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Beautiful Bodies is a great memoir I had the opportunity to read on my Kindle a few weeks. I didn’t receive it as a review copy and got no recommendations, but it looked interesting as I was scrolling through available book options, so I took a chance on it. When I was looking it was only $1.99.
The author is Kimberly Rae Miller, a writer and actress living in New York City. Her writing on healthy living has been published on Conde Nast’s blog network, Social Workout, Yahoo’s women’s network Shine, and in various magazines. I really enjoyed her writing style as she shared her stories of wrestling with and making sense of body image in our modern world. As a woman I could really connect with her struggles, although I have managed to avoid the level of struggle she had. I think any women reading this book will be able to relate to some degree.
I also appreciated that Ms Miller is concerned about giving sound nutritional advice throughout this book. Although it is a memoir and told in story form, she shared some of what she learned as she moved along. One of the most significant lessons she learned was that eating low calorie (1200 calorie diet) can lead to decreased metabolism and the way she was able to break out of that was increasing her calories by 50-100 calories per week, she actually was able to increase her basal metabolic rate and lose weight by increasing her daily calorie in. She also shared the history of the 1200 calorie diet recommendation for women. The answer might surprise you.
This was a quick read (236 pages) but a great combo of enjoyment and learning. I recommend it to any woman who has worried about her weight and how she looks at some point. (That should hit every woman out there that can read.)