5 Diet Books You Need To Read In 2018, According To A Nutritionist
Unfortunately, there is no one diet (or diet book) that’s the be-all and end-all of weight loss or healthy eating. And if there were, Oprah would have told us about it by now.
But, in the end, that’s okay. After all, women have their own unique health goals, diet preferences, and personalities. So, the best diet book for every woman is going to be a bit different. Sometimes, you might even need multiple diet books to do the trick. (Think: You want to learn how the right foods can cut your risk of disease, but you also want to fuel your workouts for better results.)
Problem is, sifting through the shelves and Amazon “new releases” lists to find the best diet books for you and your needs can be a lot of work. That’s why, in the end, so many women end up reading fad-diet crapola and following yo-yo diet after yo-yo diet.
Not you! We tapped Paul Salter, R.D., a registered dietitian, nutrition editor at Bodybuilding.com, and author of A Dietitian’s Dozen Fat-Loss Tips to share the five 2018 diet books that have already earned his seal of approval.
Check out his list and insider tips to decide which ones deserve a spot on your reading list this year.
1. The Plant-Based Solution: America’s Healthy Heart Doc’s Plan to Power Your Health, by Joel K. Kahn, M.D.
Kahn has been one of America’s leading cardiologists for years, speaking out on the importance of a plant-based diet for heart health. In this book, he goes over the research and uses his own experiences helping his patients heal from heart disease to come up with a “prescription” for using food as medicine.
“This book makes a strong argument for plant-based living that is rooted in the research and keeps the focus on the benefits of plant-based living rather than attacking meat-based living, which is what separates it from many other similar books,” says Salter.
Who should read this:vegans, vegetarians, people interested in sustainable food, and those who just want to get more plants in their diet.
2. Dirty Genes: A Breakthrough Program to Treat the Root Cause of Illness and Optimize Your Health, by Ben Lynch, N.D.
Look for epigenetics, the science of how genes are turned on and off and how that affects health, to be everywhere in 2018. And Lynch is here to walk you through it, from the basics of how your genes work to how your daily life effects your genes to how to help the good ones “turn on” while minimizing the effects of the bad ones.
“What’s really unique is how he dives into how some of our genes have been negatively impacted by our lifestyles, like the food we eat, exercise we don’t do, stress we’re exposed to, the list goes on,” Salter says. “He also proposes several practical methods for ‘cleaning’ our genes.”
Who should read this: people who love cutting-edge science or want to avoid their family history of disease (including obesity-related heart disease and type 2 diabetes).