Have you read diet book after diet book, still unable to find a plan that you can actually stick to?
Or maybe you don’t even bother anymore, because you’ve given up on your ability to follow a plan.
You’re not alone – and we’ve compiled a list of legit diet books that can get you on track, for good.
1. Superlife by Darin Olien
Ready to go through a complete life overhaul that leaves you feeling ready to conquer anything?
Superlife is the guide that you need. This book covers five different facets to consider as you go through weight loss, athletic training, conquering health issues, and more.
From telling you what kind of water to drink and why to explaining the type of diet that’s most beneficial for getting rid of pesky lingering health issues, Superlife teaches you how to become your healthiest self – for good.
While Olien is plant-based, he makes a point that not everyone has to be, even though that’s how he feels best. He goes into how animal foods can be both beneficial and harmful but never makes you feel as if you’re doing something wrong if you choose to continue eating animal products.
2. It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig are the brilliant teams behind the now-well-known Whole 30 plan. A month of whole foods only can seem like a daunting task, but It Starts With Food shows people who are considering the Whole 30 plan why the plan works so well, and how easily it can be implemented into daily life.
This book digs into the science behind eating whole foods and gives readers practical tips on how to incorporate aspects of the Whole 30 plan into their daily lives.
The book also talks about what to expect during the transition from eating a standard American diet to a whole foods diet and gently walks readers through how to overcome cravings, setbacks, and other issues that can make it tough to stick to the plan.
3. Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases by Dean Ornish, M.D., & Anne Ornish
This national bestseller doesn’t just show readers how to lose weight – it explains how to do so in a way that fights many health conditions that Americans have come to accept as fate. Undo It! explains how diet can go a long way in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other health issues.
Covering food, exercise, stress, and relationships, Undo It! allows readers to make small lifestyle changes, one at a time, to help them achieve the wellness they’ve likely been working toward for years.
Many of the tactics in Undo It! have been adopted by health insurance companies to encourage their clients to work towards healthier lifestyles that reduce the cost of the disease.
While many of the diet books on the market today emphasize a high-protein or high-fat approach, forks over knives recommend eating whole, plant-based foods in order to change health and diet for good.
In this book, Stone doesn’t just explain why plant-based eating matters. He also provides a step by step primer to help people who are making the transition to a plant-based lifestyle, providing expected road bocks and tips and tricks to make it through the adjustment period.
Stone also provides readers with 125 recipes, allowing them to put what they’re learning into practice. Stone explains why going plant-based has benefits that reach far beyond the individual, and allow families and the planet to become a healthier, more harmonious place.
5. The How Not to Die Cookbook by Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, & Gene Stone
Another winner from Gene Stone, The How Not to Die Cookbook pairs Stone and Dr. Greger to provide readers with even more recipes that help them to transition from eating to lose weight to eating to thrive.
This cookbook provides readers with tips and tricks on how to prevent, treat, and even reverse disease, all using the power of food.
This book takes the principles laid out by Stone and puts them to life, teaching readers even more tips and tricks for bringing disease-reversing ingredients into their daily lives.
One of the many reasons why some people struggle to stick to a healthy diet is that they feel the food simply doesn’t taste as good as a standard American diet. In this book, Greger and Stone prove that that simply is not true.
6. Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: The Fast and Easy Low-FODMAP Diet Plan by Danielle Capalino
Bloating, fatigue, a feeling of puffiness – most of us in the fitness world have been there at some point. Inflammation in the body can express itself in a number of ways.
At the root cause of inflammation is the body’s immune system working to fight off an allergy or sensitivity. While it can be tough to figure out exactly what foods your body struggles to process, following a low-FODMAP diet can go a long way in getting your health off on the right foot.
FODMAPS – sugars found in certain foods that are difficult for many people to digest – can wreak havoc on the digestive system.
Many of the foods that qualify as FODMAPS are commonly thought of as healthy, and it can be tough to reconcile which foods are ok to eat on a low-FODMAP diet. Capalino explains how to stick to a low-FODMAP diet in a way that’s easy to understand and can be applied to daily life in a sustainable way.
If you find that you often feel bloated, fatigued, and suffer from digestive issues even though you eat a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables, a low-FODMAP diet may be a good fit for you.
Capalino is well-qualified to provide dietary advice, and the information in Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach can go a long way in helping you to jump-start a healthy lifestyle that allows you to see results fast.
7. The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet by Hilary Boynton & Mary G. Brackett
Scientists and nutritionists are just beginning to understand the delicate connection between the microbiome of the body and how it affects the brain, digestion, and other processes of life.
In your body, you have a countless number of living microbes that can help or hurt your overall health.
If you struggle with digestion issues, cravings, mental fogginess, fatigue, and other issues that are tough to pin down to one sole cause, it’s likely that your gut microbiome needs to go through some healing.
The Heal Your Gut Cookbook is the perfect first step to learning how to heal your gut while also eating foods that allow you to thrive.
Many medical professionals are beginning to refer to the gut’s microbiome as the second brain. It’s thought that microbes that help your body are related to cravings for healthy foods, while microbes that hurt your body are related to cravings for unhealthy foods.
When bad microbes take over your gut, it’s possible to get trapped in a spiral of unhealthy eating, spurred further by continued cravings for processed foods.
When you work to eat in a way that heals your gut, it’s likely that you’ll find that many systems of your body are positively affected. Many people report improved clarity, better sleep, clear skin, and increased energy when their gut health and digestion begin to improve.
Boynton and Brackett go over exactly what you need to know to repair your gut, and how you can create your own versions of heavily processed foods (such as broths) that you often pick up at the grocery store out of convenience.
While healing your gut can take some work, it’s well worth it when you see the abundant payoffs in health.
8. Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook by Myra Goodman, Linda Holland, & Pamela McKinstry
Goodman, Holland, & McKinstry combine the best of two worlds – recipes and science – in Food to Live By.
This guide to transitioning to a whole food, organic life provides cooking and shopping tips, different ideas on how you can weave your new way of living into your family’s life, and the reasoning behind why your new, healthier food choices are making you feel better than ever before.
If you’ve ever stood in the produce section of the grocery store, wondering exactly how to decide which items will give you the biggest nutrient punch, the field produce guides in this book will be right up your alley.
You’ll learn how to make the food choices that are best for your body, and you’ll learn how each and every decision that you make can help you to increase your overall well-being.
9. The New Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy by Mark Sisson
The idea of eating like our ancestors have become a hot topic in recent years, and for good reason. The idea that humans were once hunter-gatherers who thrived on eating nutrient-dense, high-quality food, free from grains, has been proven to be an effective lifestyle choice for many.
In The New Primal Blueprint, Sisson teaches readers how to utilize what we know about how our ancestors ate to unlock our own power.
According to Sisson, it’s not just about changing the likelihood that certain genes will be expressed by your body – it’s about turning genes on and off, changing your longevity and well-being.
When you understand more about how to allow your body to thrive, you’ll naturally begin to gravitate toward the foods that make you feel the best.
While adjusting to a primal lifestyle can take some time, many people find that it feels natural after a few weeks and that they never want to go back to their old way of eating due to their newfound health and energy.
You’ve got the information – now, what do you do with it?
We live in a time when information is more available than ever, and it’s time to put all the knowledge on this list to good use. Take some time to read a new diet book that interests you, and give yourself some time to put a new plan into place.
Be kind to yourself as you adapt to a new lifestyle, and know that it can take some time to find a diet plan that makes sense for you.