Could the Jane Austen diet be the modern day answer to weight loss?


Written by Bryan Kozlowski, The Jane Austen Diet: Austen’s Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness delves into the storylines of Austen’s most famous stories to unearth the advice for a happy and healthy life that the prolific author hid between the lines of her books.

Whether it’s eating like the Bennet sisters, exercising like Emma Woodhouse, or staying in the same frame of mind as Elinor Dashwood, Kozlowski has sought to unlock Austen’s ‘secrets’ to write a modern code for health and happiness as inspired by the author and her characters.

You may be wondering how tales exploring themes such as love, independence, society and gender could contain enough advice to compile a Jane Austen diet book, however Kozlowski has revealed that Austen uses the word ‘health’ over 100 times in her novels.

“Here was a woman just as interested in persuading her readers to live a healthier life as she was inspiring them to fall in love,” Bryan Kozlowski told The Sydney Morning Herald.

Free from obsessive diet rules and ‘banned’ food lists, the Jane Austen diet instead focuses on how to look after your physical, mental and emotional health to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

With no whisper of the 2018’s go-to Keto diet, Kozlowski instead goes into detail about how Austen wrote characters who not only ate bread, but loved it – and how the author herself was known to indulge in the odd pastry now and again.

In terms of exercise, you don’t have to have read too many of Austen’s novels to know how important the simple act of walking is for the character’s physical, mental and emotional health. Elizabeth Bennet loves trudging around the countryside so much she has a habit of turning up at grand country houses caked in mud and a long wilderness walk at Sotherton is a pivotal point in the storyline of Mansfield Park.

Released this week, the book is written with a light-hearted, self-knowing tone that asks readers not to take the Jane Austen Diet too seriously – neither Austen or Kozlowski are health or fitness professionals after all.