Here are the books I recommend on fitness, weight loss and nutrition that fit my personal philosophy:
1. The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor. An easy and fun read about how it’s not about calories, it’s about nutrition. Eat more (of the right, nutrient-dense foods), exercise less (doing chronic cardio) and lose weight effortlessly…and keep it off.
2. Why We Get Fat, and What To Do About It, by Gary Taubes. This book changed my life and changed everything I thought I knew about diet and nutrition. Particularly read this if you have metabolic syndrome*, pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes or can’t figure out why you’re not losing weight even though you eat whole foods and avoid sodas and fast food, you must read this book. (*Metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high fasting blood glucose, belly fat)
3. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Dr. Jeff Volek and Dr. Stephen Phinney. Doctors Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney performed their own research and experiments on how a low carbohydrate diet affects weight loss, energy and exercise performance. Mind-blowing studies and facts about low carbohydrate eating.
4. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. Mark Sisson, MarksDailyApple.com publisher and de-facto leader of the burgeoning primal/paleo/evolutionary health movement presents the compelling premise that you can reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 immutable Primal laws validated by two million years of human evolution. I particularly like his approach to exercise. I personally follow a Primal nutrition lifestyle.
Podcasts and Websites
Here are the podcasts and related websites I recommend. Podcasts are an excellent way to learn more about nutrition and fitness while exercising! Just download the podcast to your smartphone and listen while you’re working out, walking your dog, doing laundry. I feel like I’ve gotten a Ph.D. level education on all manner of topics related to fitness and nutrition in the last several years by doing just that.