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Weighty issues

The author of best selling book, Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha, Rujuta Diwekar holds an interactive session in the city beautiful.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 27, 2012 10:50 IST
Navleen Lakhi

The brain behind Bebo's size-zero figure, author of bestsellers Don't Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight and Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha, Rujuta Diwekar, was in Chandigarh on Sunday for an interactive session with denizens at Books and Brew, Sector 38.


Thanks to Facebook, she managed to gather a lot fans and readers for the two-hour long session. "The visit was planned on a very short notice, and honestly, I am amazed to see so many readers all ready to lead a disciplined life. Some very healthy practices for a good health have been a part of north-Indians' culture; just that people have forgotten them somewhere along the way. My endeavour is to re-inculcate the same habits in people," says Rujuta.

About the success of her fairly recent book, Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha (2011), she says, "The book talks about the different phases of a woman's life - from being a teenager, to being a mother, to menopause. A separate chapter deals with the Curses We Bring On Ourselves - PCOD, hypothyroidism, diabetes etc. The book, thus, includes the quintessential nutrition, workout, relationship strategies and sample diet charts, besides a personal note on working women by Kareena Kapoor."

The book also made a record of having sold 40,000 copies even before the completion of the book. Women and the Weight Loss Tamasha has recently also been translated to Hindi.

With celebrity clients such as Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Anupam Kher, Konkona Sen, Anil Ambani and Priety Zinta, Rujuta has a point to make, "If we live for 30 years, we'd see at least 30 different trends of weight loss. It's up to us to decide what we want to do with our health. Every woman is beautiful in her own way; hence, we should start celebrating our own bodies, rather than trying to look like others."

Her upcoming projects include a DVD, which will focus on the wisdom involved in Indian food. She is also writing her third book that will focus on exercise and will be released by the end of this year.

Rujuta suggests

Go back to drinking full fat milk (since Punjab is known for its milk products).

Sugar is not a killer, it's a healer, as long as it is visible in our food.

Do not add fiber to your diet. Food should be naturally rich in fiber.

Switch back to filtered oil - filtered mustard oil, brown nut oil.

Start having supplements such as vitamin B and calcium.