 leigha926 10 years
haha i love it. i buy shoes way too often to ever use them as incentives though.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I actually really like this idea! I could see it working with me for a little while! (Longer than anything else I try!)
museanima museanima 10 years
Good idea for a book! I think cuter shoes and less weight go hand in hand!
BeeMoney BeeMoney 10 years shoes and a skinny rear...great combo!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Brilliant! :)
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