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The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body Hardcover – December 31, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperWave; First Edition edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062252747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062252746
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (690 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“The book is fabulous. It’s really spectacular” (Dr. Oz)

“Knowledge is power, and that’s what this book is about.” (Robin Roberts, Good Morning America)

“This book road-mapped for me why I feel better today than I did when I was 20. And it explains to me the importance of strength inside and out.” (Rachael Ray)

“[THE BODY BOOK] is brimming with advice, tips and tricks and useful science that she’s learned along her wellness journey.” (SELF Magazine)

“…Diaz’s message is smart: Your body is the best instrument you’ll ever own.” (Daily Beast)

“Her manual reads a bit like a cross between a science textbook and articles from the Well section of the New York Times your mother sends you, with a dash of a best friend that likes to overshare.” (Jezebel)

“Unlike other celebrities who are out there promoting juicing, fitness or slapping their names on wellness books they didn’t write or could care less about - Cameron is the real deal.” (Access Hollywood)

From the Back Cover

Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women. By her own admission, though, this fit, athletic star wasn't always as health-conscious as she is today. Her consumption of bad foods had an effect on her skin and her body. "If you are what you eat," she says, "I was a bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions." Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and health was just one of the life-changing lessons that sparked Cameron's passion to explore the best ways to care for her body. In The Body Book, she shares the knowledge she's gained both from personal experience and from consulting with health experts.

Beginning with nutrition, Cameron explains why instead of fearing hunger, women should embrace their body's instinct for fuel and satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods.

Cameron also explains the essential role of consistent physical activity. Many women think about exercise in terms of pounds lost or muscle tone gained, but don't realize that working up a sweat is also essential for improving mood, boosting energy levels, and preventing disease. Cameron offers tips for choosing the right exercise program and shares her own workout strategies for looking and feeling your best.

Creating a healthy, beautiful body begins with learning the facts and turning knowledge into action. In The Body Book, women will find the tools they need to build a healthier body now—so they can live joyfully in it for years to come.

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Cameron wrote this book like she was talking to you one on one.
Teresa Anne Tobias
This book will help me and many others make healthy changes and live better, happier lives.
This is a very easy to read health book with lots of information.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
“The Body Book” written by famous actress Cameron Diaz is one of the many books on various diets that were published at the end of previous year, when all of us are counting many calories we have put into our body past holiday days and bring New Year's resolutions that precisely this year we’ll finally solve the problem of overweight.

Of several books on the subject read I already wrote reviews, and to this one I was mostly attracted due to its author, curious what about this subject has to say an actress whose body for many years manages to resist aging, while she still maintains a youthful appearance.
I'll be honest I was expecting a classic "picture book" kind of book such are typically released by well-known actors or singers, but to my surprise there are very small number of photos inside, and instead the author and her team offered a range of useful information on its three hundred pages.

Cameron intended her book solely for women, that is evident from the start when with a large font she addresses to women while explaining the reasons why she wrote her book – wanting to share with readers exciting experiences that brought great joy and fulfillment, like when you eat something delicious you turn to the person next to you and give a bite to try.
That is the way author feels about her book, being able to provide information about our bodies and nutrition that she used in her everyday living, the things that make her feel excited and joyous due to the ability to teach readers how to feed yourself both nutritiously and deliciously.
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286 of 343 people found the following review helpful By Echidna on January 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The Body Book is not your typical celebrity vanity project, which is both its strength and its weakness. Cameron Diaz deserves a lot of credit for truly exploring the science behind food, hunger and mental well-being. She breaks down medical jargon into clear, common terms and speaks to readers as though we're her old friends (get ready for HEAPS of caps). So why only three stars?

As she says in her introduction, "It is not a diet book. It is not a workout regimen. It is not a manual to becoming a different person." There are few examples of how she applies the knowledge to her own life and no favorite fitness tips or delicious and nutritious recipes. This book is all about the science of the body and Diaz truly does "go there." She discusses the female form in detail, defines portions of the anatomy and also has diagrams that help illustrate her points.

But that leads to another problem... this book isn't Kindle friendly. The charts and diagrams cannot be zoomed in on - at least on the Kindle Paperwhite - which often renders them completely useless because the text appears as teeny, tiny, completely illegible print.

If you're an adult female who is even moderately healthy, gets some exercise, and knows that processed food is bad, I'd suggest avoiding this book. If you're trying to help a teen create or reinforce good habits, then it might be worthwhile. Diaz offers some decent, general, science-based advice and it could also be a good resource for girls who have questions about their bodies that they're too embarrassed to ask.

Bottom line: not a bad book, but get the hard copy and give it to a teenager.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information here. Helped me change my views on some old habits and gave a good kick in the pants to get moving. I would recommend.
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I ordered this book online after listening to Cameron promote the book on Sirius radio. Her effervescent personality and 'girl's girl' approach to everything the interview discussed made me want to buy her book sight unseen. I have three grown daughters and figured we could all benefits from something she has to offer in her book. After reading some of the reviews (after ordering), I worried that I made a mistake. Some gave it one star saying it was 'poorly written', 'nothing new!', 'my mother taught me this in middle school', yada yada yada!

Well, I'm 45 years old, and my mother taught me NOTHING (and I mean nothing) about any of the basic things in Cameron's book INCLUDING my menstrual cycle and how NOT to get pregnant. You think I'm alone? My school system let me down as well! I actually graduated high school learning nothing of anatamy...(yes, it's possible all of you smart alecs who claim EVERYONE KNOWS THIS! nope, no they don't) So, Hallelujah, I finally have a beautiful, fun to read manual. It's as if i'm sitting down with Cameron over a cup of coffee and she's telling me all about it! THAT is the kind of 'celebrity' book I like to read. That's the beauty of it right? You already feel like you know them, and now they are talking to YOU!

This book is not a miracle cure for your weight problems, but it is a 'go-to' to help you to better understand the 'why' and 'how' of your body's functions, and certainly a cheeleader. For instance....I workout, but I've never gotten a good clear answer as to why or what i need to eat before or after a workout. the answer always varies from one source to another. She lays it all out there for me. It is an easy to read book, but chock full of great information that we need.
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