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11 Books That Shine a Light on Weight Loss

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If you’ve ever tried dieting, you know how hard losing weight can be. But it’s definitely not a challenge you have to face alone — there are countless resources out there to help.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are considered overweight or obese. At any given time, there’s a good chance many of them are trying to change that through diet and exercise. Eating less and moving around more is solid advice. But most people need more detailed guidance than that!

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There’s an untold number of weight loss books on the market, some much more useful than others. In an attempt to cut through the clutter, we’ve collected 11 of the best.

Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Stop Dieting. Form New Habits. Change Your Lifestyle Without Suffering.

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What if weight loss success isn’t found in a complicated diet plan or fitness regimen, but in a series of small habit changes? That’s the premise behind "Mini Habits for Weight Loss." Author Stephen Guise explains why dieting can fail and how to achieve your weight loss and health goals. The secret, he says, is making small, maintainable adjustments to your everyday life.

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

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Whole30 is a popular approach to weight loss and overall health, written by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. This book is a follow-up to "It Starts with Food," which began the wildly popular healthy lifestyle brand. "The Whole30" includes step-by-step instructions for lasting weight loss and includes numerous recipes. The authors state their approach will not only help you lose weight, but regulate digestion, improve mood, and boost immune function, too.

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The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

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Hormones can play a major role in weight regulation. In "The Obesity Code," author Dr. Jason Fung says your hormones hold the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight for life. According to Fung, regulating your hormones automatically regulates your weight. He educates readers about insulin resistance and offers five concrete steps for achieving ultimate health.

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

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Tim Ferriss achieved notoriety with his breakout volume "The 4-Hour Workweek." Now, he’s back to share how he maintains his physique and stamina. "The 4-Hour Body" is a guide that promises to help you reach the pinnacle of health in just six months. You’ll be able to sleep less, eat more, get stronger, and heal faster. There’s no single solution, he says, but secrets from around the world that can give you superhuman health.

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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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What if ultimate health and weight loss success could be yours by simply cutting a few things from your diet? Cardiologist William Davis says this is possible in "Wheat Belly." His book was a number one New York Times best seller and has spawned countless social media groups. The book is based on the premise that wheat is the main culprit behind obesity, high blood sugar, and many other adverse health effects. In it, you’ll learn all about how wheat may be affecting your health and how to regain control.

Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently

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"Obesity warrior" Dr. David Ludwig wrote "Always Hungry?" to dispel modern myths about dieting and deliver solid evidence for lasting weight management and health. He proposes that the process of getting fat makes us overeat, not the other way around. Ludwig says you cause an even slower metabolism and dreaded cravings when you deprive your body of dietary fat. So, if you’re tired of abstaining from nuts, dairy, and meats for weight loss, you’ll surely enjoy this advice.

Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution: Turn Off the Genes That Are Killing You and Your Waistline

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Dr. Steven Gundry is a thoracic surgeon specializing in heart disease. He knows a thing or two about how your diet affects your overall health. In "Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution," he tells readers that it’s normal to find dieting and weight loss difficult. Your genes are working against you at every turn. The book features well-sourced research and advice, along with 70 recipes, a meal planner, and easy-to-implement lifestyle changes.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

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What if food makers were out to make you fat? They just might be. And in "Mindless Eating," Brian Wansink, PhD, the director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, gives you a taste of their tricks. He delves into how branding and marketing affect our food decisions, what determines how fast and how much we eat (it may not be hunger!), and how we can learn to recognize these cues and behaviors to stop them in their tracks.

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster — in Just Two Weeks

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In addition to making millions of dollars in Silicon Valley, Dave Asprey was successful at losing well over 100 pounds. In "Head Strong", Asprey focuses on how to work smarter and faster. His advice can be applied to everything, from your career and interpersonal relationships to weight loss and health.

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The Adrenal Reset Diet: Strategically Cycle Carbs and Proteins to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, and Move from Stressed to Thriving

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Your environment, food choices, and stress levels all play a role in your hormones and weight. In "The Adrenal Reset Diet," you can learn to manipulate your adrenal system to achieve weight loss success. Using carb and protein cycling, Dr. Alan Christenson coaches readers in achieving ultimate adrenal health, something he says can lead to dramatic weight loss, improved energy, and better overall health.

The New Fat Flush Plan

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"The New Fat Flush Plan" is an updated version of a quarter-century old book known as "Fat Flush." In this volume, you’ll learn how to eat for fat loss and lifelong health. Written by Ann Louise Gittleman, the book is centered on the healing properties of foods for detox and diet advice. There are meal and menu plans, shopping lists, stress relief tips, research, and more. 


We pick these items based on the quality of the products, and list the pros and cons of each to help you determine which will work best for you. We partner with some of the companies that sell these products, which means Healthline may receive a portion of the revenues when you buy something using the links above.

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