I am sure you have all see or heard about the book You On a Diet - either the advertisements or the person sitting next to you on the subway was reading it. It is everywhere.
It is the first diet book I have ever read that explains how the body works and why fad diets don't work. They advocate a healthy lifestyle with slow but steady results.
You will learn about: omentum fat, cortisol, steroids, amino acids, inflammation, hormones, and so much more. Although, sometimes you can't see the tree through the forest - so many factoids are thrown at you.
Another annoyance I must address is the tone. It is written in a distracting, overly chatty style that occasionally obscures the information they are trying to impart.
Here's a few of my faves for ya:
"You'll sweat, you may feel sore, you may stink like month old macaroni salad." pg 146
"Even if the only barbell you've ever seen is the one that's piercing your buddy's tongue..." pg 147
"...your intestinal wall is Clint Eastwood tough." pg 80
"...to list longer than Route 66". pg 92
"... activity that raises your heart (sorry, watching George Clooney movies doesn't count." pg 147
I say all this more as a disclaimer than a critique, because I really think everyone should read this book (especially folks dieting) to learn how the body works. It is pretty inspirational without too many self help over tones. It includes recipes and fitness programs and lots, and lots of cartoons.
Buy it at Amazon.com for only $14.70.