The Maintenance Library - Have any books helped on your weight loss journey?

11-24-2008, 09:44 AM
Hello :)

When I start to mess up with my weight loss, I found it helps me to read a good book or article to get my mind back in the game.

So I was wondering what book or books have helped you in your journey?

Feel free to list multiple, but definitely let us know what one book you feel has hoped the most.

It could be a random book that just happened to help, a weight loss book, motivational book, dieting book, cook book etc.

Thanks everyone for your help. :hug:

11-24-2008, 10:13 AM
Try this ( thread for starters. There are one or two books I'd add now, and I'll update later, but it is a good start on my recommendations.


11-24-2008, 10:50 AM
Thanks Anne! I'm going to look through them now.

My books:

Skinny B*tch- Life changing for me.

I just ordered The Secrets of a Former Fat Girl:

Also ordered 2 of Dr.McDougall's books, one cook book and one diet book. He supports vegan eating and dieting, so if that is not something you are interested in the book is probably not for you :)

I'll update you all on these 3 books after I look at them! :D

11-24-2008, 03:04 PM
Okay so a few of those books on the other forum did sound great. :) Would still like to hear more!

11-24-2008, 03:06 PM
I really like Initutive Eating...about half way through it now. There is a thread on this website if you are interested!

11-24-2008, 04:52 PM
Secrets of a Former Fat Girl, just picked it up, I'm about half way threw and it's super helpful!

11-24-2008, 04:54 PM
Actually I just ordered Secrets of a former fat girl yesterday! Glad you like it :) Hopefully I do too!

11-27-2008, 04:37 PM
"Fat is a Feminist Issue" and books by Geneen Roth were especially helpful.

11-28-2008, 04:11 PM
Winning by Losing - Jillian Michaels
Are You Ready! - Bob Harper

Those two are my favorites by far. Jillian's book moreso than Bob's.

11-29-2008, 05:39 PM
Bowden DVDs and books , man is a king , books from Charles Poliquin , The paleo diet , the omega diet

12-01-2008, 09:30 AM
Thanks for your ideas, I appreciate it. :)

12-27-2008, 10:32 AM
"french women don't get fat" was really eye opening to me. and made a lot of sense. i never realized but here in our diet book/program culture in America we have stopped enjoying food and always worrying about the bad foods but never take the time to think of all the good foods we can have.

12-27-2008, 11:44 AM
helwa, I've been influenced by that book too, even though I don't love everything about it. And my actual food is different, because I'm vegetarian, and I don't actually love that much cream & cheese, and I don't need French bread every day! But it really helps you to change your mindset.

01-01-2009, 11:59 AM
I love "Confessions of a Reformed Dieter" and " A Lazy Girl's Guide To Losing Weight and Getting Fit", both by A.J. Rochester. They are very inspiring and full of useful ideas. I have re-read both several times.

01-04-2009, 08:42 PM
1. "Half-A**ed" by by Jennette Fulda
2. "Thin Is the New Happy" by Valerie Frankel (deals with weight, weight loss & body image)
3. "The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl" by Shauna Reid
4. "The Next Big Thing" by Johanna Edwards (a chick lit romance a la "The Biggest Loser" reality tv show in which the heroine of the story clocks in at 227 lbs.)
5. "Bridget Jones's Diary" by Helen Fielding
6. "Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin" by Allen Zadoff
7. "Joining the Thin Club: Tips for Toning Your Mind after You've Trimmed Your Body" by Judith Lederman (A GREAT read for those who lose a huge number of lbs but don't know how to prepare themselves for living a "thin" life after reaching their goal weight. Co-author lost 80 lbs.)
8. "the secrets of skinny chicks" by karen bridson
9. "The rosedale diet" (the diet plan I'm currently on)
10. "Do I look Fat in This?" by Jessica weiner
11. "Such a Pretty Fat" by Jen Lancaster (***HIGHLY recommended weight-loss-in-progress memoir!***)

01-04-2009, 10:30 PM
I would add Mindless Eating and Faithfully Fit.
Both have helped me along this journey!

01-04-2009, 10:35 PM
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and Mindless Eating all changed the way I view my relationship with food and thus changed my eating habits. And, of course, Thin for Life is the book I go back to over and over again.

01-08-2009, 11:37 PM
Although not a book about weight loss, Dr. Roy Walford's, Beyond the 120 Year Diet, had a big influence on me. It's a good reference book of nutritional requirement for anyone on a reduced calorie plan.

01-26-2009, 11:03 AM
"French women don't get fat" was interesting for me as well. Not that we're all uber-thin in my country, I'm proof of that :P, but I found it a good read, and one that indeed helps in recasting the idea of eating on another angle.

(I also liked "Japanese women don't get fat or old", but I confess that what I really liked in it were the recipes, and the testimony that you *can* cook even if all you have is a 1-metre large kitchenette. ^^)

01-29-2009, 02:50 AM
Hands down, my food diary!

01-29-2009, 04:11 PM
I agree! my food diary too! LOL.

01-29-2009, 09:00 PM
Ooh I love when people add more books :-)

Here is a fun romance novel I read that was very cute...

"He Loves Lucy," by Susan Donovan.
Ad-exec Lucy Cunningham signs on as the guinea pig for a health club - she has to lose 100 pounds within a year with the help of a trainer. To give her more incentive, both she and the trainer will receive $1000 per lost pound. She could use the money to start her own agency; Theo Redmond, her trainer can use the money to return to medical school.

