I am not a huge fan of self-help books. It’s only once in a while that I pick up such books. 90 percent of the time I just leave them midway. I picked up ‘Confessions of a Serial Dieter’ on one of my regular trip to Crosswords. I had no book in my mind so I thought I’d give this one a read. This has been such a hyped book. And the more hyped a book is, the less I want to read it .
I loveed the book. It is not a gyaan on what you should eat and what you should not. It’s Kalli’s ‘honest’ weight loss memoir from being 100 kgs to the super fit 56-57. She has already done some 43 diets and is still on a diet. It’s kinda funny at places but at one point of time I got a bit depressed reading her weight loss story. I got depressed because my own scale is not moving down by grams and she was talking about losing 5 kgs in 21 days. So you know..
Why I loved this book was more because I have been quite a dieter myself. I have been a cute chubby kid all my life. But during the growing up years being chubby is no fun. Plus if you have a super cook mom it does not help either. My mom would cook gajar ka halwa and rather than worrying about how much was in my
huge bowl, I was more worried about how much was left in the kadai. My mom would warn me against my weight gain and I would ask her to stop being such an awesome cook. There came a time where I wanted to wear short skirts. My mom literally told me that my calf was the size of my thigh so I couldn’t wear short skirts.:| That hit my ego in a big way. After I finished high school, I did every possible thing to lose weight – crash dietings (living on water melons the whole day [my adorable dad wouldn’t let the stock of watermelons finish in our fridge], surviving on chanas and apples for weeks) etc , yoga, badminton , jhadoo-pohca. I lost 12 kgs then . What I got in return – lots of stretch marks, super hot body and hormonal imbalance.
After that my weight kept fluctuating for years- Hostel food, junk food (Mc Donalds became the mummy papa of food), no one to judge. Then I started dating someone and I wanted to lose weight for him. Rescue – dieting and no exercise. What I gained – sunken cheeks, weight loss at different places and a little more attention from the boyfriend. Later I broke up with him and gained more weight. Depression and stress eating, you see.
Then came Sanjeev. He loved me the way I was. I wasn’t too chubby when I met him but on my wedding day, I was my fattest best. He still married me and never asked me lose an inch. (Honey, I love you. :D)
Anyway, it was only last year that I started taking fitness very seriously. One because I loved clothes and second, we lead a very stressful and busy life. I needed to be active and fit to cope with the stress.
Somethings that I agree on what Kalli said in her book. I am sharing some of my personal experiences with all of you.
A supportive someone : When you are in a process of losing weight, you need someone who would push you and keep you going. It could be a friend, husband or a your own mom. If you are about to eat something from the food heaven, STOP. You have been all disciplined and good about your work outs and foods, that one slice of oreo choc cake would show on your body. Don’t eat it. And if you still cant resist, eat a very small potion of it. Or keep a cheat day in a week for yourself. Indulge then.
Detach yourself from food : I have been such a food shows addict. I love everyone from George, Gary to Nigella and Joey Mathew. But when I see Joey making the perfect pavlova, I want to have that chewy crispy sugary goodness. And when I see Nigella explaining the gooey yummy chocolate cupcake, I would want to run to Maxims and grab one for myself. So I stopped. I stopped watching every single cooking show. It gives wrong signals to my brain and then I can’t resist myself. With all due respect, it is their profession. Who wants to see them showing oats pancakes or crunchy salads. Until they show how heavenly food could be, no one would be interested in watching them or reading their books. As Kalli mentioned,’ Fat is yummy’ . Eat to live and not otherwise. I am pretty happy watching some of my evil friends instagram photos but that’s about it.
Destock your Pantry : Honestly, if I have chocolate, sugar cubes, a variety of cheese or cookies in my kitchen, I have to have them. And you know when you have them lying in your closet, you do want to do justice to the yummy goodness. Don’t you? So keep your pantry lean and healthy and you wouldn’t have less excuses on cheating.
Keep a watch while eating out: You all know how much I love eating out. But when I am eating my sizzlers, I would skip most of the rice and potatoes on the plate. I would NOT have Indian food outside (except sarso da saag te makki di roti :P). It’s loaded with butter, ghee and a ton of masalas. Look for italian or mexican options. Ask the chef if he could change the pasta to whole wheat pasta or if he could reduce the sugar in your shake.
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After reading the book I got a little inspired to write this post. I know a lot of you are already working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hope this posts help you in some way. Keep it up! And do read the book. It’s quite awesome. You can buy it HERE
I have not been paid to write this book’s review. I bought it myself.