The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

by Cameron Diaz


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Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide grounded in science and inspired by personal experience, a #New York Times bestseller.

Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women. By her own candid admission, though, this fit, glamorous, but down-to-earth star was not always health-conscious. Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and the body was just one of the life-changing lessons that has fed Cameron’s hunger to educate herself about the best ways to feed, move, and care for her body. In The Body Book, she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition, exercise, and the mind/body connection.

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day.

The Body Book does not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year. It offers a holistic, long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal: a long, strong, happy, healthy life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594710417
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 587,410
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Cameron Diaz has been telling stories as a film actor for more than two decades. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Body Book and an excellent cook. She supports numerous causes that advocate environmental concerns, education, and the empowerment of women and girls. Cameron lives with her husband and assorted animals in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Knowledge Is Power 1

Part 1 Nutrition: Love Your Hunger

1 You Are What You Eat 9

2 Food, Glorious Food! 13

3 Hunter, Gatherer, Drive-Thru-er 18

4 How to Love Your Hunger 28

5 Eating the Sun 33

6 Complex Carbs Are Energy 40

7 Sugar Is Not a Nutrient 47

8 Protein Is Strength 57

9 Fat Is Essential 64

10 Eating the Stars 70

11 Water Is Life 87

12 The Digestion Chapter 90

13 Say Hello to Your Little Friends 99

Part 2 Fitness: The Body Wants to Be Strong

14 The Body Wants to Be Strong 109

15 The Magic of Movement 121

16 Energy In, Energy Out 132

17 Oxygen Is Energy 139

18 Structural Support 147

19 Muscle Woman 153

20 The Basics of Training 164

21 Your Lady Body 174

22 The ABC's of Zzzz's 188

Part 3 Mind: You've Got This

23 You've Got This 199

24 The State of Being Connected 208

25 Decoding the Modern Appetite 219

26 Unpacking Your Habits 227

27 Nothing's for Free 233

28 Planning for Your Nutrition 238

29 Finding Your Inner Athlete 248

Conclusion: Now You Really Got This 257

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 264

Supplementary Reading List 269

Index 271

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The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how it feels like she's talking to me as if we are the best of friends just exchanging information. The tone of the book made me feel very comfortable and engaged into keep on reading. While there's science in there, she doesn't go crazy on scientific jargon, but rather supplies the information in a simple manner. I turn 30 this year and was looking for some changes to make and her book definitely inspired me to make those changes for the better. The day after reading her book I went straight to the supermarket and did an overhaul of the food I know I should be eating.
MindfulMonica1 More than 1 year ago
If a class was required before taking ownership of a woman's body, Cameron Diaz's "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways To Love Your Amazing Body" would be the textbook. While I can't say I learned a ton from this book, I did enjoy reading it and I think it's perfect for teens and women in the 20s to read. It's not a diet book or even a standard beauty book. It's more of a how-to book on your body -- how it works, how it works best and how to embrace the principles of eating well and exercising. Cameron Diaz (with Sandra Bark) writes with so much enthusiasm, you can't but love the body you're in. She in inordinately excited about protein and water, and after reading Chapter 15's "The Magic of Movement" you won't be able to sit down to continue to read. Other people might find her sappy or over-the-top, but honestly, this is Cameron Diaz -- what did you expect? The final section is a prolonged cheerleading session which I found went on too long. But on the other hand, I've adopted one of her seems-obvious-in-retrospect suggestions: Drink more water in the morning. I exercise in the morning on an empty stomach (which I've been told numerous times I'm not supposed to do) but I also rarely drink water before my workout? Why? Exactly? I have no good reason, and Diaz makes a good case for how dehydrated my body is after 8 hours of sleep. Here's another thing to love about this book: The hardcover edition is beautifully made and worth investing in. It's 7.5-by-9.5, so it's hefty without being awkward, and the paper is top quality with several full-color photos. The photography of Diaz has inspired me into looking to a professional photo shoot; Diaz is stunning at 41. If you're looking for a book that inspires positive thinking and action when it comes to your body rather than a diet book that makes lists of off-limits foods and prescribes hours of complicated exercises, this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly, I love this book. I began a journey of overhauling my nutrition and eating habits a few months ago, and have never felt better. This book really hammers home what I've learned just by doing, as well as opened my eyes as to what exactly has been changing in my body (and mind) for the better. I just started reading this book last night, and I'm already committed to making more positive changes from what I've read. I've recommended it to all my friends, I ordered a copy for my mother. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was about HEALTH not how to get skinny. She does a great job explaining the science. I would have liked some recipes! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Everyone should read it, not just women but men too. It can change your life by simply having the necessary knowledge to actually FEED your body what it needs. I am a huge Jillian Michaels fan so I was already on the road to healthy living, but this book does wonders in the way of explaining WHY you need the food you need and WHAT kind of foods you need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason i got Cameron's "The Body Book" - besides her being an amazing actor and beautiful woman with a perfect body - it appears you can trust her recommendations.   