Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Thinspirational Diet Books to Supplement Your Supplements



Diet supplements often take time to see real results, as with anything. We can't afford to splurge on unhealthy eats because there's a good chance they'll prolong our progress. Joy Bauer, health expert on the Today show, says that one of the main reasons diets fail is because of lack of commitment. "Weight loss is at least 50% attitude. If you're not truly ready to make a full-time commitment to losing weight, chances of long-term success are pretty slim."

Slim. That's the idea. In order to get there, we need constant motivation and easily attainable resources that will help us reach our goals. Aside from the internet, your best resource to find motivation is simply buying a book. It's summer after all, and reading should be at least in the middle of your priority list. You're going to be at the beach flaunting that newly shredded body, after all right? And Kindle's don't do well in the sun.

Here are some of the top thinsperational books out there, or "skinny reads" as Shape magazine so aptly puts them. listed by popular sites like Diets in Review, Shape, and Basil and Spice. Fully loaded with easy recipes, tips, tricks, and treats, the books listed below will help you along as you carve out a niche for yourself in the slim world with All Day Slim. I was very careful to choose only those books that target issues people identify with the most: fad-diet failures, food lovers that have trouble restricting, dieters with a loss of motivation, and all the rest who've tried everything and just outright quit.

Thin for Life by Anne M. Fletcher, MS, RD: This book is best suited for the fad-diet failure. We all know how disappointing it is to buy a product that promises a quick fix and ends in regain. Which is why Fletcher has included in her book stories of 160 different men and women who've lost 20 pounds or more and kept the weight off for at least three years. How much more inspiring is it to lose weight than by hearing about the success of the very people who've accomplished it? In addition to their stories, each person includes their favorite recipe, one they've concocted that stands as both a delicious treat and a healthy choice. So not only will you have 160 weight-loss tools of the trade, but recipes to go with them!

Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry by Janet and Greta Podleski: This one's for depressed food lovers. And when I say depressed, I mean there are a lot of laughs to be had in this cook book. I laughed aloud reading the review, it's that good. Whimsical cartoons and mind-tickling monikers are used to describe each dish, like "Soprawnos" and "Wise Guy Pizza Pie". Also the book is divided into categories like the "Ex Files", a section dedicated to exercise. What helps is that the ingredients for each recipe can be bought at any grocery store, and there's a ton of information to help people who are uncertain of how many carbs each meal should have, or if they're getting an adequate amount of protein.

American Dietetic Association's Complete Food and Nutrition Guide by Roberta Larson Duyff: Now that you've got your motivational stories and your handy recipes, you'll need a little something to reference. The Complete Food and Nutrition guide is penned by the American Dietetic Association, and is a great source of reliable information on how to embrace and maintain optimum health. The book is a great resource for beginners, as it contains scientific information regarding what types of nutrients to include in your diet plans as you embark on your path to weight loss. The guide also provides sound advice on diet myths, strategies to prevent disease, and diet supplements.

Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko: Editor-in-Chief for Men's Health magazine, Zinczenko has compiled a 320-page list of healthy substitutions for those who eat out more than they eat in. If you're looking to shed some pounds but simply can't resist the urge to eat out, this would be a handy tool to have around. The editor hasn't stopped at writing books though. Read what he had to say about Subway bread, and why people are actually voting to ban high fructose corn syrup from their ingredients!

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