These Are the Best Diet Books to Help You Lose Weight — and Keep It Off for Good

It's not just about the gym, ya know?!

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Whether you want to clear your skin, eat clean, or cut carbs (or honestly, just feel freaking fabulous about yourself from the inside out!), it all circles back to the kitchen. What's put into your body affects more than just your weight. To spark your inspiration and rev up your quality of life, browse through these diet books and choose one as you embark in understanding even more about your body. Here are our top diet book picks!

1 Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
Running Press Adult $9.89

Ready to turn up the heat to get the bikini bod you've dreamed of? You can work hard for it in the kitchen, and authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin will talk to you like the tough-love older sisters you wish you had. They'll show you what kinds of food should be considered crap (based on science), and they'll teach you how to choose the foods that'll compliment your figure. 

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2 The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Amy Ramos
Rockridge Press $7.19

While countless people are obsessed with and swear by the keto diet, it was Kourtney Kardashian who really took awareness about this diet to the next level. The diet triggers ketosis to kick in, meaning your body will look to fat for burning energy instead of carbohydrates (which is typically the body's first source of energy).

3 The Rainbow Diet by Deanna Minich, PhD
Conari Press $15.82

Every single human could benefit from learning about how important it is to eat a rainbow diet. Not sure what that means, exactly? It's so simple — a rainbow diet literally means looking at food colors as you shop for produce and making a decision to consume a variety of colors in your diet. 

This type of diet is so beneficial because certain antioxidants and phytochemicals associate with different colors, so you'll guarantee you're getting an abundance of nutrition eating in this style. For example, the antioxidant beta-carotene gives carrots, apricots, and sweet potatoes their orange color, while anthocyanins give blueberries, cherries, eggplant, and cranberries their purple, deep red, and blue colors. 

4 The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray
Hay House, Inc. $16.99

This underestimated diet might not seem so intense at first, but once you start cutting the processed garbage out of your daily diet, you'll see an extremely intense difference in how you feel and look. This diet will energize you, sure, but you'll also walk away with a newfound sense of appreciation for natural foods and the earth in general. 

5 Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
Skirt! $16.08

Kris Carr is a social media influencer and signed author who stole our hearts with her esteemed cancer diet, Crazy Sexy Cancer. She created a book designed to fuel life in everyone — cancer or not. Her friendly, yet deeply earnest dialogue will have you following her every step, word-by-word, for 21 days.

6 Get Off Your Acid by Daryl Gioffre
Da Capo Lifelong Books $12.23

Ever heard of the alkaline diet? Foods contain chemicals that'll lower or raise the pH levels (acidity) in your system, and research shows that a highly acidic diet can cause early onset of inflammation and even edge you closer to certain diseases like cancer. 

Steer clear and learn about the foods that are alkaline so you can balance your blood and body and feel fantastic in the process, ditching unpleasant symptoms from arthritis or fibromyalgia along the way. This book is an ideal start to understanding a complicated area of nutrition that still needs more research. 

7 The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carillo-Bucaram
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.91

You might know Kristina from her popular @fullyrawkristina Instagram account, but did you know she has a diet book, too? She's an absolute expert on all-things raw, and if you have an itch for learning more about how to eat closer to the earth, let her lead the way and to a healthier lifestyle! 

The best part? Optimal nutrition in produce exists in raw form, so if anything, this diet book will act as an inspiration and reminder to eat closer to the natural earth.

8 The Whole 30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $17.99

This diet allows absolutely no cheat days (Squander? Start over). On the bright side, it's only 30 days and yields amazing results, according to users

Its pages are full of chef-developed recipes, a step-by-step game plan to breaking unhealthy habits, and motivational sound bites like this one: "Don't you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard." And oh, say sayonara to your cosmos, brews, and gin and tonics, baby — there's no alcohol for you on this diet! 

9 Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
Andrews McMeel Publishing $20.03

If you're looking for a total reset, take your diet back to the way our ancestors used to eat. (What a marvelous concept!) Founders of the Nom Nom Paleo website, Michelle Tam and Henry Fong, explain the nomadic Paleo lifestyle in a book that features more than a hundred recipes to use as a starting foundation. 

Bonus: To lighten up what can be a tricky transition, they threw in over 900 step-by-step photographs and cartoons sure to trigger a laugh. Honestly, this diet is perfect if you're hitting the gym and building up muscle like a pro. 

10 The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy
Harmony Books $2.00

Shedding the pounds doesn't always translate to sacrifices and impossible challenges! When you follow Haylie Pomroy's diet plan, you eat more to lose more. 

How? Simple: By adhering to three phases heavily focusing on specific food groups, you're kick-starting your metabolism while inducing physiological changes. Based on Pomroy's successful program that has helped clients lose up to 20 pounds in four weeks, we like this strategy because it encourages a healthy relationship with food.

11 I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
Clarkson Potter $21.45

Most of us have experienced the junk-food jollies — cookies, candy, donuts, chocolate everything — but have you noticed after the sugar high comes the sugar crash and burn? Sugar levels affect our mood swings, weight gain, and sleep patterns, and they can even lead to disease, so (and it pains us to admit it) quitting the sweet stuff — or at least cutting back for a bit — proves beneficial in the long run. 

Wilson's eight-week plan will help you overcome cravings and say buh-bye to excess sugars with 108 detoxifying meals, snacks, and treats from contributors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Curtis Stone.

12 Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life by Travis Stork, M.D.
Ghost Mountain Books $15.24

We're hearing the term "gut health" floating around more often these days. When it comes to a happy tummy, these are the conversations that need to be had, but gut health refers to more than bowel regularity. According to author and emergency physician Travis Stork, being lean and healthy go hand-in-hand when you pay special attention to gut health and a diverse gut microbiome, resulting in less excess weight and belly fat.

13 Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox by William Davis, MD
Rodale Books $2.89

Are carbs your weakness? Learn how to manage those bread, pasta, and potato chip cravings and learn to eat whole grains the right way with this 10-day detox diet from Dr. William Davis. Wheat can cause chronic health and weight problems in some people, so this quick-start program is an awesome resource to cutting it out of your diet.

14 The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson
Harmony Books $2.48

This diet is all about balancing hormones by changing the way you eat. For those who are stressed, this is a great option because it's supposed to help you maintain a normal cortisol rhythm. When your cortisol levels are out of balance, you can gain weight, feel fatigued, and get overwhelmed easily.

15 Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
Little, Brown and Company $9.98

Learn why certain foods leave you craving more (we're lookin' at you, Oreo cream filling) so you finally stop overeating and lose weight quickly. This diet focuses on nutrient-dense foods, so you'll get an education from page to page that'll last you for life. 

16 The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
Rodale Books $2.01

This is certainly not your traditional diet plan. The book promises you'll trade breakfast, counting calories, saturated fat, and sleep (yes, you read that right!) for a gain in lean muscle and a decrease in body fat percentage. Author Dave Asprey dropped 100 pounds by sticking with his anti-inflammatory diet. It's a true challenge for the diet-determined, but you'll likely become obsessed with your results. 

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