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Anti-Diet Books Replacing Diet Books

Trend Alert: Antidiet Diet Books

Move over, Atkins and South Beach: antidiet books are the new diet books. Lately I've noticed a slew of what might be called weight management, rather than weight loss, books landing on my desk, reinforcing the ever-growing sentiment that diets, at least in the traditional sense, don't work. But changing your eating habits does.

People like Maria Langer, who I heard interviewed on NPR the other day, are admitting that the diet books they bought over the years turned out to be a waste of money. But the publishing industry is filling the void with books about how to stop dieting and keep off the weight, among them Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting by Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel and The Big Skinny, an instructive memoir from a woman who learned to keep off the pounds without dieting. For more on the trend,

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Other very recent additions include The Skinny by Louis J. Aronne and Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels (stay tuned for more on that), both of which purport that managing your body's chemistry and metabolism is far more effective than dieting. Similarly, some of my favorite food books of the past year, including The Daily Fix by Alexa Fishback, have focused not on short-term fixes but on changing your eating habits for the better, for good.

I'd even put in this category Michael Pollan's books The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, which have changed many people's eating habits more than any old diet book could. What's your favorite antidiet diet book?

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HAMLET2 HAMLET2 6 years
has anyone watched THE BIGGEST LOSER? You know the show where obese people try to lose the most weight? was just wonderrrriiing....
morninghurts morninghurts 6 years
Michael Pollan's books are amazing and I highly recommend them to anyone. I'm really interested in Mark Bittman's Food Matters although I figured it'd probably be more of the same.
1apple 1apple 6 years
The best books I've read on this subject are Overcoming Overeating, The Rules of Normal Eating, and books by Geneen Roth.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
*applauds* I'm sick of seeing my friends on diets one day then feeling worthless because they failed it the next. Diets don't work, period. I'm a health nut, so I eat a lot of fruits & veggies and I never had a weight issue.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
I think this is a great concept. They tell people to eat what you like, but use common sense. It helps set free a lot of health-oriented people who have food phobias due to other popular yet strict diets.
nobodymuch nobodymuch 6 years
Mark Bittman's Food Matters, along the same vein as Pollan's books. But I love that t has recipes from a wonderful chef.
seyory seyory 6 years
The Omnivore's Dilemma is an amazing book. I'm surprised Pollan is not a vegetarian, after all he's seen.
CarmenP CarmenP 6 years
I'm doing the 'Skinny Bitch' lifestyle which is basicly becoming vegan. I must say it really works I went from 67kg to62 in less than a week and I'm feeling good, healthier!
SnufaLuffaGus143 SnufaLuffaGus143 6 years
i agree that diets DONT work. in high school i dieted and played soccer and lost 30 lbs. when i entered college & stopped playing soccer, i gained 60 lbs even tho i still ate diet foods. i realized it was the exersize, not the dieting, that attributed to my weight loss. since i stopped my splenda addiction, eating sugar-free foods, and counting calories, i've lost 20!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I like "In Defense of Food". It just makes a lot of sense; people started getting fat when they started eating processed crap and not eating actual food anymore. If you eat a diet that's pretty rich in fruits, veggies, eggs, free-range meats, etc., you don't even really have to count calories or do anything like that. I don't really count exact calories, but I don't limit my intake of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, etc. And it's very easy to maintain my weight eating that way...plus, my health couldn't be better: I have nice skin, nice hair, my cholesterol is awesome, and I have energy all day long.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I haven't read any of these, but I can say I look and feel better when I eat, fresh, local, organic (if it's an option). Basically if I eat REAL food.
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