Are you a yo-yo dieter? Do you eat well during the week and then binge on the weekends? Do you always say you’ll start again on Monday?
Well sis, that used to be me. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight and making progress. When you’re binging and yo-yo-ing, your body doesn’t know what to expect or what’s next.
I learned a lot through personal trial and error and by reading and educating myself. These books are my top resources when it comes to health and fitness. I re-read these books ALL the time when I need motivation!
Though I am a book nerd and have so many favorites, these books sort themselves to the top of my list as they are practical and explain the why behind common questions and the body.
The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness by Maria Menounos
This book shares Maria’s personal journey of losing and keeping off 40+ pounds. I love how down-to-earth and practical this book is! For example, one of Maria’s tips is to cut down slowly. If you are currently eating half of a pizza per day, she doesn’t recommend just going cold turkey. Instead, she suggests eating 2-3 pieces of pizza instead of an entire half of the pizza. Maria’s entire approach makes weight loss and weight management seem simple!
“I don’t believe in extreme diet plans- the ones that tell you exactly what to eat and when to eat it, or diets that cut out entire food groups. If I could tell you only two things to help you live a healthier life, they would be that we have been brainwashed to believe we need to eat far more food than we legitimately need to. Furthermore, beyond tobacco, alcohol, drugs and environmental toxins, the type and abundance of food we eat is a key factor in having long-term quality of life.”Maria Menounos
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
I really love learning about the science behind things and how things work. It was so beneficial for me to read this book to truly understand how our bodies work and function at their best ability. Cameron explains why women should embrace their body’s instinct for fuel and satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. This book is based around the law of hunger, the science of strength, the power of knowledge and other ways women should love their amazing bodies!
“Educating yourself about your body is one of the most important things that you can do. Because nutrition and fitness and awareness and discipline are not just words: they are tools.”Cameron Diaz
Stop Starting Over by Devan Kline
The title of this book says it all. Are you sick and tired of starting over on your health journey every Monday? Are you sick of feeling like crap? This book dives into mastering your psychology to transform your fitness once and for all. Devan is the founder of Burn Boot Camp and believes that changing your body isn’t about finding a magic exercise or diet- it’s about changing your mindset.
“Whose permission are you waiting for to live the life you want? Whose approval do you need to begin questioning your past? What’s stopping you from changing the course of your life moving forward?”Devan Kline
Reflecting on these books makes me want to dive into the all over again! I feel more re-reads coming on! What are your favorite health and fitness books?