The first meeting is priceless - let's just say who thought that walking and eating Milk Duds could be a fatal act. As Lucy and Theo spend more time together working out and getting to know each other, they start to develop feelings for each other. As she starts to lose pounds, they both find they are losing their hearts. But both have been burned by love, and neither is sure if they are ready to enter the ring again.

Interspersed with funny food diary entries (and hysterical affirmations), the story is both humorous and endearing. While not nearly as steamy as Donovan's previous novels, the poignant relationship between the two keeps your attention glued.

02-02-2009, 09:55 AM
i liked-

fat is a feminist issue
skinny *****
and i listened to the audio version of "you on a diet" while driving,
and got a lot out of that.

i also bought some vegan cookbooks. i like the "veganomicon" quite
a bit. "vegan cupcakes take over the world" is also nice.

currently im reading "the portable personal trainer." i can see that
i am going to get a lot out of this one, too.

02-03-2009, 02:04 PM
I'm still losing but the very best book, by far, that I've read on the subject (and like every big girl I've read A LOT of them) is Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto. It's an e-book but contains a TON of information on fat loss which may or may not include weight loss. He now has a mainstream book but I hear it isn't quite as good (or long) as BFFM.

02-04-2009, 10:27 AM
A romance-comedy book I'm currently reading is "Bet Me" by Jessica Crusie. The main character is a curvy girl, and a mom who always tries to put her on a diet, but the man she meets love sher curves, and it really makes you feel good about yourself just the way you are.

02-04-2009, 01:06 PM
Hehehe, Jennifer Crusie is a guilty pleasure. She is such a funny writer, really a difference from the typical romance novel.

04-11-2009, 08:53 PM
I bought and read "French Women Don't Get Fat" and it kick-started my recent weight-loss after gaining back 10-15 of my 60 pound loss (75 now, hee hee).

It helped me to see food and eating differently. I enjoy food a lot more now than I ever did--food is not the enemy!

My faves by far were the recipes. I loved the desserts that were basically fruit. It made me realize that my idea of dessert has been largely created by restaurant menus and popular entertainment. I NEVER, before reading this book, would have considered cooked pears a dessert. When i made them--Oh my goodness were they perfectly sweet and satisfying.

I thought that I was not one of those people that ate excessively. But I regularly spooned more than I should into my bowl, if you know what I mean. I just didn't know it. I actually decided to measure my cereal after reading that book--just measure out the serving size and eat that only--and I lost 4 pounds in one month doing nothing else differently. She made a big deal out of the practice that they have of eating 5 course meals--but each course is small. you can eat so much more if you eat less....

Also--can I just say--glamour or Allure or marie of those has an EAT THIS, NOT THAT section every issue where it shows, really crazily bad for you-but commonly eaten among women- food against a whole plate full of other perfectly yummy foods for the same calories/nutrition content. That bit of recreational reading always give me a kick in the pants!

I refuse to waste my calories on ONE thing when I can eat 5 things!!! :carrot:

I also have Healthy Eating--Using the Glycemic Index for optimal health. Lots of recipes and also information about carbohydrates and the GI index.

06-11-2009, 07:43 PM
You: On a Diet opened my eyes to the glycemic index, which has had a huge impact on how I approach food now; however, I found the cutesy way it is written highly annoying. Nevertheless, the info it contains has been invaluable to me.

08-03-2009, 01:35 PM
I really enjoyed Mindless Eating; Brian Wansink is probably THE most trustworthy author on this subject out there, period (he also has my DREAM JOB!). I love to hear science *from people who actually conduct the studies* and not just people who've read an article somewhere and decide to quote it with conviction in their book.

Michael Pollen (bless his brilliant, brilliant heart)'s articles and especially his genius In Defense of Food has done more to inspire, motivate, and change my eating habits then everything else I've read during the last several months. I adore how pragmatic and surprisingly unpreachy he is, and I'm convinced that his now-famous motto -- "Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -- is THE perfect blueprint for a diet, period

08-04-2009, 05:21 PM
I bought The Gabriel Method last week. VERY interesting approach...mostly how to work on your mind to convince your body to let go of the "safe" fat.

08-04-2009, 05:27 PM
I have read quite a few, but just finished Jillian Michaels, Master Your Metabolism and really learned alot about the chemicals, toxins and pesticides in foods and how that can affect your eating habits, health and hormones. I really got a great education with it. It has helped me balance my system more, which has also helped me eat less.

09-07-2009, 09:18 AM
Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork by former Arkansas Gov. (and presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee is a great little book. Filled with his trademark humor, it's a very inspiring look into his own struggles with weight.

I highly recommend it.

12-02-2009, 02:57 PM
what a briliiant idea to build up a library!
I am currently enthralled with three books:
1. Yoga Guide to Eating (Eisenstein). reading while eating alone is a huge sensual explosion! wow!
2. Beck Diet Solution. prepare prepare prepare and relax is the message I'm getting. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is proven successful so why not?
3. Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard MD has been indispensable. After several years battling grey sheet craving (OA) this scientifically-based brain-chemical approach to reduce/eliminate cravings is excellent, if cravings cause impulsive behavior--this is a way out.

I love this thread. Kudos to starting and contributing, all of yinz!