Diet Detective’s 2010 Diet, Fitness, and Healthy Cookbooks

by Charles Platkin, PhD
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Detective’s 2010 Diet, , and Healthy

The Belly Fat Cure: Discover the New Carb Swap System and Lose 4 to 9 lbs. Every Week by Jorge Cruise (Hay House, 2009)
Claim: You can lose 4 to 9 pounds every week with the Carb Swap System and no dieting.
Concept: It’s not about exercise or counting calories; it’s about swapping good carbs for bad carbs.
Description (from publisher): For years, experts have told you that you’re overweight because you eat too much and don’t exercise enough. They were WRONG. The truth is that you are eating foods packed with hidden sweeteners that deliver a belly-fattening Sugar/Carb Value. This book includes more than 1,500 options customized for carboholics, meat lovers, chicken and seafood fans, chocoholics, fast-food junkies, and even vegans! What are you waiting for? Dig in.
Note: Each page of the book features a “Bad Belly” food and an alternative “Good Belly” food with a recipe.

The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life by Chris Downie (Hay House, 2009)
Claim: Condenses the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople into a four-stage, four-week program. Includes advice from Downie, the founder of, a successful entrepreneur (who made his fortune from eBay), and members on how to transform your life.
Concept: Focusing on what you can do as opposed to what you can’t will help you lose weight.
Description (from publisher): Millions of people are discovering a new way of thinking about their weight, their health, and their lives. They are taking part in a visionary approach to weight loss combining goal setting, nutrition, exercise, motivation, and community that has a proven track record of ten million pounds lost.
Note: Weight loss is mostly about behavior, and this book can help. Also, you might want to join — it’s free.

EatingWell 500 Calorie Dinners Cookbook by Nicci Micco, Jessie Price and the editors of EatingWell (Countryman Press, 2010)
Claim: Eating 500-calorie dinners that are delicious and healthy will help you shed pounds. Concept: The editors of EatingWell magazine have created 140 healthy recipes neatly packaged in a beautiful book. That’s what happens when you combine nutrition experts and foodies.
Description (from publisher):EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners Cookbook offers main courses, sides, soups, appetizers, and desserts; menus give careful pairings, portion sizes, and shopping tips so you won’t go overboard. With recipes like Grilled Salmon & Summer Squash with Romesco Sauce served with new potatoes, Hawaiian Ginger-Chicken Stew with brown rice, and Greek Orzo-Stuffed Peppers with roasted broccoli, it’s easy to eat well and stay within 500 calories….More than 140 delicious recipes, most that take less than 45 minutes, prep to table.
Note: All the EatingWell books, including this one, provide just what you need to start off the new year with healthy eating. Recipes include full nutritional analyses as well as advice on which dishes work best with which diets (Weight Watchers, South Beach, etc.). Also includes estimated costs for all entrees.

The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat Well, Enjoy Life, Lose Weight by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (Good Books, 2010)
Claim: Lose 6 to 10 pounds in two weeks. From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, the last diet you’ll ever need.
Concept: Healthy advice from experts in various fields (nutritionist, psychologist, medical doctor, etc.) in a neatly designed and creatively packaged book. While the information is not new, it is still a helpful book.
Description (from publisher): In two simple phases, you’ll be on the road to a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Packed with lots of extra encouragement – meal planners, recipes, tips for overcoming challenges, starting an exercise plan, and much more — The Mayo Clinic Diet gives you everything you need in one book.
Note: The Mayo Clinic is a well-respected institution.

Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook by Taste of Home (Reader’s Digest, 2009)
Claim: You can lose weight by eating your favorite comfort foods.
Concept: We all want to eat comfort foods. If you can make them healthier and lower in calories you will lose weight.
Description (from publisher): Imagine eating tacos, lasagna and ice cream pie while on a diet! The diet is perfect for losing those extra holiday pounds while eating “feel-good” foods that many crave in the winter months. Using affordable, everyday ingredients, the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook provides delectable recipes from real home cooks that are lower in fat and calories but big on taste.
Note: This is a beautifully prepared book with loads of recipes that are low in calories.

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises and The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell, M.S., C.S.C.S. (Rodale Books, 2009)
Claim: The most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created will allow you to lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days.
Concept: 619 exercises with demonstrations and color photos for each movement.
Description (from publisher): As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world’s top trainers.
Note: Really wonderful books from the editors at Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

Other Notable Books:

The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Do to Prevent Disease, Feel Great, and Have Optimum Health and Longevity by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. C.N.S. (Fair Winds Press, 2010)
Jonny Bowden cares about helping you eat healthier and live longer, and his books are wonderful. In this book he looks at “The Four Horsemen of Aging”­ free radicals, inflammation, glycation and stress ­ shows how they can harm your health and shorten your life, and then provides anti-aging strategies.

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (Little, Brown, 2009)
Eating Animals is a book about the food industry and the thought process that leads us to eat what we eat — pretty amazing stuff: You might never eat meat again.

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan (Penguin, 2009)
A pocket compendium of food wisdom from the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook: 100 Gourmet Recipes for Endurance Athletes by Yishane Lee and the editors of Runner’s World (Rodale Books, 2009)
125 recipes from an all-star roster of chefs who contribute to Runner’s World magazine’s popular monthly column, the Athlete’s Palate. For five years, the likes of Bobby Flay, Jacques Torres, Charlie Trotter, Dan Barber, Cat Cora and many more have contributed the recipes they use to fuel their runs.

The Full Plate Diet: Slim Down, Look Great, Be Healthy! by Stuart A. Seale, Teresa Sherard and Diana Fleming (Bard Press, 2010)
Eating more dietary fiber will help you lose weight. While the book’s information is not revolutionary or groundbreaking, it offers clean simple advice. The book is wonderfully designed, four color, simple to read, and based on sound, healthy principles. The authors, two medical doctors and a nutritionist, are passionate about spreading the word on healthy eating.

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