Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight by Rujuta Diwekar
I was never into Diet books as we had everything available online on our finger tips, I personally never had that necessity to purchase/read any diet related books. But lately I wanted to have a printed version so that I could have all the information at one place, that is when I’ve decided to buy some good quality diet and fitness books.
Thus began my journey in search of top rated books and it successfully ended at “Don’t Lose your mind, Lose your weight” by Rujuta Diwekar.
We all know about the much hyped Kareena kapoor’s size zero, I always believed that it was because of some strict crash diets or maybe some magical surgeries we never heard of!! Well, I was completely wrong. The lady who wrote this book is the reason behind the whole thing.
Rujuta starts the book by saying “simplicity is profound”; same way the book is written in the simplest English which is suitable for everyone. Those highlish one liners she uses all throughout the book are like icing on the cake, witty and funny!!
The best part of the book is that she stays to the roots and asks us to do the same; all the diet tips she recommends are in Indian context and can be related to what we have on our daily basis. She completely changes our perception on dieting. The book is filled with many examples from our day to day life to make us understand the importance of Eating healthy instead of crash dieting.
She takes a dig on those fancy diets (General motors’ diet, orange juice diet etc) and also on the miraculous foods (chia seeds, quinoa etc) which are highly recommended these days. She continuously stresses the point “Eating the right amount of food at the right time”.
Book Review: Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight by Rujuta Diwekar
Few pointers which can we can imbibe from the book:
- All food is good: She believes and eventually makes us believe that each and every food we consume is good provided we eat them in moderation and at right time.
- Don’t go on diet plans which deprive you of food or make you eat only one type of food: She confirms that by doing so we are torturing our body and damaging it on a larger scale.
- Any program which discourages you from exercising is worthless: She says diet and exercise are not mutually exclusive. She stresses the point that losing weight is no big deal as people with jaundice, malaria, and diarrhea also lose weight but staying healthy is more important.
- One size doesn’t fit all: Every person’s body and lifestyle are different, she asks us not to follow the same diet plan someone else followed. We should try and improve our everyday habits and have our own diet plan.
- Remain loyal to your genes: She tells us to eat what we have been eating from our childhood instead of eating all the new fancy miraculous foods which are available today because our body is used to that food and works its best with the same kind of food.
- Have Calm state of mind: Enjoy and savor every bite of food you eat with peace of mind, this way we can prevent conversion of food to fat.
- Never wake up to tea or coffee: At sunrise, our metabolism is at peak and our cells demand nutrition, this is the time we have to eat and also eat big. So foundation of a great body is laid by what we eat in the first 10-15 minutes of waking up is one of the 4 principles of eating right mentioned.
- Eat every 2 hours: This is another very important principle she states in the book. By eating every 2 hours we are keeping our body to work by which the body burns fat at a larger level.
- Eat more when you are more active and eat less when you are less active: She says we need to up our eating during high demand periods and cut down when relaxing, this way we will be preventing the unnecessary fat storage in the body.
- Eat the last meal of the day atleast 2 hours prior: We should give time for our body to digest the food we have eaten before going to sleep is the last principle of eating right given in the book.
The book also has a section about how she met Kareena kapoor and how she helped her achieve the bikini body for tashan, which is a fun read. It also has her experiences with her clients which are quite relatable to the doubts we have on dieting and eating right.
Lastly I am thankful to Rujuta for enriching me with insights on the habit of eating right. I have been following the eating schedule as per the book for about a month and trust me it has been a very rewarding experience because now I feel more active, healthy and fit. I will certainly recommend this book to everyone who not only want to lose weight but lose it in a healthy way.
Eat healthy and stay fit 🙂 !!!