Rujuta Diwekar works out of Mumbai, practices yoga in Rishikesh, ideates in Uttarkashi and treks in the rest of the Indian Himalayas; she is amongst the most qualified and sought after practitioners in India today.
“Women & the weight loss tamasha” book is all about health and nutrition. Bring back the tone in your body, the glow on your face and the sense in your head.
Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar adopts a common sense approach to nutrition and weight loss in her book Women & Weight Loss Tamasha. Rujuta explains in detail the changes women go through beyond just hormonal and how what we do or don’t during these phases affects our overall well-being. In her usual indomitable style, debunks myths related to food, hormones and workouts, forces us to rethink our belief that pregnancy, menopause, hypothyroid etc come in the way of losing weight and reveals just how easy it is to remain healthy, strong and fit through one’s life.
Rujuta’s new book focuses specifically on women and how much society depends on the women being healthy. “Women have stopped celebrating their bodies and instead treat it with contempt. And this will continue if we keep putting everybody else before ourselves,” says Rujuta. A women’s life is peppered with responsibilities and this plays up in our relation with food. We keep the best for the husband and children and put ourselves last, on the contrary we need to eat right to improve our skills.
Principles of eating right according to Rujuta
The Must Do’s
- Eat seasonal foods.
- Eat in peace, not in pieces.
- Sugar is always better than sweetener. Anything that is artificially made is not good for your body.
- Work out for more than an hour at least thrice a week.
- Relish what you eat, no point stuffing yourself with something you don’t like.
- Try to finish your dinner by 7:30p.m.
- Eat more when you are more active and less when you are less active.
- Avoid drinking tea/coffee first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Opt for a healthy breakfast of fruits, dry fruits, milk.
- Don’t check your weight everyday; in fact throw away the scale.
- Say no to aerated drinks.
- Avoid late dinners.
- Don’t leave long gaps between meals.
- Do not over exercise in a hurry to lose weight.
- Do not use food that comes packaged in plastic.
Rujuta encourages us to cook in all our rich, oily, butter and ghee loaded glory. “Cooking is a beautiful tradition in India and has cosmetic, therapeutic and nutritional benefits. Why would you want to deprive yourself of that?” One of the reasons women are conflicted about right and wrong is the lack of literature on the most basic ideas of weight loss. Education is the key when it comes to making an informed decision.