Being fit begins with attitude, your mindset and the food you put into your body. Your body is like a temple. With the proper conscious decisions, you can lead your body to a fit and active lifestyle. Food is half the battle; fitness is the other half.
We put together a list with the top 5 books that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
11. Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads by Matt Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald writes, “Science has not identified the healthiest way to eat. In fact, it has come as close as possible (because you can’t prove a negative) to confirming that there is no such thing as the healthiest diet. To the contrary, science has established quite definitively that humans are able to thrive equally well on a variety of diets. Adaptability is the hallmark of man as eater. For us, many diets are good while none is perfect.” There are plenty of diet options and many who suggest one way to live is the be-all to being fit. Scientists and healthcare professionals advocating for ‘one way to live’ truly do believe there is ‘one way to live’. Matt Fitzgerald finds the one fallacy in this idea: the variety of diets advocated. His rational approach to research proclaims there is no one perfect way to eat. Fitzgerald fairly discredits many diets out there on the market and offers an alternative to existing diet fads.
22. Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman
Eat, Fat, Get Thin explores the idea of “healthy fats” – the notion that specific foods deemed ‘healthy’ can be eaten in moderation to increase metabolism and help keep fat off. Recent research suggests foods such as avocados, ghee, nuts and oils such as sesame oil help decrease bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. In fact, real butter (sometimes referred to as ghee) targets fat-soluble foods to more efficiently break down foods. The “sweet fats”, he explains, are the real danger. Dr. Hyman uses his philosophy behind variety, variation and energy to teach readers how to achieve optimal wellness. Hyman targets fitness as a means to help prolong efforts to remain healthy.
33. Food Matters by Mark Bittman
Food Matters offers a no-nonsense ideology that targets how big businesses and government strategize and influence food choices. Bittman offers suggestions on how to make budget-friendly changes to your grocery list without sacrificing much-loved eating habits. Bittman believes in the commitment to plan, pay and prepare meals without the pressure to cook sophisticated meals. Food does matter but it does not have to come at the cost of costly programs and oversight. He claims, “in any case, the principles are simple: deny nothing; enjoy everything, but eat plants first and most. There’s no gimmick, no dogma, no guilt, and no food police.” Bittman’s principles require a simple gesture to positive results without meaningless gimmicks.
44. Always Hungry by Dr. David Ludwig
Dr. Ludwig narrates the answer to the question: “how can I heal?” His research empathetically explains why we feel sick and where common disease stem, manifest and control our bodies. He offers insight on how to target fat-dense areas in the body. His 3-phase program combines his knowledge of the psychological firings in the brain to stimulate metabolism and increase energy. Interestingly, Ludwig clearly advises “the one nutrient we don’t need at all is carbohydrate.” To that extent, he offers clues into the necessary tie between metabolism and the balance theory of obesity.
55. Movement Matters by Katy Bowman
Biochemist Katy Bowman’s collection of short essays hopes to bridge the gap between nature, movement, and concise movement in small increments. She closely studies the relationship between sedentary lifestyle and how a shift in thinking forces us to look at our bodies and how we interact with it. She says “[we have] 3 groups – exercisers, professional laborers, and then you have a sedentary population. The interesting thing about all of those populations is that they are all getting different amounts and kinds of movements, but they all have the same problems. We are sold that if we exercise we will be outside certain health issues.” She inspires her audience to cultivate movement ecology and desire an active lifestyle and explores each type of movement and how different movements create longer and more lingering effects.
The idea of being fit refers to the combination of wellness, healthy practice and the conscious decisions you make. Whether you’re looking to become more aware of your food, appetite, or fitness level, you’ll notice each book focuses inwardly and individually. The focus on alignment, movement and simple measures to create an active lifestyle correlate to a healthy mind-body connection.
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