Read these fitness books on a nice comfortable couch. After that, the immense motivation you receive from them will have you exercising like you just had a six pack of Red Bull.
Don’t believe us ?? Ok, read what they are about.
The Fit Bottomed Girl’s Anti-Diet
Newbies, listen up. The FBG’s Anti-Diet is your new manifesto: a happy-go-lucky guide to finding the joy in getting fit and eating healthy without any of the negativity that surrounds diets. (Boo to all that noise!) Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead do a great job of shaking the pom-poms for healthy living while reminding you that in no way should it be a endless parade of sad salads or gym obligations. This can be a chance to reconnect with your inner playground or mindfully eat dark chocolate. And don’t be fooled by the title; there may be a certain female perspective at play here, but the advice is universal, so fellas just consider yourself an honorary FBG to reap the same benefits.
The Body Book
Celebrity-backed health and fitness books have a bad rep for being full of pseudo-science and fluff about getting red-carpet ready. (Living off concoctions of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper? Welcome to La-La Land.) Thankfully, Cameron Diaz isn’t content following the Hollywood herd on this. Instead, she’s become a student of nutrition and devoted herself to understanding what’s truly going on biologically when making nutrition or fitness choices. The result is this refreshingly informed look at physical wellbeing. In case it isn’t clear, this book doesn’t document Diaz’s diet or show you exercises that will give you Charlie’s Angel-esque thighs. What it offers is much better: a user’s manual on the ultimate care and maintenance for your body.
The Big Fat Surprise
Every year there’s one book that sparks off a national, and this year, The Big Fat Surprise is poised to be that book. In it, author Nina Teicholz seeks to redeem saturated fats, especially the fats in animal products like meat, eggs, and dairy. Her investigation travels back through the fraught history of America’s nutrition science and the powerful personalities that shaped the USDA guidelines.
Teicholz’s detective work goes deep, unearthing various studies that never received close scrutiny and picking apart the findings via the footnotes and parenthetical comments. But even more interesting is learning about the products that arose to fill the void that saturated fats left behind: vegetable oils (like Crisco), carbohydrates, and boatloads of sugar. The result has been called “The Snackwell’s-ification of American food.” Regardless of your opinion on animal fats, Teicholz’s examination reopens the debate, and we’re hoping the discussion will continue.
Refuges of diet culture, this book is your safe harbour and a way to lose weight rationally. Author Darya Rose talks about weight loss and health goals in a cool-headed and scientifically backed way. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach demonizing one category of food or promising that one superfood unlocks washboard abs, Rose focuses on healthstyle. If that sounds like a made-up term, it is. Rose coined it to refer to a set of behaviours and actions that make up your everyday interactions with food, exercise, and the treatment of your body. Unlike diets that have an endpoint and a certain philosophy, healthstyle “is a reflection of your cumulative habits… [it’s not] a momentary state of being.” The approach is flexible and forgiving. (Rose repeatedly advocates for worthwhile treats that make life fun.) Focusing on healthstyle is what gives you lasting change and, perhaps more importantly, peace with the ongoing scale struggle fest.
As the old song goes, the key to happiness is “to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” You know this, so why in the hell is it always so much easier to laser-in on the bad stuff? In this book, author Rick Hanson explains we’re neurologically programmed that way: “The brain is like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for good ones.” He documents all the ways the brain is wired to absorb negativity and deflect positive moments as a survival mechanism. Does that mean we’re doomed to be a bunch of Debbie Downers? Not at all. Using a meditation-based approach, Hanson shows how we can train ourselves to escape our neurology so you’ll be singin’ in the rain versus slogging through it.
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