Weight-loss and health resources

Since I began this weight-loss project, a bunch of kind folks have sent me information about books and other resources on the topic that they have found useful.

I realized, looking at all these recommendations, that I’ve been given a great resource…So why should I keep it all to myself?

In no particular order, here are the recommendations I’ve been given. I make no claims about any of them. Please feel free to add your ideas in the comments, and if you have given me a recommendation but I didn’t get it in here, I apologize.

Ilene recommendsWomen Food and Godby Gennen Roth. Here’s a quote from it:

The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. No matter how sophisticated or wise or enlightened you believe you are, how you eat tells all. The world is on your plate. When you begin to understand what prompts you to use food as a way to numb or distract yourself, the process takes you deeper into realms of spirit and to the bright center of your own life. Rather than getting rid of or instantly changing your conflicted relationship with food, Women Food and God is about welcoming what is already here, and contacting the part of yourself that is already whole—divinity itself.

Eric shares this:

Have you looked at Dr. Amen’s “the Amen Solution“? He argues — based on tens of thousands of brain scans — that you have a greater chance of success at dieting if your diet is matched to how your brain works, and specifically to how your emotions are attached to your eating patterns. He also recommends nutritional supplements based on which part of your brain is “imbalanced.” Makes a lot of sense to me.

Leslie recommends:

The Liberation Diet: Setting America Free from the Bondage of Health Mis-information,” by Kevin Brown and Annette Presley.




Mike shares:

I just found out about another book called “Good Calories, Bad Calories.” Just the preview has me excited. He talks about all the bad science around food. I can’t wait to read it. It looks like it might be a good resource for your blog. That and anything by Michael Pollen. [Mike also recommends "Healthy For Life."]

Speaking of Michael Pollen, I enjoyed “Food Rules” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

A different Eric shares this site, which makes a good case for his claim:

Everything, and I mean, just about everything you’ve been told about nutrition is an absolute, deliberate mind-control lie designed to make you miserable and unhealthy!


And Michael recommends:

Check out 2 books with bad titles — The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm both by Henry Emmons.

His website:


I thank everyone who contributed their ideas. Do you have any resources you’d like to add? The comments are open — I’d love to hear what’s worked for you.

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  1. Justin says:

    Thanks for the list!

    Here are a couple books that blew me away and started me on a more holistic journey…

    Nourishing Traditions is a cookbook that tells about the more ancient ways, even some that our modern directives would call unhealthy, other cultures have eaten and the discoveries made by Weston Price during his travels around circa 1940.

    The Fourfold Path to Healing: Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement and Meditation in the Art of Medicine
    By: Thomas S. Cowan, Sally Fallon, Jaimen McMillan

    Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats:
    By: Sally Fallon

  2. Doug Weinfield says:

    Taubes’s newer book, “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It”, is better for purposes of losing weight; the older one is an amazing read, though.

    Amen is very good, generally, especially on brain functions and brain/body interaction.

    And you might want to try “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet” by Rob Wolf

  3. Jack says:

    Now as it would be I just found out about one idea that is so new and interesting to me and maybe you, too:

    Zamzee is an online rewards program for teens that’s powered by physical activity. You wear the Zamzee meter, and it records how much you’re moving around. Walking the dog, skateboarding, dancing in your room – it all counts. Connect your Zamzee meter to your computer, and your activity powers your online account. Activity boosts your online status, and you can convert your activity to currency you can spend online in the Zamzee store. The more you go, the more you get – it’s that simple!

  4. Hey – We have an MKP Brother doing this kind of work out on the west coast – Freeman Michaels – his process is very much about finding and working with the emotional ‘holding on’ to weight. He has a book as well. http://www.servicetoself.com/

    ALSO – if you are looking for an INCREDIBLE fitness possibility for weight loss and total body fitness … I have been doing Crossfit (google it in your area) for the last 4 months. I’m down 10 pounds, 2 inches off the waist, with noticeable additions to my arms, shoulders, chest and back.

    Crossfit has also been an incredible emotional endeavor, putting me face to face with a lot of negative beliefs about myself and my ‘unworthiness’ – which I have been pushing through.

  5. Jim Smith says:

    Dmitri, I thought this was very good. Haven’t read either of their books. http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2011/02/12/802-sugar-hazards/

  6. Khalid Kazi says:

    My Daughter introduced me to “Fat is a Feminist Issue” by Susie Orbach. You can read about her at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susie_Orbach.

  7. Pete French says:

    Hi Dimitri,
    An Australian resource you could add to your list ‘Weight Loss for Food Lovers’ by George Blair-West http://www.weightlossforfoodlovers.com/. This book is the best I have found to date explaining how I sabotage my own weight loss endeavours (ie. I’ve got some shadows in there…).
    And for some sensible no-nonsense food ideas and recipes, I love Jude Blereau’s approach http://www.wholefoodcooking.com.au/index.html.
    Warm regards

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