The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is our new fitness angel. GLUE thinks The Body Book is truly kick-ass.

the body book

Cameron Diaz had me at page 69, when she talks about the essential fats.

“Think of fats as being like a group of people in a party. Some people are wonderful and well worth your time and some are jerks, and it’s you job to judge each of them on merit.”

Initially, I thought The Body Book was going to be another fitness project by yet another gorgeous Hollywood star. I mean, this is Cameron Diaz. There is no way 90% of the planet’s female population will ever hope to look like one of the Charlie’s Angels.

But this book is not about wanting to look like someone else. Diaz is on a mission to make women feel great about their bodies, realise their own power and lead an enjoyable active life.

I was hooked by Chapter 2, where she related about her bad eating habit in the past, and her suffering with acne throughout her adolescence. Diaz gives frank and positive advice on how to improve the way we eat and manage our active lives.

“Think of fats as being like a group of people in a party. Some people are wonderful and well worth your time and some are jerks, and it’s you job to judge each of them on merit.”

Diaz is skeptical about the recent crash diet fads. In the earlier chapters – “Love Your Hunger”, “Eating the Sun” and “Eating the Stars” – she encourages the readers to embrace good food. She explains about nutrients and the technical aspects of fitness in plain English.

This is a very intelligent book, written with much humour and bubbly enthusiasm that come from Diaz’s own sunny personality.

She said: “After I did Charlie’s Angels – after I was introduced to my body – I got to know my body and became committed to my body. Then I get to meet all my skeletal muscles, one by one.”

The Body Book receives positive reviews from many women’s magazines, including feminist title Jezebel. It is persuasive and full of no-nonsense advice that is not impossible to follow.

The Body Book‘s final takeaway points:

1) Admit that your body is amazing
2) Embrace the idea of growing older gracefully
3) Turn knowledge into action
4) Strive for consistency
5) Aim for the “Yeah!” feeling

This is a kick-ass fitness book that you must have on your shelf.

The Body Book. By Cameron Diaz. With Sandra Bark. Published by Harper Collins Publishers (2014).

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