12 Best Inspirational Weight Loss & Dieting Books Of 2020
Trying to kickstart your health goals but struggling to make them stick? These best-selling weight loss books will change the way you view dieting and exercise, allowing you to succeed with ease.
When it comes to achieving your health goals, it’s easy to get bogged down in all the varying advice on the best methods, diets, exercise tips and meal plans.
Fortunately, if you really want to kickstart your fitness journey and maintain results, there are a number of great guides by physicians, personal trainers, and even scientists that are around – and not only will they transform your whole approach to your wellbeing, according to reviews, they actually work!
Whether you’re interested in losing weight, building muscle, or just improving your general health, these are the best-selling books at Booktopia that will help you achieve your health goals with ease.
Intermittent fasting is a huge trend in weight loss, and this book combines the latest research on it with author Gin Stephen’s six years of fasting experience. She’ll help you to develop a consistent schedule you can transform into a “forever lifestyle” so that you can reach your health goals and maintain them for good.
Reviewers say it’s “an easy read and not too “sciencey” and “if you are looking for the final way to get your weight back on track and to not have to worry about that again, this is the book for you! Health with a side of weight loss”.
Eat Your Way Slim & Healthy by Bridget Davis, $27.75 (down from $35)
If you want to ditch the bloating, brain fog, mood swings and exhaustion that are getting you down, this cook book by award-winning chef Bridget Davis is the one for you. Her easy-to-follow recipes are sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free – and still delicious!
A reviewer said “Bridget has totally changed the way I choose to cook in my kitchen. Her amazing recipes have made my family happy and her wealth of knowledge when it comes to gut health, food and nutrition is all here for all who want to be slim & trim”.
The Fast 800 by Dr Michael Mosley, $24.25 (down from $29.99)
Qualified doctor, journalist, and creator of the 5:2 Fast Diet that revolutionised intermittent fasting, Dr Michael Mosley is the guide to your health transformation in this popular book. He’ll teach you why 800 is the magic number when it comes to optimal calories for successful dieting, as well as how to practically implement 800 calorie days into your lifestyle in a flexible way that’s sustainable in the long run.
Reviewers said “the diet itself is straightforward and easy to follow – no special gimmicks needed” and “this book was recommended to me by my GP. It is an easy read with great information. I honestly lost 5kgs in the 1st week then another 2kgs in the 2nd week”.
Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz MD, $41.25 (down from $45.99)
Gut health is the key to boosting metabolism and balancing hormones: that’s the secret Dr Will Bulsiewicz will let you in on in this best-selling guide. He’ll teach you to ditch the restrictive fad diets that leave your gut and motivation weakened and replace them with a manageable plan to promote health and weight loss. The 28-day jumpstart program will get you on track and the 65+ fibre-rich, plant-based recipes will keep you going so you can reach all your goals with ease.
A reviewer said it’s a “fantastic read, a book filled with science based nutritional information not fads or quick fixes. Well written, easy to understand and very insightful”.
Not a Diet Book by James Smith, $23.75 (down from $32.99)
Fixated on the number on the scales and in need of a confidence and health booster? Personal trainer James Smith has your back. He forgoes the fad approaches to weight loss to instead focus on a more holistic health plan that will actually guarantee success. With sections covering “common fitness fallacies” and the importance of sleep, Smith promises to put you back in control of your own life for good.
Reviewers said it’s a “It is well written, clever and FUNNY, be prepared to be fully absorbed start to finish” and “Would recommend to a friend that isn’t sure where to start when it comes to losing fat. So informative and a really good read!”
The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet by CSIRO, $29.95 (down from $39.99)
Australia’s favourite weight loss program is the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, and this book is the crash course to get you around it. It’s filled with science-backed knowledge and recipes to not only help you lose weight but also improve your overall health and wellbeing, making it a safe way to reach your goals efficiently.
Reviewers said “this actually works & is better than the fad diets as it teaches you to eat healthy & you can then maintain your weight” and it’s a “great book filled with delicious healthy recipes, and all super simple to make. Proving healthy eat is much more than salads”.
Roar by Stacy Sims, $26.25 (down from $32.99)
Designed for women at all stages of their fitness journeys, Roar provides all the training and nutrition advice required for success. Not only does author – exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Stacy Sims – provide insight into how to boost power and endurance, she also uniquely tailors the approach to the cycles of womanhood, from menstruation to pregnancy and menopause.
A reviewer said “this is a great book for female athletes, of all ages and abilities. I learned so much about the female body and all the little things I can do to improve my practice. I’d recommend this to any female who cares about her body”.
The Starch Solution by John McDougall, $22.95 (down from $27.99)
“Carbs” is a bit of a curse word when it comes to dieting and weight loss, but according to physician and author John McDougall, it doesn’t have to be! In this book you’ll find a menu planner, dozens of delicious and affordable healthy recipes, and proof that a starch-rich diet “can actually help you lose weight” and “prevent a variety of ills”.
Reviewers said “Dr John McDougall’s vitally important message is very easy to read, understand and most importantly, to action” and that it’s the “first time ever I don’t feel starving hungry on an eating program”.
Snack Power by Tiffiny Hall, $26.25 (down from $32.99)
Australian fitness guru Tiff Hall will help you lose weight and tone up with this cookbook jam-packed full of 225 delicious recipes that demonstrate the smarter way to snack. With tips for the best pre- and post-workout snacks, snacks for special occasions, family-friendly options and easy-to-follow tricks for batch-prepping, it’s the whole package.
Reviewers said it’s a “great recipe book for healthy eating options. I was pleasantly surprised at the volume and variety offered in this book, great value for the price” and that it “takes away the guesswork & makes healthy eating easy as pie”.
The Fast Low-Carb Kickstart Plan, $23.25 (down from $26.99)
Australian nutrition coach, motivator and personal trainer Luke Hines has spent over 15 years in the wellness industry, and in this book he shares his wisdom to help you achieve your goals with ease. It combines a tasty low-carb meal plan with high-powered intermittent fasting in a four-week kickstart program that not only helps you lose the weight, but allows you to keep it off too!
A reviewer said it’s “easy to understand, easy to follow, makes sense and fantastic four week plan! The recipes are some of simplest but yummiest to date!!”
The Sirtfood Diet by Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten, $19.80 (down from $22.99)
None other than superstar singer Adele followed the Sirtfood plan to achieve her health goals, and now you can too. Promising to help you lose 7lbs (or about 3.2kg) in seven days, the Sirtfood diet takes advantage of the everyday foods high in sirtuin activators, which activate powerful enzymes in your body to help you burn fat and build muscle.
A reviewer said “this book provides a plant-based option (as well as a meat option) for each meal. The recipes are delicious, easy to make and filling. The science behind the diet is well explained”.
Interval Weight Loss for Women by Dr Nick Fuller, $26.25 (down from $32.99)
As one of Australia’s leading obesity researchers, Dr Nick Fuller has a lot of experience in helping women lose weight, and in this book he spills all his secrets. Cutting through the false promises of fad diets and acknowledging the common health issues shared by women, Dr Fuller combines delicious recipes with smart meal plans to stop yo-yo dieting for good.
A reviewer said “I can’t speak highly enough of Interval Weight Loss for Women. It’s full to the brim with facts, a clinically proven weight loss program and recipes. The six principles outlined in this book are easy to incorporate into my lifestyle. By following this book and the Interval Weight Loss online program, I’ve successfully lost weight and am living a healthier lifestyle”.
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