I usually avoid celebrity books at all costs. Mostly, because they're endorsing a faddy diet or dramatic weight loss (usually down to their personal trainers and chefs and hours in the day for exercise). Cameron's book is however, very different to what I expected.
For one, it contains actual science and nutritional advice. She's clearly carried out research and spoke to people that know their stuff. As with the exercise section, in which she promotes lifting weights (hooray for strong women!). Cameron uses a lot of metaphors to explain the science, which if you're new to it all, are really helpful.
The book is split into three parts: Nutrition, Fitness and Mind. The 'Mind' section handles the psychological aspects of healthy living and weight loss, including forming healthy habits and decoding comfort eating.
While this book starts off with a very gushy undertones about your body's power and inner glow etcetera, etcetera, there is very well research advice within the pages. Perhaps the gushy undertones will suit some people (I'm more of a 'no-nonsense, get to the point and tell me straight kind of person') I'm sure others will perhaps find it comforting, perhaps even empowering and inspiring. You can certainly hear Cameron Diaz's voice as you read the book! If you're someone who struggles with self-loathing and really hating your body, seeing it as the enemy, then this book will help you see that you can work with your body and in doing so, make life, healthy living and weight loss so much easer and even enjoyable.
The nutritional and fitness advice is not likely to be anything surprising to you if you're well versed in these areas all ready, but if you're coming from a background with little more than a list of failed diets, this book well be very useful for laying the foundations of a healthy lifestyle. Don't be put off by the side boxes of biological processes, Cameron does a really a good job of explaining these and I think having this knowledge is important for understanding why you're eating and exercising in a particular way (this knowledge is also handy to have should you find yourself in an argument at the dinner table about why fats and carbs ARE an important part of your diet).
The Body Book is available to buy on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, audio and kindle formats.
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (Book Review)
Saturday, 7 June 2014
Posted by Karen Oliver at 09:00:00
Since the 11th of May 2011, I have gone from being obese to healthy, rescued myself from diabetes and hypertension and taught myself how to cook along the way. I've gone from being the teen that bunked off PE lessons, to the adult whose hobbies include lifting weights, yoga, dance and mixed martial arts.
My main rule is to live a lifestyle that's fad-free! I encourage everyone to stay well away from faddy diets that could potentially cause more health problems than they solve.
It's all about creating a sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle change.