It’s strictly up to you to educate yourself about your own health and fitness. Knowledge is power. Use it to your advantage. In my opinion, the following is a list of some of the most important health, fitness, and diet books you can read, other than mine:
1. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. The Amazing No-Hunger Weight Loss Plan That Has Helped Millions Lose Weight and Keep It Off by Robert C. Adkins, M.D. I’m living proof that this diet (in a modified form for me) not only works, it is safe and can be used to maintain your weight loss and wellness long term, regardless of what some of the “experts” say. I’m living proof. You gotta wanna, and if you really wanna, you’ll find the right way that works for you. See if you can get your hands on a copy.
2. The NEW Atkins For A New You, The ULTIMATE DIET for SHEDDING WEIGHT and FEELING GREAT by Dr. Eric C. Westman, Dr. Stephen D. Phinney, and Dr. Jeff S. Volek. This book is backed by today’s science of over fifty studies and redesigned to help you lose weight fast and stay lean for life. It features personalized meal plans, all-new recipes, and inspiring success stories. How would you like to lose fifteen pounds in two weeks! You can with the Atkins low-carb way of life.
3. No More Fat Kids: A Pediatrician’s Guide For Safe and Effective Weight Loss, by Dr. James R. Bailes, Jr., M.D., with Dr. Misty Trent-Strow, M.D. An eye-opener of a book, this is a comprehensive guide to improving an overweight child’s overall health, well-being, and self-esteem. As an adult reading his book, I found that it helped clarify and demystify the principles of a safe, healthy low-carb diet and lifestyle. Dr. Jamie simply explains the impact that an overproduction of insulin has on our system and what we can do about it. I told Dr. Jamie that he should’ve titled his book No More Fat People, because it will help everyone understand the safe, effective, healthy low-carb way of life in plain, simple language.
4. Good Calories. Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease by Gary Taubes. Another eye-opener of a book. I wish every physician, dietician, and health care professional in the world would put ego aside and read this one. It might enable the ones still clinging to outdated diet dogma to help you more effectively by pointing out important evidence of another viable option rather than the same old, same old. If you find this book a bit of a technical slog, search the New York Times database for his eight-page article of the same title. Think of it as the “CliffsNotes” of his book.
5. The Zone: A Revolutionary Life Plan to Put Your Body in Total Balance for Permanent Weight Loss by Barry Sears, Ph.D. One of my former doctors pooh-poohed this diet when I wanted to go on it while under his care several years ago. I went ahead and did it anyway since the diet he prescribed didn’t work for me at all, and six weeks later, much to his surprise and mine, my LDL and HDL were a good sixty-some points lower and my triglycerides experienced a significant decline. When I pointed all this out to him, he said it was “a fluke.” I said, “Adios.” Then I found Dr. Mark Stolar. Case in point: When in doubt, always, always, always get another opinion.
6. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D. Very Atkins-like, but drawn out in a slightly different manner. Some like this diet because of the “South Beach-y” glamour aspect of it. Too broadbased for me, however. I need a more Atkins-like approach. Whatever works, do it.
7. The Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide by Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE, This is a handy reference guide to count your carbs accurately. A comprehensive carbohydrate and fat gram counting guide like the one Atkins has is an excellent resource, as well. I highlight and flag all my favorite foods and refer to both books often.