The well-known Rujuta Diwekar book, Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha goes beyond weight loss tips for women to focus on nutrition.
Following the stupendous success of her the first Rujuta Diwekar book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, the celebrity nutritionist became something of a guru for the millions of Indian women fascinated by how she managed to get Kareena Kapoor to a size zero, using simple diet principles which included the unlikely one of “Eat something every two hours.”
Amongst the most in demand nutritionists in India, her client list includes bigwigs like Anil Ambani, Kareena Kapoor, Preity Zinta and Karishma Kapoor among others. In her first book Rujuta Diwekar listed out the four diet principles that she believes will contribute to a holistic weightloss. These four principles, detailed through the first book were to eat something within the first 10 to 15 minutes of waking up, eating every two hours, eating more when you are active and less when you are not; and finishing your last meal at least two hours before you sleep.
In her second book, Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha, she tackles women and their various lifestages, looks at their typical diet patterns, health issues through PCOD, diabetes, thyroid, pregnancy, post delivery and menopause. She explains why the body gains weight through all these stages and what we do wrong to encourage the weight gain and sluggishness, everything from indulging in needless snacking to getting too little sleep. All this in the same chatty, informal, Bambaiya slang replete voice that became a trademark in her first book, with colloquial terms like “Dabaoing” making it to the lexicon.
She talks about four strategies for achieving a healthy lifestyle, moving beyond just diet. She tackles food, yes, but also exercise, sleep as well as family and relationships. All aspects that contribute to lifestyle diseases, weight gain and sluggishness. For instance, she explains why women tend to put on weight after getting married; no, it is not the sex as was commonly believed by our grandmothers, it is simply the changes in meal and sleep timings which play havoc with our Vitamin B stores making us groggy and sleep deprived.
She also debunks several myths about food, propagating freshly cooked, wholesome foods over ready made cereals and packaged juices, and tells us why food we consider as calorie ridden like coconuts and mangoes are actually good for us. She explains, along with diet and activity recalls from various clients across various lifestages, what they are doing wrong, and how it is affecting their body.
She debunks various myths related to food, exercise and weightloss patterns along the way, and makes staying healthy seem as easy as pie in the process. While not as quick a read as the first book, this book is definitely a must read if you are interested in how to eat right and stay fit, and lose some weight in the process.
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