Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Looking for a Good Diet Book?

There is a myriad of diet books out there containing quite a bit of information to decipher.  This makes it difficult to figure out what advice might be healthy and practical to follow and what might not be.  Luckily, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics acknowledges this as a huge challenge for consumers.  So much so, that they work diligently to provide some straightforward advice on “what’s what.” 

First, they have a web page called “Consumer Lifestyle and Diet Book Reviews” on which they publish reviews on popular diet books.  Each review is written by a registered dietitian and contains a synopsis of the book, pros, cons and a “bottom line” professional assessment of the book.  You can search for books by Author, Title or Topic.  You’ll find titles such as “The Dukan Diet” by Dr. Pierre Dukan, “The 17-Day Diet” by Mike Moreno, MD and “Cinch!  Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches” by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD to name a few.

Secondly, they have a “Good Nutrition Reading List.”  If you’re looking for a book that is promoted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a trustworthy source of information, this would be where to find one.  There are recommendations for books on various topics, whether it is for weight management, food sensitivities, pediatric nutrition or another concern (by the way, weight management is rolled into the “nutrition and lifestyle” category).   Some titles there include “The Best Life Diet” by Bob Greene,  “Eat Right When Time is Tight” by Patricia Bannan, MS, RD and “Lose It! The Personalized Weight Loss Revolution” by Charles Teague and Anahad O'Connor.

These two resources are not only trustworthy, but could potentially save you from wasting time, energy and money on unrealistic, unhealthy diets and direct you instead to something a bit more balanced and sustainable.  

Photo Courtesy:  Kate Ter Haar