December 20, 2014

Books to DIE(t) For: Sorting Through the New Diet Books of 2014 {Self-Care Saturday}

To diet, or not to diet? That is the question. 'Tis the season! Christmas isn't here yet, but the TV commercials have already made the New Years Resolution transition... Medifast, Slimgenics, and OH so many more. The January issues of all of the magazines are hitting newsstands with all of the weight loss headlines you might expect. And of course, December 30th is the release date of several new diet books.

I thought I'd do a post today that was a quick summary of each of the diet and weight loss books that I've received over the last 6 months or so. It would allow all of us to learn what options there were for weight loss plans out there quickly and easily. That was the plan anyhow. Until I started the spreadsheet list of all of the diet books that I've received for review over the last 6 months or so.


It's no wonder that when I think about dieting my head spins. I've received 35 books - all but one or two of them were released in the second have of 2014 - AND I know that the books that I received for review were just a portion of the books that were published.

No wonder we're overweight, because this shit is crazy. There are so many diets, so many plans, so many options. How can you begin to know what is even a healthy way to eat anymore? There are low-carb, no-carb, carb-cycling, wheat belly, paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, low-fat diets. There are elimination diets, diets where you eat the same foods over and over again in special combinations, allergy diets, inflammation diets, and lord help us all - the dreaded DETOX.

And when you DO find a diet plan that works, how do you keep the weight off? I swear that I've gained and lost at least 1000 pounds over the course of my life! I've been skinny and I've been fat. I've been a size 2 and a size 12 and back again. (and back again) The problem is that - for me - any sort of restrictive diet is not something that I can maintain.

Out of all the books that I received, there are two books that really stood out and I'm happy to share them with you. They aren't "diet" book, but instead focus on the psychology and philosophy of dieting - both of which are dramatically missing from most diet books and in my opinion are key to losing weight!

SMART PEOPLE DON'T DIET by Charlotte Markey

Written by a professor of the psychology of eating with experience in researching eating behaviors and body image, this book gives a healthy dose of common sense and psychology.

Food is fun. Diets are not fun. // Fads are dangerous; you want to focus on a healthy approach. // A healthy, gradual approach to weight management is not only scientifically supported but likely to be easier and more effective in the long term. // A back-to-basics, evidence-based approach will lead to permanent weight loss.  // Love your body and lose weight faster!


Rachel comes right out and says that she isn't a licensed nutritionist or physician and this book shouldn't replace nutritional counseling, but instead it's a book about her own diet philosophy. Lucky for all of us, her philosophy is sound, funny, and overall totally awesome.

She gets it that the diet and exercise industries are out to make millions. She gets it that if you tell me I can't have any bread when I fall off the wagon I'm going to eat so much bread I'll be ready to explode. Like me, she is a believer in calorie counting. AND her philosophy is to listen to your body.

"It's not about low-carb diets or will-power, but about eating the food you like and freeing yourself from emotional eating." Right?

YES, my New Year's Resolution for 2015 will include losing weight. NO, my New Year's Resolution will not include dieting! With the help of these two awesome books, I'm looking forward to getting my head on straight when it comes to losing weight the right way.

What do you think? Have you seen any books that changed the way that you look at food this year?

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