Recommended Weight Loss Books

Picture Perfect Weight Loss
by Dr. Howard Shapiro



  • The “Food Awareness Training.”  Colorful pictures show dramatic calorie comparisons, proving that if you choose the right foods, you can actually eat more and weigh less.
  • The advice.  Dr. Shapiro draws on research and experiences with his own weight loss clinic to give advice.  The approach is realistic and simple.


  • Is this guy sponsored by the soy industry?  Although I approve of edamame, tofu and soymilk; I recommend using caution with highly processed soy foods (as with all highly processed foods).  In general, stick to fresh foods and limit the amount of highly processed foods you eat.

Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off by Ann Fletcher, MS, RD



  • The advice.  This book features both scientific evidence and the stories of individuals who have successfully lost weight and kept it off for at least 3 years.
  • It’s much more than a diet plan.  It also addresses the psychological and emotional issues to weight management.


  • The low-fat diet approach is a little outdated.  Diets including moderate amounts of healthy fats are more widely accepted today.

The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well.  Enjoy Life. Lose Weight.

Mayo Clinic Diet


  • Written by a team of experts from the reputable Mayo Clinic.
  • Emphasizes changing your habits—in other words, a lifestyle change—rather than a short-term diet.


  • The journal is sold separately.  But you’ll definitely want the journal.  It goes hand-in-hand with the book and will help you to track your progress.

Creating Your New Lifestyle by Hamilton C. Erridge



  • This book is written based on the author’s personal experience.  He struggled with weight loss, but learned to manage his weight by mastering the psychological and emotional issues tied to weight management.
  • Short, sweet and easy to read.


  • This is not a comprehensive weight loss book.  It is a nice supplement to other weight loss books.

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler, MD



  • This book views overeating as an addiction.  Kessler explores the science behind our tendencies to overeat and gives practical advice to break the addiction.  Read my complete review of The End of Overeating.


  • The one part I disagree with in this book is using negative reinforcement to change behavior.  For example, the author recommends putting an unflattering photo of yourself on the refrigerator as a reminder to make healthy choices.  This practice is likely to do more harm than help.  Positive reinforcement is more effective and better for self-esteem.

The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan by Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN



  • The 90/10 approach teaches the art of balance.  90% of the foods you eat are nutrition-rich foods from all the food groups, and 10% are “Fun Foods.”  Chocolate, ice cream, potato chips, wine… You can have up to 250 calories of your favorite treats, every day of the week if you want.
  • The meal plans are simple, nutritionally-complete and realistic for the busy adult.


  • This book may not help you to overcome any underlying emotional issues that lead to overeating.
About these ads

2 responses to “Recommended Weight Loss Books

  1. bought this book and i love the food tradeoffs, plan on eating more sashimi and raw fish protein, carbs will be at minimum or less than a handful per day

  2. nicole, thanks for the reviews, there are so many books on the subject, your help deciphering the info is appreciated, so glad to see you are still sending out your newsletter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s