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My Favorite Diet Books

By Mary_RD on Mar 12, 2009 12:50 PM in Dieting & You
Edited By +Rachel Berman

A great book can change your life.  Ask Erik Fantasia who created Calorie Count after reading The Hacker's Diet by John Walker.  You can read it too online for free.

None of my favorite books is a best seller.  Those books play too fast and loose with science.  I avoid promises of quick weight loss, strict plans and eliminating food groups.  One of my favorite books, Volumetrics, was voted the most carefully researched diet plan by Consumer Reports.  I particularly love the books about compulsive eating that help the victims of those other diet plans. 

My favorite diet writer is Geneen Roth, a wonderful eccentric who approaches food in an open, curious and kind way.  For children, Ellyn Satter is the master, and for the basics, there's no beating Dieting for Dummies. 

And so without ado, my favorite diet books so far: 

For Compulsive Eaters

The No-Nonsense Basics

Your thoughts....
What is your favorite diet book?  Have you read any of these?


Someone on CC suggested the book, "Never Say Diet" by Chantel Hobbs. I haven't read it yet, but am thinking of going out and buying it. Has anyone else read it?

Instead of reading diet books - read books that show you how to change your eating habits permenantly. Mos tof the above do not go far enough in making you healthier - they are just concerned with having you lose 10 pounds. Be and eat healthier - and the weight will tkae card of itself!

The 10% Solution for a Healthy Life by Raymond Kurzweil - available free online at: t.html?m%3D16

Also read The China Study - a 30 year study on diet and disease.

Also look at books by John McDougall - he is a doctor who prefers changing diets to taking drugs - heart disease, cancer and other western diseases (people in asia do not die of heart disease or cancer like we do - unless they move here and eat like us in which case they do!)

I started the NO S DIET on April 1, 2008.  I am 54 years old, 5'10" and weighed 216 at the time.  This diet is the best thing I've ever tried, and the only thing I've ever been able to stick with for this long.  This morning I weigh 187.  I've gone from a size 18-20 to wearing size 14 comfortably.  I used to buy XL or even 2X tops and now I wear size L.  At first I lost 1# a week, but the last 6# has gone slower.  I have not had a problem with rebound weight gain at all.  If you are tired of gimmicky diets you have nothing to lose but weight by trying his method of weight loss.  It's just common sense and the only hard part is to remember not to stick food in your mouth between meals.  If you can't or don't want to buy the book google "No S Diet" and check it out at the website.  It's free.  Nothing to join, nothing to buy.   TIP:  You don't have to eat 5 or 6 times a day, you just need to eat more at your 3 meals and NOTHING in between.  Not even 'healthy' snacks.  You eat more foods at your meals, not more of any one food.  Before long you'll find yourself eating nutritionally balanced meals so that you WONT get hungry in between!

Loved Flip the Switch by Jim Karas.  Very motivational and inspirational.  Contains exercises in one of the chapters as well.

My favorite "diet" book is: Water With Lemon. by Zonya Foco, RD and Stephen Moss.  This book reads like a story, but boy did it change my outlook on how I cook and feed myself and my family.  Since I read this book last summer/autumn I have, without trying, lost 35lbs and I still haven't gotten around to adding exercising which I am hoping to motivate myself to do very soon with the warm weather coming.  This book is no quick fix, no meal programs, no deprivation.  It concentrates on a healthier lifestyle with the "Power of One Good Habit" motto which results in the added benefit of losing those unwanted pounds gradually and without even trying.  I have to say this book has completly changed my life.  I'm truly grateful for the knowledge I have acquired to be successful in not only losing weight, but feeling and being healthy.  I'm continuing to lose weight every month and I love what I'm eating and my family is a part of it without even knowing it because we all eat the same thing and they don't even know how healthy they are eating.  For anyone who decides to pick up this book, I would love to know what you think of it.  Be well, live Healthy----- Cindy

am reading it now and following her program, so far, so good.

