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    Page-turners to help you lose weight, get fit, eat right and keep up with all those New Year resolutions

    Valuable fitness tips, backed by celebrities who are in great shape – your goals of a perfect sculpted body is as easy as picking up a book. The Indian market is obliging with the latest crop of tomes offering gems like the myth busting fitness remedies in The Great Indian Diet, chalk treadmill workouts from The Ultimate Treadmill Workout or foam rolling in Taller Slimmer and Younger. “In terms of getting visibility, having celebrity authors helps, as it gives a general idea of the content and its credibility. The amount of research gone into the content also counts when it comes to audience appeal,” says Caroline Newbury, VP of marketing and publicity for Random House India.

    Taller, Slimmer,  Younger
    – Lauren Roxburgh
    Published by Ballantine Books; approx Rs 2,341
    Known for her expertise with the currently trending foam-rolling workouts, Lauren Roxburgh was featured in Top 50 Hottest Trainers in America (2014) by Shape magazine. She has trained celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Melissa Rauch of Big Bang Theory fame, and two-time NBA All-Star Baron Davis. Her book Taller, Slimmer, Younger will be available in India from February 2. She describes the fitness regimen for connective tissue, fascia, that wraps around our muscles and organs and keeps them in place. Her book explains how foam rolling techniques also help in reshaping and elongating muscles, for extended and tension-free youthfulness. Details: amazon.com

    Indian Superfoods
    – Rujuta Diwekar
    Published by Juggernaut; TBA
    Mumbai-based author Rujuta Diwekar rues the fact that the green bananas available ten years ago have now been replaced with yellow or its Californian version. This is just one of the examples that she quotes with reference to her upcoming novel, Indian Superfoods, which is her quest to bring the attention back to our traditional foods. One of India’s first celebrity nutritionsts, she has helped industrialist Anil Ambani and actors like Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Anupam Kher and Richa Chadda change their eating habits for the better.  She wishes to document the tried and tested oral wisdom of food, now replaced by the current mono-diet. Details: books@juggernaut.in

    Jelly Belly
    – Dr Aparna Sanantham
    Published by HarperCollins India; Rs 250
    Dr Anjali Tendulkar and her cricketer husband Sachin Tendulkar launched Jelly Belly last month in Mumbai. It is written by the beauty and wellness consultant from Mumbai, Dr Aparna Sanantham, who is their childhood friend and who reportedly brainstormed ideas for fitness and healthy living with the duo. The author of Skin Deep (2010) fame, she talks about prevention and remedies for the dreaded belly-bulge by combining modern medicines with traditional remedies. It is also about motivating readers to prioritise their fitness amidst their family and work commitments.Available at Landmark. Details: 23746974

    The Great Indian Diet
    – Shilpa Shetty
    Published by Random House India; Rs.299
    In an attempt to break the mindset that Indian food is generally unhealthy, actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra co-authored The Great Indian Diet with Mumbai-based international fitness consultant and cancer specialist, Luke Cutinho. Their research highlights the nutritional benefits of locally grown vegetables, with Kundra’s own recipes which helped her shed 32 kgs in four and a half months after her pregnancy. Cutinho also gives inputs on how he used the Indian diet to heal some of his patients. The book was launched with much fanfare in Mumbai in November, amongst personalities like Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor. Available at Starmark. Details: 64550262

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