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Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight Paperback – 1 January 2009
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This book is all about altering your thinking about Dieting, and it works. This is not a ordinary diet book where they throw on you a diet chart ,asks you to follow and loose weight. That never works,because our culture is so diverse,what people eat daily changes every 100 kms,so a Mumbaikar making a diet chart will not work for guy living in Meerut,U.P. He might be able to survive for a week or two but thats it then his genes will take over and he'll end up eating ghar ka bana mummy ke haath ka khana(in our families the amount of love is shown by the amount of ghee/chaunk/oil in our food). So what Rujuta does is,tell us,how does your digestion work,a few tips (a lot actually) and her 4 principles of eating,gives us a few ideas what should we prefer to eat (I hope there were some more) and even lets us eat Samosas,Gulab Jamun,Parathas,Pizza etc(No this is not a typo,this is actually a part of your diet), the only thing what changes is WHEN you eat. She just alters our When,and asks us to eat everything including Cheese. For 119 bucks I would definitely recommend this. Now that you have tried (and failed) all the dietings known to mankind,just spend another 100 bucks and give this a shot. My final Verdict- Game Changer --Shikhar Sharma Oct 18, 2011
Rujuta manages to combine all the scientific knowledge that we need to know about the food we eat with a very humorous twist. There's also a bit of spirituality thrown in which makes it a unique read for me. Following the advice outlined in this book, I have been able to lose more than 12 kilos in 9 months and more importantly have not gained it back. I have changed my way of eating radically and at the same time eating the same food which I have eaten all my life. Thank you Rujuta for showing us a simple route on this lifelong quest :) --Krishna A Dec 13, 2012
About the Author
The author of Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, Rujuta Diwekar, won the Nutrition Award in the year 2010. She won this sought-after award from the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. She received instant success with her first book, selling more than two lack books in four different languages. She is also the only nutritionist who received accreditation from the Sports Dieticians, which is based in Australia.
- ASIN : 8184001053
- Publisher : RHI; Latest edition (1 January 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9788184001051
- ISBN-13 : 978-8184001051
- Item Weight : 213 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.03 x 19.79 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't have any weight machine, so I can't tell you how much I have lost. But I have measuring tape and I have measured that my waist has been reduced THREE INCHES in more or less three weeks (not 1 inch per week). I didn't see much changes in 1st week. But I started feeling good within few days. I have trusted her every impractical word without doubting and implemented it.
Trust me guys, losing weight or fat is not a big deal but adopting a healthy lifestyle and discipline is a real challenge as I was extremely indiscipline. To adopt a healthy lifestyle it demands a serious and sincere effort. Once you adopt it you don't have to be bothered about weight/fat loss. It will happen naturally.
I never gave up. And today I am successful.
After going through this book I didn't follow any cases of her clients' which suits me best but I have made my own routine according to my choices and preferences. It's not that difficult. If I can then you also can. Just read the cases carefully and try to find the logic. That's it.
I start my day with a fruit. I enjoy it with a stroll on my roof under the sun. It's very pleasant as the sun is not so harsh and I complete my daily quota of Vitamin D. In my family, I don't know why everyone is afraid of ghee, oil, cheese. so, we don't use so much of ghee or oil while cooking. But as rujuta says "EAT FAT TO LOSE FAT", so I prepare my own breakfast meal loaded with ghee which I love too. Because that's the only meal where I can have my ghee peacefully. Even if I make a simple omelette, I make it with ghee instead of oil (sometimes with little ajwain, black pepper powder, few red chilli flakes and salt. thats it. isn't it very simple? and tasty too. Try it..), and from now on I never try to cook my dishes with zero oil and even low oil (ghee). Guys just throw out that olive oil or any fancy oil you have, and bring back that traditional oil your mom or grandma used to cook regular meal.
I love coconut, I knew it that it's very healthy. But everyone again is scared of that magic fruit. So now I can have my coconut guilt free and I do so. I like it more to have as whole rather than in prepared dishes. So I have my coconut (a lot) as some of my in between meals.
Now I always keep a pack of cheese slices in my refrigerator which I love and rujuta recommends also. My sister tried to tease me by taunting "Cheese diet", but I totally ignored her. One thing I strictly follow is that I totally avoid refined flour or maida in daily basis. I have reserved it for my junk food mistakes..
I am a bengali girl, so I can't live without my "macher jhol vat" and so I have not sacrificed my rice (white rice). I have it with my lunch and dinner guilt free. For breakfast I have wholewheat roti brushed with lots of ghee with sabzi cooked in ghee or any stuffed paratha brushed with ghee.
In that three weeks I have unintentionally skipped some of my in between meals, my proper dinner time or lunchtime has been missed sometimes and I also had some indulgence of junk food (chocolates, snacks, patties etc). But still I have got excellent results.
My skin is now looking fresh and glowing like never before and that too without my expensive night cream. Really, it was really expensive, and effective too. But now I don't need that.
