The 5 Best Diet Books for Real-Life Weight Loss

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If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off for good, you have lots of options. There are apps, commercial weight loss programs, and online celebrity diets, but those can be expensive and hard to follow. A good weight loss book is inexpensive and only requires a one-time payment. And the information is always available for you to reference. 

Best Weight Loss Books

So which diet book is best for you? It depends on your lifestyle and your weight loss goal. Different books work for different people.

"Slim By Design, Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life"

It's hard to believe that simple changes to your home or workspace can help you to lose weight, but they can. Food researcher Brian Wansink, PhD, conducted years of research to prove it. Dr. Wansink was the director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and studied eating behavior for years.

Of course, you might think that a book about food research would be boring. And worse, it would be hard to follow. But the book is hilarious and so much fun to read. Better yet, the tips that Dr. Wansink provides are easy to follow.

"Slim By Design, Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life" is best for people who aren't ready for a full-scale diet and who don't have a lot of weight to lose. This program isn't a diet, but simply a guide to easy changes that can result in healthier eating habits.

"Calorie Accounting"

When I first looked at this book I expected to dislike it. It looks more like a comic book than a diet book. So I thought that author Mandy Levy's advice would be too trendy and not based on good weight-loss principles. But I was wrong.

"Calorie Accounting" is easy to read and so much fun to follow. Mandy is not a dietitian or a nutritionist. She is simply a busy woman who has lost weight successfully. Her advice is solid, and if you follow her guidelines, you will not only lose weight, but you'll have lots of fun in the process.

This book is best for young women with a sense of humor who don't have time to cook extravagant meals or follow complicated programs.

"The Calories In Calories Out Cookbook"

This diet book is more of a cookbook than a comprehensive weight loss program. But it does include plenty of common sense advice about starting and sticking to a diet. The authors, Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo, both have strong backgrounds in nutrition, so you can trust the quality of their advice.

What I love most about this book is the way the recipes are set up. The book is divided into sections according to the meal. Nutrition information is provided, but the authors also include the amount of exercise you need to do to burn off a single serving of that dish.

"The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook" is best for those who have time to cook and who like to exercise. It's also good for new cooks, since the recipes are easy to follow and include readily available ingredients. 

"The Exhaustion Breakthrough"

One of the reasons that many people quit their program is out of sheer fatigue. Weight loss is exhausting! So when I saw this book by Holly Phillips, MD, I was intrigued. Dr. Phillips is a medical contributor at CBS News. Her book provides real-world solutions for anyone who needs more energy, whether or not they are looking to lose weight.

"The Exhaustion Breakthrough" is best for people who are sick of starving themselves and find that they are too tired to exercise. It's also a helpful book for people who aren't ready to go on a diet but want to make healthy changes in their lives.

"Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle"  

If you're ready to make serious changes in your life, then this is the book for you. Both men and women can benefit from "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle," but I thought it was particularly good for men who want to lose weight and increase their muscle.

Author Tom Venuto is a self-proclaimed former "fat boy." He is now a best-selling author and fitness expert. There is plenty of smart advice in the book that will surely change your body if you're ready to make the commitment. This book is best for men or women who are ready to make significant changes in their lives to change their bodies.

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