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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Don't Lose You Mind Lose Your Weight - Book Review & Sample Diets

Hello everybody!

This post is neither about any food recipe nor any exercise. (I should perhaps widen my blog's purpose again! ) Its about this wonderful book that I read; titled "Don't Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight" by celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. Unlike many other diet books, this one clicks because she tells what everyone wants to hear but are scared to : This books tells you to EAT.  
Mesmerized by what she puts forth in this book, I attended her workshop with Manali Shah. And believe me, she looks so good!! She may genetically be thin, but you just know when you look at a person whether he/she is fit or not. When you workout regularly and eat well, you have this certain quality that people can tell you are healthy. Rujuta Diwekar looks amazingly fit! Having heard her talk, (she talks very casually! Not at all like giving advice) I am all charged up!

I read this book again and now, I've finally decided to not just give this one a try, but to incorporate her principles into my daily life! (I'll write about these principles later) I have decided to follow her principles religiously for the next 30 days (to begin with) and then blog about the effect!

Like many people, I succumbed to societal pressures and tried many fad diets and all I've lost is my gullibility! Oh, and my worst enemy is was my tongue! I admit, I do dream of the day when there will be a magic pill that will stop a Cheese Pizza from evilly settling in inconvenient places.

Rujuta Diwekar
So, back to the book. It is a no nonsense, to-the-point book that will uplift your spirits (if a diet book tells you that you can eat anything you want and still lose weight, wouldn't you squeal with delight? ) The corner-stone of her book are the 4 principles of eating correctly, which are:-

A. Eat something within the first 10-15 minutes of waking up. ► Extension - never wake up to tea/coffee/beverage. Eat something fresh (like a fruit)
B. Eat every 2 hours and in smaller quantities. (more on portion size later..)
C. Eat more when you're more active and eat less when you're less active
D. Finish your last meal at least 2 hours prior to sleeping.

Some of the other principles she suggests -
1. Eat freshly prepared food.
2. Don't smash/juice your fruits and vegetables.
3. Eat good fats like clarified butter/ghee, cheese, cottage cheese etc.
4. Since we don't get all the required nutrients in our diet, it is a good idea to take Vitamin & Calcium supplements. But do consult an expert before you do so!
5. For a diet to work, it has to be PERSONALIZED. Generalization never works
6. Remain loyal to your genes. Eat what you have been eating all your life.
7. Eat local, think global! ☺ ☻
8. Never obsess with your weight! It is not an indicator of good health!
9. Do not blame yourself for the little slip ups. Just get back to routine.
10. Make exercise a non-negotiable part of your plan (& your LIFE!)
Here are some sample diets prescribed by her. You will have to alter it according to your convinience, taste, comfort, availability etc.

I. DIET No. 1
7.15 a.m.: 1 banana
(Breakfast, gym days) muesli + skim milk + 1 scoop whey protein
(Non-gym days) 2 egg whites + 1 slice of whole wheat toast
10 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.: A handful of peanuts
1.30 p.m.: 1 roti + vegetables + dal
3.30 p.m.: a bowl of curd
5.30 p.m.: Soy milk – any flavour
7.30 p.m.: 2 egg whites or 1 chicken breast + home made vegetable or veg salad

II. DIET No. 2
5 am - Wake Up & a fresh fruit
6.30 am - a glass of milk + 1/2 tablespoon of Whey Protein (I had my Multi-Vitamin here)
8:30 am - A home cooked breakfast (Idli, Dosa, Poha, Roti Sabji, Upma, Chilla, Dhokla, Puri Bhaji etc.) [[these are Indian breakfast. Switch with your local healthy breakfast option]] {good time to cheat}
10:45 am
-  1-2 Roti / Tortilla + Veggies + legumes (dal)
1 pm - 1 bowl of Legume Salad / or any other salad + 1 glass buttermilk
3 pm - Peanuts / Makhana (Foxnut) {good time to cheat}
5 pm - Slice of Cheese (don't GASP! It is healthy! ) OR A simple sandwich
6-7 pm
: Workout time
7:15 pm - 1 bowl of Rice, Veggies, Dal + 1 scoop Whey Protein in WATER + 1 teaspoon Flax Seeds {good time to cheat}
So, you get the idea?? Both these diets have Indian foods. But no matter where you live, you can eat according to your genes and the local produce. A healthy food is one that gives more nutrients than it gives calories! In my opinion, whether you are an Indian or not, you must read this book! It is an eye-opener! It is a perfect book not just for weight-loss, but for improvement of overall health!

If you are in India, you can easily order this book from FLIPKART. They accept cash on delivery! No hassles, perfect service! And it is cheap! Here's the link.
Or stay tuned to read more tips and posts about healthy living....


  1. Great idea to review such books! Way to go, Kavi :)

  2. very useful post dear....i totally agree with it....I try to follow this as much as possible and lost so much....
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  3. people are nuts about this female in India! :)

  4. Hey ur diet plan didn't change? We're u allowed to eat white rice or it was brown rice?

    1. Hey Smita.. This is just a sample diet from the book.. My diet varies depending on my activity level.. I usually eat white rice once or twice a week.. & the light brown rice rest of the days..

  5. 1st we eat breakfast ready to eat musli with skim milk. then after 1 hour start workout zumba for 20 min then immediately eat mango or banana or orange and protein shake. then wait 1 and half hour for lunch

    or eat musli then wait 2 hour then eat fruit then wait 20 min to start zumba?

    i live in UK . hope you could clarify it.

    tonight i ate chickpea curry on brown basamati rice with bit yoghurt at 7.30pm to 7.45pm so bedtime should be 9.45pm to 10pm?

    1. @Unknown - you haven't left your name or contact so I don't know how to get back to you. If you're reading this again, here are my views -

      What time do you wake up & what time is the breakfast? I'd say do your Zumba at least 1.5 hrs after a big meal (breakfast or lunch). And try to eat your dinner by 7 pm. When you sleep is up to you, but there should be a gap of at least 2 hrs between dinner and the time you go to sleep.

    2. my name is nee. there is no private email to be invisible on web.

      if i eat breakfast at 8.30 finish. then after 2 hour at 10.30am (or can i eat at 10am) to eat mango or fruit then wait 20 min to start workout?

    3. Its not about making your email ID public. But without knowing who you are or how to contact, how do you expect me to give advice?

      I'm not a professional nutritionist. Simple rule is to eat when you are hungry. And it is ideal to wait for 30 min after a meal to start your workout.

  6. my early dinner is at 5.30pm = wheat tortilla with hummus (from shop) spread it with cheese and bit chop onion, tomato and cucumber. then 7.30pm rice channa.

  7. Oh today i ate honey shreddie with skim milk.

  8. Hi..
    i read this book. Its really helpfull.
    but its nt working for me.

    I work in IT company.
    I leave for office at 7:35 and reach home at 8:15.
    I have to eat in company canteen.
    How can i make my diet plan?
    and short meals after every 2 hrs is not possible for me....
    plz suggest smthing....

  9. "By reading this review, the book looks quite informative for those who are keen to reduce their weight.
    The author gives very useful tips about dieting."


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