I always associated nonfiction books with frigid narratives and fact dispensers. But Rujuta Diwekar’s Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight is in a completely different category altogether. I bought the book only because I only knew Rujuta to be the best in the country, but mostly because I got the Kindle copy very cheap. [39 bucks only.] But buying the book and reading it has been one of the better decisions I have taken in my life.
Rujuta Diwekar is the most acclaimed nutritionist and dietician in India. Many a celebrity has approached Rujuta and come out with stunning results. Take for example Anant Ambani. Mumbai Indians’ IPL matches always had him seated alongside his mother. He was hefty, and that is being kind. Thanks to Rujuta, he lost a whopping 108 kilos before obtaining his current lean image. Another example: Kareena Kapoor. Did you notice her in Tashan? I rest my case.
The reason why I loved reading Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight is its narrative. Almost colloquial and funny in places, it is easy to read and makes you understand what you need to understand very easily. Diwekar uses analogies to drive her points home and succeeds magnificently. She has taken examples of her clients and showed the areas of improvement, comparing and contrasting well.
Rujuta Diwekar’s funda is simple: Don’t punish your body! Staying fit is all about loving your body, listening to it, and pampering it. Inflicting pain on it will get you nowhere. In fact, it will worsen your condition. Also, your main reason to work out shouldn’t be to lose weight, but to bring your body into an optimum condition.
In Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, Diwekar tells you everything you need to know about how to cherish and nurture your body. She proves many of our standard practices wrong and it doesn’t take her long to do so. The lady knows what she is saying and I now know what I should have started doing a long time ago: Read the book and follow what Diwekar says to the T.
I browsed through her website just to get an idea about how much she charged. She’s a celebrity nutritionist. So I wasn’t expecting anything below a couple of lakhs for a 6 month course. But she proved why only celebrities can afford her. A 6 month course (24 interactions) with Diwekar (and not her team) costs Rs. 5,75,000. And don’t even ask about the yearly price. I almost threw my phone out the window.
People like us cannot afford Diwekar. Not by a large margin. It is fortunate for us that she went ahead and wrote a book that will at least give us a base on which to work on. Once we start following the 4 principles that she has outlined, we can gain a better understanding of our body and what it needs. That’s exactly what she says: Know your body, understand your body, and exercise some control over it.
I thought that Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight was just another cheesy title. This is another prime example of how assumptions can be so wrong. The book is something that will, if not help you achieve your ideal body, help you get started on a journey to loving your body better.
I’d recommend Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight to anyone who wants to get a better idea of how to listen to what the body is saying.
Rating: 5/5 stars
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