10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VERY useful for the dancer who struggles with their weight,
This review is from: Dancers' Body Book (Paperback)
I was a bit skeptical about buying a dieting book for dancers, as I know how severe the pressure is for dancer to be thin and figured all books would promote and/or encourage anorexia. I was thrilled when reading this book as it strongly advised against anorexia and gave some wonderful facts on dancers losing weight.
I am a dancer who has always struggled with her weight. I can't stand eating salad and fruit 24/7 as I am a sucker for cakes and soft drink. The example weekly diet in this book has such a variety of foods to choose from and not just salad.
This wonderful book starts off by explaining to the reader just what being a ballerina is like... the pressure, the training, constant criticism, etc and why they have the need to diet. The author does a fantastic job in getting across the real reason dancers need to be thin - perception of gracefulness in performance and scrutiny in front of mirrors during class.
I have tried fad diets and all types of things. I always thought a low carb diet would be best, but being a dancer, I need energy and the best source of which is carbohydrates. This is the first and only diet I have ever actually seen that encourages eating carbs!
It allows you to still eat certain foods that you like. Ie: chocolate brownies, cakes and even soft drink. Even though these things may be the low fat or diet versions, it still allows you to have them based on the amount of calories you are eating per day - just like weight watchers.
Another great thing is that is gives you recipes to a lot of the meals mentioned in the diet plan. Not only that, but because dancers are always on the move and don't have much time to prepare meals, these recipes are simple and quick to make.
Overall, a MUST HAVE book for any dancer... not only to help them lose weight, but as a reference for the kinds of foods dancers should and should not be eating!