Title: Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight
Writers : Rujuta Diwekar
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help
My Rating: 3 on 5
Ever since Kareena-Shahid starrer ‘Jab We Met’ released and Kareena’s Size Zero became the talk of the town, Rujuta Diwekar and her too good to be true diet technique became popular overnight. Rujuta’s diet and the best example which is Kareena’s Size Zero was there for everybody to see and believe. And believe they did.
Rujuta quickly caught on the pulse and published a book which explains her diet techniques. Her thoughts on how our lifestyle and food habits have evolved from the days of our uncivilized days to the modern human beings that we are today. The first few chapters on why and how we eat was an eye-opener. There are so many things which we do wrongly, knowingly or unknowingly, but it hits you like lightning when it is laid out in black and white.
Rujuta goes on to tell us what her ‘perfect diet is’
1. Eat your first meal within 30 minutes of waking up. It should be ideally 10 minutes, but 30 minutes it acceptable too.
2. Place your meails 2 hours apart.
3. Do not eat to the extent that your stomach feels full. Rather, reduce your serving to half or 3/4th to what you are used to.
4. Eat slowly without any distractions. Chew slowly, savoring the taste and texture. Sit cross-legged while eating, if you can.
5. Exercise atleast 3 days a week.
6. Eat local, think global. I loved her theory here.
7. If you want to eat sweets, eat it as a meal in itself, preferably in the morning.
8. If you want to eat deep fried food, prepare it at home, instead of buying. Eat it as a meal in itself.
9. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Eat fruits rather than drinking juice. Don’t cut vegetables in advance. Eat vegetables and fruits as whole, when possible.
I have been trying to follow this diet since two weeks. I already see a visible difference, in terms of inches and kilos. There is no surprise there. Rujuta’s diet is exactly what our ancestors have been telling us. Early to bed and early to rise. Stop eating after the sun sets. Don’t read or watch TV while eating and so on. It is a shame it takes a Kareena Kapoor in her Size Zero avatar to make us realize how valuable our ancestor’s wisdom is.
Rujuta harps on about her connection with the elite world, be it Kareena or Ambani. She has dedicated a full chapter/appendix on how she transformed Kareena. I understand she is gloating over her clientele, but this was something the reader doesn’t care about. I mean, they are reading the book because they already know how Rujuta changed Kareena, isn’t it? Bebo’s name must have been mentioned a few dozen times atleast, which gets a bit too much. I wish Rujuta depends on her knowledge and capability more than her client’s popularity.
Out of curiosity, I visited Rujuta’s website to get more information on her services. The rates, oh my god, the rates are exorbitant. Forget affording Rujuta herself, I can’t afford her so called team. It is very clear she is least interested in working with the middle class people. I am sure she is looking forward to adding a few more big names to her clientele list. Nothing wrong with it, by the way.
I know Rujuta has another book out for us women and I am looking forward to read it to see what is new in that book which Rujuta has not already covered in this one.