Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha

Title: Women & The Weight Loss Tamasha
Writers : Rujuta Diwekar
Published: 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction
My Rating: 4 on 5

In this book, Rujuta continues from where she left off in her last book, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight. After briefly touching upon her principles put forth in her first book, she goes on to discuss women and how the different turning points in their lives affect their health and weight.

Rujuta explains the female human body and how it goes through so many changes starting from pre-pubrety, puberty, pregnancy, pre-menopause and menopause. Marriage can be such a turning point in a woman’s life, and Rujuta’s explanation on why women tend to put on weight immediately after marriage is worth a read. Her theories (I like to call them theories) are interesting and makes you ponder. Pregnancy and post-natal days can be one helluva rollercoaster ride for your health and weight. Rujuta touches upon this and the dreaded menopausal experience as well.

Rujuta also focuses on some of the most common health issues like diabetes, hypothyroidism and PCOD/S. She starts with explaining what each disease/condition means in terms of body functions and how it affects your health. Her theory is a lot can be controlled through what and how you eat. I was shocked to see she recommends rice for diabetics when the rest of the world contradicts this. She gives some sane advice on hypothyroidism. Peanuts, cabbage, broccoli are some of things hypothyroid patients are asked to avoid, but Rujuta busts the myth by saying eating them raw is the problem.

Her first principle of eating something within 30 minutes of waking up is difficult for hypothyroid patients because we need to take our tablet first thing in the morning and not eat anything for an hour. I was curious to see what Rujuta’s solution for this is. I was very disappointed to read that all she says is talk to the doctor to agree upon a convenient time later in the day. Ha!

While her principles can only make your healthier and fitter, I found her book a bit too preachy. She believes that if one is healthy, one should have a painless period which sounds foolish. One can be fit and still have cramps, no? I so want to believe in her statement of ‘Eat right and your problem will go away’, but it sounds too good to be true.

I wish she had tailored diet recommendations for these different conditions. But then, if she gives away everything in her book, why would patients want to spend a fortune for her consultation.

If I could afford her, I would love to have a chat with her. And ask some questions which are not answered in her books. Alas, she is beyond my league.


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