We all need motivation to stick to that diet, but motivation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fad or gimmick. Allure takes a lot at the latest diet books that are making their rounds in bookstores.
When checking out some of the diet books being published this summer, we noticed that they’re heavy on the gimmicks. At first we rolled our eyes. But the more we thought about why diet books succeed, we had to admit that the principles of weight loss are pretty simple – and a lot of times, success depends on finding something you can stick with. So hey, if you find the right gimmick (and it’s not dangerous)… could that do the trick?
Here are three new books that caught our eye – and their angles:
Personal trainer Paul Khanna (pen name Venice A. Fulton) has gotten tons of attention for his book, Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends. The title is catchy – as are the claims that skipping breakfast, drinking two cups of coffee on an empty stomach, cutting back on carb-y vegetables, and taking a cold bath every morning will help you shed almost 10kg in six weeks. And the advice is based on studies.
Then there’s the mind-over-matter approach. After an accident, Colorado native Bridget Praytor was unable to work out for six months. So she started soaking in a hot tub instead, and had the realisation that stressing over exercise and dieting hadn’t helped her lose weight. In The Hot Tub Diet: Get Out of the Gym, Into the Hot Tub, and Lose Weight, she explains how a positive attitude enabled her to shed pounds.
And there are diet books that ask you to identify what type of eater you are, and then give you a customised prescription for weight loss. Meditation expert Andy Puddicombe’s The Headspace Diet has a spin on that. For example, if you’re a zombie (meaning you eat out of habit), then you should stop eating at your desk or in front of the TV and savor every bite.
Do you like a specific strategy when you diet or do you stick to the basics?
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