Best Diet Books

By Gayot Editors

Diet Books to Help You Lose Weight

Dieting is never going to be easy, and most of us simply can’t stomach sticking to rigid calorie-counting regimens. The good news is that with the right changes in your lifestyle (even small changes), losing weight doesn’t have to be torture. A doable daily plan makes all the difference.

To help you with your weight loss challenges, GAYOT has compiled a list of the Best Diet Books with a variety of approaches. Find the best way to shed the pounds (and keep them off!) and enjoy a healthier life. After all, it’s not about getting skinny, it’s about being healthy.

> In addition to these diet books, you can learn more about your favorite healthy foods and cookbooks to help you take control of what you eat.

1. Crazy Sexy Diet

Crazy Sexy Diet
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By: Kris Carr
Publisher: Skirt!
Originally Published: 2011

Kris Carr breaks down the best foods to eat after personally battling cancer.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kris Carr, there was a time where she too lived a SAD (Standard American Diet) and empty-calorie life… until she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Maybe we should all live like we have the big “C,” but in “Crazy Sexy Diet,” Carr will give you the perspective, inspiration and ingredients you need to make an even bigger “C” — change, of course! How? Through loads of veggies, cleanses, delicious juicing and other simple lifestyle changes.

2. Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet

Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet
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By: Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Publisher: Rodale
Originally Published: 2015

This health specialist breaks down the benefits of a diet rich in bone broth.

Dr. Kellyann Petrucci is a naturopathic physician and weight-loss specialist advocates the health benefits of bone broth including fat burning nutrients and skin-tightening collagen components. The cookbook includes recipes for various types of bone broths and explains how and why this diet is simple yet rich with nutritional value.

3. Eat to Live

Eat to Live
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By: Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Originally Published: 2011

This book offers a “nutritarian” program for weight loss.

Those simply looking to lose those elusive last five pounds may find Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s “nutritarian” approach a bit extreme. But those also wanting to reboot their immune system and cure chronic disease (including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes), should consider the author’s call for “nutritarianism,” a diet rich in antioxidants, minerals and phytochemicals. In Eat to Live, Fuhrman argues that switching to a whole lot of green and ditching animal products, sugar and processed foods will optimize your health and will allow you to lose weight without a sense of deprivation. That’s because Fuhrman’s meal plans allow for unlimited amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables and beans.

4. The Fast Life

The Fast Life
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By: Dr. Michael Mosley
Publisher: Atria Books
Originally Published: 2015

The recipes in The Fast Diet meet the exercise routines in The Fast Exercise, both by Dr. Michael Mosley.

Coupling all the nutritious benefits of The Fast Diet with the healthy fitness regimens in The Fast Exercise, Dr. Michael Mosley has created an all-inclusive guide to leading a better lifestyle in The Fast Life. With more than 40 quick, easy recipes and details on the benefits of intermittent fasting, this book can be the radical change in routine that you’ve been looking for. The exercises are fairly simple and the meals are delicious, so as long as you like staying on your toes and trying something new.

5. Low-Carbing Among Friends

Low-Carbing Among Friends
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By: Jennifer Eloff
Publisher: Eureka Publishers
Originally Published: 2011

Jennifer Eloff, an expert on low-carb dieting, offers advice and recipes for an Atkins-friendly regimen.

Eloff’s recipes are entirely absent of gluten, wheat and sugar, and offer a healthy variety of natural and artificial low-carb substitutes for everyday ingredients. The best part is you don’t have to do it alone. The best-selling author and her contributing writers act as coaches and cheerleaders throughout your dieting journey in this interactive cookbook series. And thanks to the “Friends” section, you can find a team of experts offering advice on your own recipes.

6. Skinny Bitch in the Kitch

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch
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By: Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin
Publisher: Running Press
Originally Published: 2007

Get the skinny on why meat, dairy and simple carbs are the evils of the food world.

When Skinny Bitch first hit the bookstores, it became an instant bestseller for its manifesto on the vegan lifestyle, a no-holds-barred war against the evils of the food world: meat, dairy and simple carbohydrates. In part two, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Freedman and Barnouin are back with a cookbook, offering vegan recipes that “don’t taste like crap.”

7. Superfoods Cookbook

Superfoods Cookbook
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By: Don Orwell
Publisher: Superfoods Today
Originally Published: 2015

Learn how to adapt a diet that’s loaded with all kinds of superfoods.

Superfoods” is a term that’s seemed to have popped up in the last few years, referring to nutrient-rich foods that benefit your health and well-being. As such, the diet in this book emphasizes the benefits of eating natural foods and avoiding processed foods altogether. From healthy fats (olive oil, nuts, avocado) to non-processed dairy (Greek yogurt, goat cheese), this book features healthy choices across the food pyramid with 95 recipes. Author Don Orwell explains it with simple math: Whole Foods Superfoods + Water – Processed Foods = Weight Loss and Good Health.

8. The CarbLovers Diet

The CarbLovers Diet
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By: Frances Largeman-Roth & Ellen Kunes
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Originally Published: 2012

Health magazine editors share advice on how to manage a carb-rich diet.

Carbs have a bad rep in the diet world but Frances Largeman-Roth and Ellen Kunes turn that notion on its head with carb-filled recipes that help not hurt the weight loss process. They focus on “Resistant Starch” which act as powerful metabolism boosters and appetite suppressants and can be found in foods like cooled potatoes and rice. According to research outlined by Kunes and Largeman-Roth, carbs shrink fat cells, boost fat burning, increase muscle mass, curb cravings and lower cholesterol and triglycerides among other benefits. It’s all about diet management versus deprivation so you can keep the carbs and lose the weight responsibly.

9. The Wild Diet

The Wild Diet
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By: Abel James
Publisher: Avery
Originally Published: 2015

Give up processed, factory-made foods and turn to natural, wholesome ingredients. Get it?

Abel James’s weight loss journey taught him that it’s not how you eat, but what you eat that matters. After giving up processed, factory-made foods and turning to natural, wholesome ingredients, James found himself burning more fat while exercising and losing weight the right way. His recipes resonate with that discovery and center among Paleo-inspired, “wild” ingredients that will help your body burn fat more easily. Forget counting calories and overworking yourself at the gym. He says a moderate exercise routine and natural foods are all you need to look and feel healthy.

10. You: Staying Young

You: Staying Young
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By: Dr. Oz & Michael F. Roizen M.D.
Publisher: Scribner
Originally Published: 2007

Dr. Oz’s “Owner’s Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great.”

A well-known name and face in the health and dieting realm has come back with this 2015 updated paperback version of this New York Times bestseller, You: Staying Young, The Owner’s Manual for Looking Good & Feeling Great. Dr. Oz and his coauthor, Dr. Michael F. Roizen of the popular YOU series, are now focusing on telomeres and bioidentical hormones in their latest cookbook to help explain how you can stay young and feel great with a healthy, wholesome diet and overall lifestyle.