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The Top 10 Health, Fitness & Nutrition Books Of 2016
We’ve browsed the bookshelves, analysed Amazon and scanned the search engines to pick our top healthy living books.
In this article we’ve listed our favourite nutrition and fitness books that are thoughtful, evidence-based, interesting, informative and well-written. If you’re looking for a holiday read, a great gift for a fitness fanatic or enlightening book to improve your nutrition and fitness know-how then we’ve got you covered.
This is an absolute gem of a book for anyone who wants to lose weight! Each day we make over 200 decisions about eating and Dr Brian Wansink reveals the facts about our true eating habits by showing how we are being manipulated by brands, clever marketing and why our obesogenic environment is causing us to gain weight, without us even being aware that it’s happening.
Packed full of interesting case studies from his Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University and with lots of funny anecdotes, this book could help slash your calorie intake by learning exactly how to being a mindless eater.
For example, you’ll discover how can you re-engineer your comfort foods to be healthier, why can the way you set your table lead you to overeat, how food packaging influences how much you eat and how can you can use the “mindless margin” to lose, instead of gain, ten to twenty pounds in the coming year.
Lean Habits For Lifelong Weightloss
In this book, registered dietician Georgie Fear outlines her proven, evidence-based system for losing fat, one habit at a time. Each chapter focuses on one of 16 lean habits.
Georgie walks through each habit, how to implement it, why it will help you to lose weight and how to track it. She also brilliantly covers the common weight loss challenges you’ll encounter and how to overcome them.
Simply put, Georgie`s approach to weight loss is a fantastic non-restrictive, customizable, flexible and effective system that works for life. You don`t just learn short-term ‘healthy eating habits’; you will change the way you look at food for the long run.
Energy Is Everything
Rather than the tired old health messages you’ve heard a million times before, Mike MacDonald blends his own experience, lessons from working with real clients, and the latest scientific research to outline a path to your best self. Mike suggests that many people already have an idea of what they should do be healthier, but that the biggest challenge they face is actually following through, making progress and achieving lasting results.
This book simplifies the abundance of confusing health and fitness information out there while getting to the root of what`s most important and most effective. What this book offers is easy-to-follow nutrition, exercise, willpower and mindset tips that, if practiced regularly, can improve the quality of your life without requiring a lot of effort, hours of exercise or punishing nutrition regimes.
In essence, you’ll earn several forgotten ways to improve your sense of wellbeing and happiness, and will discover a clear path to having more energy in life: to look, feel and perform at your best.
The Supplement Goals Reference Guide
The majority that promise rapid fat loss or insane muscle gains are generally a load of rubbish. The people at Examine have become an impartial, world-leading authority on sports supplementation. Their comprehensive eBook – The Supplement Goals Reference Guide - shows you the truth about supplements that will help you control blood sugar, sleep better, boost your brain power, and achieve other health goals to live a better life.
Stop wasting time and money, before you buy or take another pill or powder, read this first. It is without a doubt the best supplement guide on the market.
The Complete Guide to Food for Sports Performance
Louise Burke, is head of the Australian Institute of Sport and in this book, she breaks down sports nutrition and exercise physiology into easy-to-follow and understandable chapters.
She outlines the important differences in nutritional needs for different sports, including the timing of food and liquid intake, and the best foods to achieve maximum energy, recovery and optimum performance.
The book shows how to calculate your protein, carbohydrate and fat needs relative to your sport, how to eat before and after an event, top tips for the travelling athlete and lots more.
The Lean Muscle Diet
In most fat loss books, maintenance is an afterthought, it’s usually about blaming a certain food for the root of your problems and focussing on how much weight you can lose in an arbitrary timeframe.
In The Lean Muscle Diet, it’s different, your goal physique - that you can maintain for life - is the starting point. That way, when you get there, you’re already eating the right foods, in the right amounts and training in a smart way that allows you to maintain your goal weight.
The book is in two main sections covering both exercise and nutrition.
The exercise chapters looks at how to construct a training plan for all abilities including plenty of helpful exercise descriptions, warmup drills and top technique tips.
The nutrition chapters explain the fundamentals then details how to set your nutrition targets and create a nutrition plan that is enjoyable, easy to follow and sustainable.
Strength Training for Fat Loss
In Strength Training for Fat Loss, coach Nick Tumminello, explains how to use the 3 Cs of metabolic strength training: Circuits, Combinations, and Complexes to accelerate your metabolism, maximize fat loss, and maintain muscle.
The book contains over 150 exercises using barbells, dumbbells, resistance bands, machines, and body weight moves with lots of photos and step-by-step instructions.
This book will really help to revitalise your gym routine by approaching fat loss from a different with lots of different interesting and new exercises.
Fat Loss Happens on Monday
This fat loss book is written in a clear and concise format, that focuses on sustainability and long term results. Most diet and workout books are focused on the wrong things: they focus on WHAT instead of HOW. The leanest people focus on how, on their eating habits, not on fad diets.
The first part of the book covers the basics of how to eat healthily. It doesn’t preach about fruits, vegetables and lean meats, we know about them already, right? It focusses on HOW you can actually include them and make changes to your diet that won’t cause any cravings or rebellious rebounds.
The second half is where Dan takes charge and teaches you how to create a winning workout. The book also outlines a smart, progressive plan to achieve the much sought-after pull-up which Dan says is the ultimate fat loss exercise. He shows you a routine that can take you from absolute zero, to your first, third, or even tenth pull-up!
Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle
Often referred to as “The Bible Of Fat Loss”, Tom Venuto has complied a fantastic book, split into four sections covering everything you need to know to help you lose fat: mindset, nutrition, cardio and weight training.
He explains why each forms a key part of your body transformation and then shows you how to fit them all together to maximize fat loss and build the muscle you want.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is not as much about dieting your body down, as it is about building your body up. Not only is it about fat loss but it’s about building fitness, building strength, building health, building energy and building self-confidence. To do that, you have to approach this from more than one angle.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a complete roadmap on how to build a lean, strong body that you can be comfortable in.
The High Protein Handboook
The cookbook contains 30 delicious, healthy, easy to make, high protein recipes that the whole family will love including Sweet Potato Cottage Pie, Piri Piri Seabass, Mongolian Beef and an amazing recipe for Chicken Biryani. All the meals come with full nutrition information including calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat content which makes them easy to enjoy as part of a healthy nutrition regime.
They’re easy to make and you don’t need to spend ages trying to hunt for complicated ingredients as you’ll have most things in your cupboard already. Lastly, unlike some other eBooks, each tasty recipe comes with simple instructions and beautiful photographs of each meal so they`re easy to prepare.
Wave goodbye to boring broccoli and bland brown rice, The High Protein Handbook will transform the way you eat cook.