If you go on a diet and lose a lot of weight, the world is at your feet (now that you can see them). Not only do you become more attractive, healthier, and pick up a big dose of self-esteem, but if you have a keen business sense about you, you can turn your weight-loss triumph into a legitimate 15 minutes of fame. Just see Subway’s Jared Fogle, Jillian Michaels or any one of the many weight-loss book authors out there.
Speaking of books in particular: If you were attempting to write a science-fiction best-seller, your work would be cut out for you. But if you’re writing a book for the weight-loss genre and have actually experienced personal success, you will probably land on Oprah and hit the Barnes and Nobel shelves.
That leaves everyday dieters with a big problem to solve. We all know there are thousands of dieting books out there, but which ones should we be reading? That’s the million-dollar question, because if you get bad advice or read a book whose plan is too difficult or not motivational enough, the diet’s not going to work.
In no particular order, we will go over 10 of the weight-loss books you should be reading. Of course, you don’t have to read them all. But if you’re serious about losing weight and getting your life back on the right track, then one of the books on this list will certainly get you headed in the right direction.
Top 10 Diet Books
1: The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About
If you’re a fan of infomercials or simply have trouble sleeping at night from time to time, you’ve probably seen Kevin Trudeau on the tube pushing his “what they don’t want you to know” line of books. One of his best-selling to date deals with weight-loss, and it’s definitely a book worth reading for any dieter.
Trudeau’s book is a tip-packed, motivational piece from start to finish. Not motivational in the sense that he’s yelling for you to get off the couch, but rather that he is empowering people with information that “they” (who “they” actually are remains up for debate) aren’t forthcoming with.
The diet in the book has been described as a bit difficult to follow, and it’s not suited for a vegan lifestyle. But for run-of-the-mill dieters, this book is jam-packed with useful information and advice that works.
2: Weight Loss for Dummies
Okay, you knew this book was going to make the list, so it’s better sooner rather than later. Weight Loss for Dummies is one of the hundreds of books in the “for dummies” series, and this particular version deals with dieting on a strict common sense level – delivering a guide that even a dummy could understand.
The book is really easy to read. It’s funny, endlessly clever, and it explains dieting and weight-loss in general in a way that actually makes sense and will enable you to easily follow a plan and achieve weight loss.
Carol Ann Rinzler is behind this book, and she certainly seems to know what she’s talking about.
3: The Japan Diet
Penned by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle, The Japan Diet is a widely successful weight-loss book, supposedly teaching “the secret to effective and lasting weight loss” by using an Asian diet to shed the pounds and to change one’s lifestyle.
Although this book is geared more toward delivering advice and overall wisdom and isn’t really pushing any type of diet on you, The Japan Diet still gives readers keen insight on a Japanese lifestyle and diet and provides plenty of tips to help anyone adapt their lifestyle. It’s also a fairly inexpensive book that hasn’t been latched onto by greedy marketers yet.
4: Weight Watchers: She Loses, He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women and Weight Loss
Any Weight Watchers book is worth its weight in gold, according to millions of successful dieters out there who reached their goals by following WW’s advice. The company has been at it for years, and this book, another in a long line, has been touted by many as the company’s best work yet at actually explaining weight-loss as a concept.
By understanding how your body reacts to foods, and by understanding that men and women need to take a different approach to weight-loss, Weight Watchers’ book can help anyone ease into a diet plan and effectively change their lifestyle. A book isn’t the be-all, end-all of weight-loss; an individual still needs to put forth the effort. But armed with the right knowledge, dieting is made that much easier.
5: The Biggest Loser: 30-Day Jump Start
We mentioned her earlier, and everyone probably knows her – the beautiful, fit, trim, mega-talented Jillian Michaels. Well, let’s not be misleading here. Jillian didn’t write this. She’s only the spokesperson for it. The Biggest Loser was penned by the television show’s nutritionists: Lisa Wheeler, Cheryl Forberg and Melissa Roberson.
Even still, Jillian’s presence is so prevelant in the world of dieters that her mere association is enough to send book sales through the roof. The best part is that 30-Day Jump Start doesn’t rest on the show’s laurels. It actually provides readers with useful advice and tips, exercise plans, recipes and even entire menus. The results from the show have been verified as real, and readers can get the same type of diet plan with this book.
6: So What Can I Eat?
Written by Ruth Winter and Elisa Zied, this diet book strays from the pack by presenting real information to people from the jump. Almost everyone on a diet knows full well that they shouldn’t be eating greasy pizza or fast food or candy bars. But that’s only what you cut out. What should you include? So What Can I Eat touches on everything you should be eating to assist in weight-loss and to change your lifestyle.
The book informs people of a variety of things, like how to properly prepare a shopping list, how to prepare balanced, nutritious meals, how to plan menus, and it even lets you know that the treats you crave do not necessarily have to be sacrificed completely as long as you are living a balanced lifestyle.
7: Weight Watchers: A Loss That Lasts
So, this is the second Weight Watchers book on the list. Well, being one of the most well-respected weight-loss names in the entire universe (unless Pluto has something we don’t know about) we could have made a list of the top-ten Weight Watchers books. That’s how many they’ve released throughout their tenure.
A Loss That Lasts gets to the “science of sustainable weight loss.” Penned by James M. Rippe, M.D., this book exposes the 10 biggest diet myths out there and lets individuals know how they can actually keep the weight off once they lose it.
For most people, the regaining of the weight is their biggest issue. A lot of individuals can lose the weight, but they let their diets lapse. A Loss That Last works to plug up the dam, so to speak.
8: Our Lady of Weight Loss
Janice Taylor isn’t some huge company or a guru writing books about every popular topic under the sun. When she penned Our Lady of Weight Loss, it was after successfully losing over 50 pounds and keeping it off. In general, this book is about how Janice did it and how you can supposedly do it too if you follow Taylor’s methods.
It’s motivational, clever, really fun to read, provides a lot of useful tips and practical advice, and it’s one of the “smart” books out there in a market full up with dumbed-down reading materials. Our Lady of Weight Loss is designed to make dieters feel good about their bodies as they continue on their mission to shed stubborn pounds and keep them off. For many dieters, it seems to be working.
9: I Can Make You Thin
While this book probably makes the boldest claims of any other book on the list (or perhaps on any list you will ever find), Paul McKenna has over 3 million people standing behind him, all willing to attest to his methods. I Can Make You Thin isn’t a diet plan per se; it’s much more of a psychological look at why you gain weight in the first place.
The book is packed with various tips and useful information on how to diet, but it also comes with a motivational CD that is aimed at helping you control those cravings and to help you stay motivated. As a package deal, I Can Make You Thin is worth a look-see.
10: Rethinking Thin
Written by Gina Kolata, Rethinking Thin is one of the more underrated dieting books on the market. It doesn’t deliver up a bunch of menu ideas or exercise plans. Instead, it makes you think about why diets fail in the first place as it exposes myths and delves into the “new science of weight loss.”
The book is billed as easy to read and many people have been able to successfully shed pounds after finding out why their old diets kept on failing. No fads, no gimmicks and no clichéd catch phrases to go on – Kolata’s book is a straightforward look at dieting and why most do not work.
It’s not hard to find a good dieting book out there. While this list only touches on 10 of the books we think are tops in the industry, you can find dozens that are great. However, in a flooded market like this, you can also find hundreds if not thousands that are pure gimmicks.
These books are all relatively easy reads and do not preach any type of fad to you. They put the knowledge in your hands and empower you to make the best decision for your particular goal.