Now, let's talk about exercise.
I don't have access to any fancy expensive gym. So I started doing surya namaskar every evening. As I have read in a book of BKS Iyengar (the foremost guru of Yoga) that our body remains very stiff in the morning, so you can't stretch it at its fullest, so it's better to do Yoga in the evening. So I do it in the evening. Though it's not written in this book but I have read this on Rujuta's blog that she recommends to fix a definite time in the day for exercise.
I started doing only one round of surya namaskar. On the first day I was not even able to make the postures correctly. But I tried my best, and believe me I was DEAD. But next day I tried again, and next day...................
Now I can perform four rounds of surya namaskar with ease.
And all of these within just THREE WEEKS. I am really impressed with myself.
Now I don't judge myself by a random digit displayed on a stupid weighing machine.
Caution: Surya Namaskar done correctly is of immense benefits. But the same surya namaskar done incorrectly can harm you a lot.
So first try to correct the postures then increase the number of rounds to be performed. And don't rush. It takes time to be perfect.
These were my experiences but I also want to tell you something.
Respect your body's limitations and overcome them. Just don't push your body, or give it a deadline.
Just trust your taste buds, follow your heart and let your body work on its own wisdom.
Love and respect your body the way it is, and your body will shower you with LOVE.
Firstly, the title is a misnomer. This is not a weight loss book. This deals with diet only & has absolutely no mention of workouts. So this is just one side of the coin.
Secondly, it does not seem like kareena is her client. Rather, its the other way around. The author hires kareena to endorse this book. Take away the bollywood angle & you are left with an average dietician.
Thirdly, the 2 hour eating gimmick. This is not only useless but harmful at the same time. One shouldnt eat unless the previous food has left the stomach. A gap of 3 hours is required between meals. No doctor,not even ayurveda will advise to eat after 2hours. But then she dismisses doctors as not knowing anything about diet. So let me tell you no nutritionist in the world will tell you to eat in 2hours. Even the Mr. Olympia nutritionists recommend 3 to 3.5hours. The only reason i can find for her to be telling this is to make her standout in the crowd,be exceptional. She seeks to be unique. That is why i feel it is the cheapest gimmick. This is no way to draw attention to your project.
Fourthly, the composition of the meals is weird. Compared to world famous nutritionists who suggest a combination of two servings of carbs, a fat & protein for every meal, rujuta suggests only a cheese cube or a fruit, ie. a single group, either a fat or a protein. The reason why she ignores suggesting a wholesome meal is because a wholesome meal is practically not possible every 2 hours. Even if one could arrange it one would not be able to eat so many things every 2hours.
Fifthly, her concern over dairy is also weird. While she voices her concern over adulteration of milk & suggests to limit its intake, she goes on to recommend full & free consumption of cheeses, paneer & yoghurt. That too store bought yoghurt in various flavours. Any dietician will foremost tell you to avoid store bought processed dairy products classifying them as junk. Instead they advise to purchase organic/pure milk & use it after boiling. Rujuta has done just the opposite.
Sixthly, she contradicts herself yet again when she talks about 'phoren' food. On the one hand she advocates desi indian khana but then goes on to recommend pasta, noodles, muesli, oats,etc. Was her grandmother eating these stuff? Mine certainly was not.
Lastly, this is not a bad book at all. It teaches all the good habits like waking up early, eating well, etc. However, the bolllywood angle is not welcome. It was used to popularise this book targeting the starstruck suburban housewives & written in filmy ishtyle. For the above average brains it can be given a miss. Even if you believe kareena follows her advice take a good look at kareena. Then take a look at karishma & shilpa shetty. Both of them are 5 to 6 years older than kareena. While both look younger, stronger & vibrant, kareena looks old & spent.
By Akanksha Solanki on 7 September 2018
By Shaleena Rajan on 16 September 2020
A) the book scores in it's core content means the author knows what she writes
B) the principles laid down in this book are easily applicable in real life
C) the author shatters down many long held diet myths
D) the language is lucid and a touch satirical, in a good sense though
E) the author does not suggest exotic food items in the diet plan. Every single suggestion made in this book can be afforded by a common man.
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1) It takes us to the basics of eating right. A good knowledge of Ayurveda by the author, forms the foundation of most of the advise given.
2) Rujuta speaks boldly about the trends of the diet industry and I totally agree with her.
3) She keeps reiterating the importance of good balanced diet and exercise for healthy body and mind. Everyone these days only talks about “dieting” but not enough about physical activities.
I would like to recommend this book to my family and my friends because there is lot of conflicting information easily accessible outside, but this book goes to our roots, our rich concepts of Ayurveda and it has convinced me how balanced and sustainable diet is solutions to most of our current problems of life style related health problems.
Thank you Rujuta for writing this book.
Dangerous advice to ignore calories! In the end weight depends how much you eat and exercise balance.