The media has an unprecedented interest in health at the moment; from bloggers and actresses, to radio DJs, it seems a different celebrity brings out a healthy lifestyle book every other week. Here, we cut through the ghost-written nonsense to help you find the books worth buying.
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
This book is a reasonable starting point for the first-time gym goer. It includes some basic anatomy and physiology, for which the lay-man might be grateful. It talks about having balance in your exercise routine, and the importance of stretching.
However, there are some bits of advice in this book that are a bit unrealistic, and can come across as quite self-indulgent, for example she won’t meet friends for lunch because her food planning is too important to her wellbeing.
But for the average person, reading with a pinch of salt, there is information to be gained from this publication in terms of basic nutrition and exercise understanding.
VERDICT – half and half
MADE by Millie Mackintosh
For a healthy lifestyle book, there is a massive proportion of this that is literally just about makeup, clothes and hair. If you’re invested in Millie Mackintosh as the health and lifestyle guru her social media accounts paint her to be, you might be disappointed in the lack of content.
The content as covered is more exclusive than an average reader would enjoy. She recommends fitness classes that are on an “invite only” basis to the rich and famous, and so unattainable to the majority of her book’s audience.
She does go though some simple work out moves, and is photographed for reference. But there is nothing much here to build into a routine.
VERDICT – miss!
Cook Happy, Cook Healthy by Fearn Cotton
Fearn delivers, in her usual laidback style, some pretty awesome recipes in this cookbook. The halloumi and beetroot salad is probably my favourite, but there are also some great breakfast ideas and sweet treats in there too. The tone is friendly, and homely – and not preachy at all, which can be a real downfall in celebrity health and lifestyle books.
Because the book is geared around actual useful information in how to prepare the food, the “chatty” bits are kept short, and this totally prevents the book from turning from recipe guide to self-promotion.
I am genuinely adding Fearne’s follow up book Cook. Eat. Love. to my amazon basket as we speak!
VERDICT – hit!