Original Post by: bakerem4

Someone on CC suggested the book, "Never Say Diet" by Chantel Hobbs. I haven't read it yet, but am thinking of going out and buying it. Has anyone else read it?

I have read that book and it really helped me to transform the way I thought about food and feeling deprived during dieting, and the new way of life. It is an excellent book for those who want to stop the cycle and feel good about doing it. She also has some great exercises in the book that will make it even easier for you to change your body.

I have just started reading 'How to stop dieting and start living' by Sue Prosser.  Published by Kingsway.  It is a lifechanging bookSmile

It's a UK book but it available in the US/Canada

I like Jillian Michael's books (trainer on the biggest loser). She looks at all the other things like clutter. She was a fat teenager and she knows she has to work hard not to gain her weight back. You have to make more time and have a simpler life than thin people in order to lose weight and keep it off.

She says for every item you bring in your home 2 items have to go. Don't have stuff you have to look after . You need that time to exercise and cut vegetables.

I recommend reading her books regardless of which diet plan you choose.

I always order diet books through my library system. I read them before I decide to buy them ! 

I've lost 35 pounds since October after reading The Hacker's Diet online.  I highly recommend it. 

One of my faves is a book called 'Flip the Switch' by Robert K. Cooper. It says "Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Metabolism & Burn Fat 24 Hours a Day". Fantastic book. So many things in there. I've learned so much from it. It's more about healthy lifestyle living with a benefit that your metabolism will be naturally boosted.

The book that has helped me is The Philosopher's Diet by Richard Watson. I'd like to check out some of these as well... for extra moral support. =)

I liked the book: The Thin Commandments by Steve Gullo. I lost a few pounds immediately when when started to read his method and went by his recipes.

I found the Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto ( ng/dp/1583333290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237 038465&sr=1-1)  to be the first book I actually got inspired by.

I actually liked Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. He used simple, no-nonsense reasoning about weight loss and emotional eating and I found the book very motivating while I was reading it.

The Thin Commandments is good... I also looooooove the Biggest Loser books because it really provides good motivation, substitutes, recipes, and fitness routines that normal non-athletic people can do! :)

Original Post by: charislmt

I actually liked Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge. He used simple, no-nonsense reasoning about weight loss and emotional eating and I found the book very motivating while I was reading it.

I like that one too.



I have at least 6 books on different approachs to eating and they are now collecting dust while  I collect pounds. I need to discipline myself but do not know how. Help any suggestions?

i rad it too and it was a good book about changing my out look on food and nutrition and my relationship with food. Definitley worth the read.

I like Tosca Renos Eat Clean Diet. It really just explained it all for me.

I have read the "Eat Clean Diet" by Tosca Reno of Oxygen Magazine fame. Reno doesn't advise counting calories, but rather focus on the quality of nutrients in all foods one eats. I tried this and was successful in losing some weight, however I have been using Calorie Counter recently to ensure I don't go over my daily calories.

This is the best book I have ever read on weight issues. It deals more with the emotional side of overeating or eating disorders NOT a DIET book. I know what foods to eat but no one before has ever told me how to work on the emotional things that effect my eating disorder. I have read Chantel's book and it is good too.    The Solution: For Safe, Healthy, and Permanent Weight Loss by Laurel Mellin and (none) (Paperback - May 19, 1998) Buy new: $13.00 $11.70 198 Used & new from $0.01 Get it by Wednesday, Mar 25 if you order in the next 4 hours and choose one-day shipping. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.  (56)   Other Editions: Paperback, Paperback, Audio Cassette


I really liked "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto.

It has taught me a lot about nutrition.

Wow, thanks for all the great tips. I always get motivated when reading other's ideas.

I have strayed a bit in the past couple of months due to my husband being hospitalized with a serious illness. I spent every day at the hospital and lived on vending machine food. He is home, he is recovering, I am grateful.

And BACK on track.

Thanks so much for this site.


I am really enjoying Thin for Life. A doctor interviewed many people that lost and kept off weight and gives their secrets.

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