New Fitness & Diet Books at Village House of Books

Maybe it’s the new year’s clean slate that turns people’s thoughts to dieting, or maybe it’s just the near-constant search for new ways to get healthier and thinner, no matter the time of year.

The approaches getting fitter are varied —from understanding the emotional/spiritual reasons that might be holding you back to learning the science behind what’s going on inside your brain and body. We have a plethora of books covering various schools of thought, all with the intention of helping you lose fat, gain muscle, have more energy and just feel better overall.

Here are a few of the books we have in stock right now. Come in and take a look at these and all of the other helpful books in our shop:

Zero Belly Diet by David Zinczenko

This New York Times best-selling diet book author reveals new research that explains the mystery of why some people stay thin and why others can’t lose weight no matter how hard they try. He explains how some foods turn our fat genes “on” — causing weight gain — and uncovers the nine essential power foods that turns them “off” — allowing for easy, rapid and sustainable weight loss. He also shows how these foods help heal your digestive system, keeping those gene switches turned off and setting you up for success. This diet focuses on the fat cells that matter most: visceral fat, the type of fat ensconced in your belly. These fat cells increase inflammation in your body and put you at risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. This diet shows you how to deactivate those genes, rev up your metabolism, banish bloat and balance your digestive health.

The 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil McGraw

In The 20/20 Diet, Dr. McGraw identifies seven reasons other diets fail people over and over again: hunger, cravings, feelings of restriction, impracticality and expense, boredom, temptations and disappointing results or plateaus. He addresses each of these roadblocks by applying the latest research and theories that have emerged since his last best-seller on the same topic, The Ultimate Weight Solution. In The 20/20 Diet, readers will start by eating only 20 key ingredients, which theories indicate may help enhance your body’s thermogenesis and help you feel full. But that’s just the beginning. This book explains why you haven’t been able to lose the weight before, and empowers you with cognitive, behavioral, environmental, and nutritional tools to finally reach your goal, and learn lifelong healthy habits to maintain those results.

The Belly Melt Diet by the Editors of Prevention

From the editors of Prevention magazine, this book tells you how to reset your body’s natural cycles to help you reach your fat-burning potential during this six-week plan. The three-pronged approach includes: an easy-to-follow, two-phase eating plan; advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep; and a simple workout routine. One of the first things you’ll learn on The Belly Melt Diet is how to understand the workings of your body’s inner clock — a cluster of tissue deep in the brain that controls hormones which, in turn, control appetite, metabolism, your need for sleep, and your energy levels.

The Pound a Day Diet by Rocco DiSpirito

Celebrity chef and best-selling diet book author Rocco DiSpirito reveals a new, cutting-edge concept in accelerated weight loss. His groundbreaking, low-calorie, six-meal-a-day formula is aimed at boosting metabolism and shedding fat quickly. This 28-day program, developed with the help of a medical doctor and a nutritionist, is based ion the science of the calorie deficit, and uses a fat-as-fuel approach.

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Spry

In his mid-twenties, Dave Aspry was a successful Silicon Valley multimillionaire. He also weighed 300 pounds, despite the fact that he was doing what doctors recommended: eating 1,800 calories a day and working out 90 minutes a day, six times a week. When his excess fat started causing brain fog and food cravings sapped his energy and willpower, he turned to the same hacking techniques that made his fortune: He “hacked” his own biology, investing more than $300,000 and 15 years to uncover what was hindering his energy, performance, appearance and happiness. He explored traditional and alternative technologies to reach his physical and mental prime. The result? The Bulletproof Diet, an anti-inflammatory program for hunger-free, rapid weight loss and peak performance.

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Actress Cameron Diaz hasn’t always been as health-conscious and fit as she is today. Her consumption of bad foods had an effect on her skin and body. Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and health was just one of the life-changing lessons that sparked her passion to explore the best ways to care for her body. In The Body Book, she shares the knowledge she’s gained both from personal experience and from consulting with health experts. “In this book, there is no goal to reach in seven days or 30 days or 365 days,” she explains. “The goal here is forever.”

What Are You Hungry For? by Deepak Chopra

What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem? Peace? In this manual for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, spiritual guru and medical doctor Deepak Chopra creates a vision of weight loss based on a deeper awareness of why people overeat — because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real nourishment. Repudiating the failed approaches of crash dieting and all forms of deprivation, Chopra’s book aims directly at the problem of finding fulfillment. When that problem is solved, he asserts, normal eating falls into place automatically, and the entire system of mind and body achieves what it really desires.

The Lean Muscle Diet by Lou Schuler and Alan Aragon

The problem with diets isn’t that they don’t work. It’s that they don’t work long enough for most people. Research shows that although people can lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight on any given diet, dieting itself is a predictor of future weight gain. The Lean Muscle Diet solves that sustainability problem with an innovative, reader-empowering approach to nutrition and exercise that begins and ends with one simple standard: The weight you take off should stay off. Your diet will be based on eating the right amount of food for the body you want. Your workouts will shape that body. Your lifestyle will support that body. You’ll end up with a metabolism and an appetite calibrated to sustain that body.

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman

This book is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. With assistance from medical and fitness experts, Pastor Rick Warren and thousands in his congregation started a journey to transform their lives. The result: 15,000 people lost more than 260,000 pounds in the first year. But the changes in the people’s lives went far beyond the pounds they lost.

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson

In this book, New York Times best-selling author, public television icon, certified nutritional consultant and digestive health expert Brenda Watson offers an insightful perspective on the known connection between weight gain and an underlying imbalance of bacteria in the gut, or what she calls the gut factor — the overlooked root cause of weight gain. Drawing on the latest scientific research, the author illuminates the inner workings of the digestive system and provides instructions for achieving a healthy bacterial ecosystem that spurs weight loss by enabling the body to absorb fewer calories from food, experience reduced cravings and store less fat.

So whether you indulged in a few too many chocolates yesterday or jus want to jump start something new, hopefully these books have given you some ideas!

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