My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author:
Rujuta Diwekar (5 October 1973) is the Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. She is India’s leading sports science and nutrition expert and among the world’s most followed Nutritionists. She is also a best-selling author and the country’s foremost speaker on health and wellness.
Publication Year: 2009
I believe the title of the book ‘Don’t lose your mind, lose your weight’ might be a little misleading. It should’ve been along the lines of ‘Don’t lose your mind, adopt a healthy lifestyle’ or something like that. Losing weight is just an added bonus you get along with fulfilling the main goal of improving physical and mental health by following two steps- eating healthy and working out regularly. But then again, it’s not as attention-grabbing as the former!
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a good book on nutrition, this one’s totally worth your time. It’s short and precise when it comes to explaining all the important points regarding diet i.e there’s no such a thing as a diet if it’s something you can go ‘on and off’ of. When it comes to weight loss, she burst all the myths and tackled a lot of misinformation surrounding the craze of crash diets, detoxes, juice cleanses, sugar-free products, exotic products, low-fat, low-carb, high-protein diet etc.
The author seems well experienced and she put forward her points clearly, backing it up with scientific explanations, drawing some those explanations from Ayurveda. I liked that way she broke down the stigma around certain foods like how certain food gets vilified for all the wrong reasons, which most of the time, is just a marketing gimmick. She promoted the idea of knowing and accepting your body and treating it with utmost love and respect.
She explains all the functions of important nutrients that our body needs and the benefits of exercise. People who want to start a healthy lifestyle can really benefit from it as the author has listed all the different food sources along with the right way, the right time to eat them to get the maximum benefit. This book is not just about explaining when and what to eat but also how to get in touch with your body and mind. I liked the way she explained the nutritious value of Indian food that we already eat so there’s no need to replace it with other exotic foods. It’s good to follow the principle of- ‘Eat local, think global’.
“And above all, you understand that fitness is not some statistical or mathematical measurement but an experience of freedom and joy within the body.”
I’ve been on my ‘fitness journey’ which is just another fancy term for eating right and working out regularly, as I got a little overweight due to an unhealthy lifestyle. I lost 9 kg in less than a year but that achievement pales in comparison to how good and comfortable I feel in my body. What I followed was more or less of what this book suggests. It all comes down to being aware of your health and listening to your body. I did nothing drastic but made a few changes that I can follow my whole life. When you get a good understanding of it, you don’t need to hire a professional to help you with the ‘diet’.
Before starting my fitness journey, I did a lot of research on my own. The internet’s a lovely place! It’s kind of embarrassing to admit now that all of what I learned during my ‘journey’ is just common sense and nothing else. Yet, I wasn’t aware of it before, even though I knew about it in a way. It’s the same with most people. But, it’s never too late to mend your ways. This book was written in 2009 and I’d like to think we’re hopefully in a better place now. Apart from that, it was very useful and I’m definitely going to try to implement better ways to cheat and the practice of mindful eating.
I definitely recommend reading it.