For 2 days that i was reading her book, it felt like my best friend - after learning VERY important and useful information - locked me in my room, and wouldn't agreed to let me out till she: Not just reminds me all those facts that we all already know << ..."you are what you eat"… or "ketchup is not a tomato" .. or " sausage is not meet" >> BUT makes sure I actually use it next time i buy groceries or prepare the meal !!! We all say how crazy and sad, that a lot of people suffer from obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol…… BUT then order pizza  and say "One pizza a month won't hurt". And next day - "McDonalds only once a month won't hurt…   I LOVE how Cameron explains the process of food [from how the food is "born" and which minerals it has -> to  how manufactures and factories modify them -> and what exactly is left and going to our body] - she uses a little bit of chemistry, physics, history and her own experience!!   This book is not for people , who has a nutrients test tomorrow or who wants a "2 weeks diet book.  Its for people, who want to understand what they eat and how its going to make them feel in a minute or in 10 years. Its also for people, who've ever eaten the whole bowl of pasta and in an hour felt tired and hungry again 
Maureencd More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book.  Cameron Diaz has provided excellent information for anyone at any age.  Her book makes sense and far exceeds any diet book.   Read it.  You'll enjoy it and it just may change your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love it!!!
Baby-Boomer More than 1 year ago
Cameron really did her research on this book. I have learned a lot about food and nutrition that has surprised me, and she explains where some of these ideas about healthy living originated. It is a good motivational book to get you started on a healthier path. Still reading, but think she has done a good job with this one.
Ziggy3339 More than 1 year ago
I'm 65 years old and it's one of the top 10 books I've ever read. I say this because I read a reviewer state on this  AND another website that it's best for teens. Respectfully, I have a completely different opinion. It is only one  of two books on health that have ever had a profound effect on my life. (The other was called, "The Book  of Macrobiotics"…many years ago). Granted, I'm not delving into diet books but like others, was curious to know the current information regarding health and bodies and decided she'd have access to the best most current ways out there.This is NOT A DIET book, friends. It's a lifestyle book (much more my kind of thing anyway, you know?). It's riddled with information, yes, and ways she's found to deal with staying healthy and wise. It's good to know HOW to keep my brains working at their optimum, how to keep getting better, what works for her, how to find out what's right for me, and just plain how to "get there from here". She's a surprising motivational writer and having just finished the book less than an hour ago I feel like I'm armed with everything I need to go forward and be the best "me" .I've already recommended it to many of my friends who've felt the same way. This young lady can write! (oh, and I purchased the audio as well for listening in the car as I travel around…very well put together!). Five stars for this book. What a generous sharing of all she's learned. I'm hoping that she keeps writing more. I don't see that many movies  but I DO read!
kfk831 More than 1 year ago
Good refresher on the body with lots of tips to stay healthy and feel your best..
DogWalker14 More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was well written, honest and informative. I have a new appreciation for Cameron Diaz
chelsea00 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have been on Weight Watchers for 2 years and this is the boost I needed. Cameron's book is very educational and anyone looking to get healthy should check this book out. It is not a diet. It is a life style change. That is the only way to lose weight. That is what this book is about. Love this book and recommend it to all my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an abdolute MUST read for the all too many women who are constantly fighting their hunger, counting calories, and hating the bodies they're in. Cameron's writing is easy to relate to and full of so much vauable information that I can't believe I missed in all my years of school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! Cameron did great research and was very encouraging. I've told all the important women in my life about this book! Five Stars! * ebook does have a couple typos but that was the only issue
blogan32 More than 1 year ago
I love this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to change their eating habits and lifestyle for the better!
tssKY More than 1 year ago
This was not what I expected. It may be good book for someone that wants to learn some medical definitions of your body. I'm already familiar with that info. I was expecting more about her routine. I wanted to know her meal plans, her exercise routine. For me there was just too much stuff in there that was not needed. Everyone is different so it may be for you. The online sample does not show enough. Go to the store and look at the book before purchasing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book..very helpful..very informative..i will try to live a healthier lifestyle.
Jubo More than 1 year ago
This was surprisingly good. I went into this book pretty knowledgeable, but learned a few things I didn't know. She's done her homework and pulled examples from her own experiences to illustrate points. As a lot of reviewers pointed out, the book is very conversational and pleasant. The beginning of the final section does start out overly motivational, but takes a turn after a chapter or two and is probably the most important section in the book. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read in years. She breaks everything down and makes it very easy to understand. So much of what she's discussed I've already implemented in my life
Summer_Baby19 More than 1 year ago
Love this book!! It is amazing! Very insightful and important information. She is super honesty and it feels as if she is just having a conversation with you. I finished half the book in one sitting (which says a lot because I am not a fast reader at all, but I couldnt put it down). She simplifies the facts and puts it in to real action and suggestions. She has done her research and it shows. It isnt about her life, its about how all of our bodies work and how to maximize what we put in and get out of them. 
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