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Book Review – The Magic Weight Loss Pill – 62 Lifestyle Changes

“The Magic Weight-loss Pill”, is a self-help guide to weight loss and good health, which is penned by renowned holistic lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho and popular Indian actor and yoga instructor Anushka Shetty.

Published by Penguin Random House India, the new self-help title recommends over 60 lifestyle changes that have helped thousands to not only lose weight, but also prevent and heal diseases.

The authors also suggest ways to achieve inexpensive, easy and fulfilling lifestyle alternatives to the readers to achieve a healthy mind and body.

The desire to live a long and healthy life continues to evade many of us due to simple real life restrictions, resulting in a number of frustrated people desperate to lose weight. The book can help people jump the hurdles of daily living using simple, inexpensive yet powerful lifestyle changes.

What’s the one remedy common to controlling diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney and liver stones and excess weight? Lifestyle. Luke Coutinho, co-author of The Great Indian Diet, shows us that nothing parallels the power and impact that simple sustained lifestyle changes can have on a person who’s struggling to lose excess weight or suffering from a chronic disease.

The first part of the book concentrates on the reason we get such diseases in the first place, while the second is filled with sixty-two astonishingly easy and extremely practicable changes that will have you feeling healthier and happier and achieving all your health goals without the rigour and hard work of a hardcore diet or fitness regime.

The focus area of the book is LIFESTYLE and it is prescribed as a magic pill, not just for weight loss but for general fitness, well-being and for a healthy life. The first part of the book covers the four pillars of good health – balanced nutrition, fitness, sleep and emotional detoxification. Many examples and case studies are covered, along with ailments-specific explanations. The second part of the book talks about 62 lifestyle changes, explained in an easy-to-implement manner.

The suggested habits, such as drinking lemon water every day or doing five breathing exercises to fall asleep, are accompanied by detailed explanations on how and why to adopt a habit. Together, these will become your magic weight-loss pill.

A few powerful phrases that made an impact on me:


“Less is more when it comes to the consumption of protein”


“All cravings could just be an unhealthy gut communicating with your brain in the wrong language”


“If you want to eat sweets and junk food, never do so immediately after a workout”


“Using exercise to lose weight or as a remedy to eating the wrong food is the reason why weight loss continues to be the most wanted and yet most elusive goal for most people”


“If I were given a choice between artificial sweetener and white sugar, I would pick the latter because the human body is not designed to break down aspartame.”


“Working out for one hour everyday and then sitting for the rest of the days makes you just 4 percent more active than someone who doesn’t work out.”



About The Author 
Luke Coutinho (Author) is a globally renowned holistic lifestyle coach and award-winning holistic nutritionist. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Great Indian Diet with Shilpa Shetty.
Anushka Shetty (Author) is an actress who has worked in Bollywood, Tamil and Telugu movies including the Bahubali films, playing princess Devasena. Anushka, having been a yoga teacher and still a student of Bharath Thakur. Like Luke, she also strongly believes in a complete sense of well-being that begins with embracing yourself.



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