16 Life-Changing Books to Read if You Want to Improve Your Health and Fitness in 2019

Have you ever read a health and fitness book that absolutely changed your life, and revolutionized how you relate to your body?

Well, get ready! This article is full of books that will positively impact your health and fitness for years to come.

Here are a few of our all-time favorite reads in the areas of health, wellness, fitness and body awareness.

We hope you enjoy.

(And please do share your own personal favorite health and fitness books with us in the comments!)

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

By: Michael Pollan

In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion — most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. In In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself

By: Alejandro Junger

The definitive book on detox and cleanses, Clean is a medically proven program designed to be easily incorporated into our busy schedule while providing all the practical tools necessary to support and rejuvenate our bodies. The effect is transformative: nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away, and for the first time in our lives, we will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.

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Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

By: Catherine Shanahan, M.D.

Physician and biochemist Cate Shanahan, M.D. examined diets around the world known to help people live longer, healthier lives―diets like the Mediterranean, Okinawa, and “Blue Zone”―and identified the four common nutritional habits, developed over millennia, that unfailingly produce strong, healthy, intelligent children, and active, vital elders, generation after generation. These four nutritional strategies―fresh food, fermented and sprouted foods, meat cooked on the bone, and organ meats―form the basis of what Dr. Cate calls “The Human Diet.”

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Ultra-Prevention: The Six-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy For Life

By: Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis

Ultraprevention is the new science of staying healthy, an innovative program that shatters the myths of today’s “fix-the-broken-parts” medicine. These myths—drugs cure disease, genes determine your fate, getting older means aging, fat is a four-letter word—are actually believed by many doctors and are keeping you sick. The promise of its practice is huge—a health span that matches life span—and you’ll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more.

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Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life

By: Ben Greenfield

America’s top personal trainer, holistic nutritionist and health expert, Ben Greenfield shows you how to overcome common health-related training issues while optimizing your workouts so you can look, feel, and perform like a champion. Whether you’re an extreme exercise enthusiast or just looking to shed a few pounds, this is the last book on training, endurance, health, and life you will ever need.

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Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

By: Mark Hyman, M.D.

Many of us have long been told that fat makes us fat, contributes to heart disease, and generally erodes our health. Now a growing body of research is debunking our fat-phobia, revealing the immense health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other delicious super-foods. In his new book, bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman introduces a new weight-loss and healthy living program based on the latest science and explains how to EAT FAT, GET THIN, and achieve optimum wellness along the way.

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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Way Back to Health

By: William Davis

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle.

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

By: Michael Pollan

Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats

By: Sally Fallon and Mary Enig

This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious.

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health

By: Toni Weschler

Since the publication of Taking Charge of your Fertility two decades ago, Toni Weschler has taught a whole new generation of women how to become pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally and gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health by taking just a couple minutes a day using the proven Fertility Awareness Method.

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The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

By: Vasant Lad

Based on the ancient healing tradition from India that dates back more than 5,000 years, this book offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines and treatments with practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions. Dr. Vasant Lad first explains the principles behind the science of Ayurveda, exploring the physical and psychological characteristics of each of the three doshas (or mind-body types) — vata, pitta, and kapha. Once you have determined which type or combination of types you are, Dr. Lad helps you to begin your journey to the ultimate “state of balance” and well-being.

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Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food

By: Rachel Herz

In Why You Eat What You Eat, acclaimed neuroscientist Rachel Herz examines the sensory, psychological, neuroscientific, and physiological factors that influence our eating habits. Herz uncovers the fascinating and surprising facts that influence food consumption — such as why bringing reusable bags to the grocery store encourages us to buy more treats, how our beliefs can affect how many calories we burn, why TV influences how much we eat, and how what we see and hear changes how food tastes… and she reveals useful techniques for improving our experience of food.

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Bodymind

By: Ken Dychtwald

In Bodymins, Dychtwald presents a comprehensive study of the body and mind relationship in an analytic yet highly readable style. Through Dychtwald’s engaging, experiential narrative, the reader is drawn into an illuminating journey toward higher self-awareness with practical applications in everyday life. Articulating the complex relationship between body type, personality, and experience, Dychtwald suggests methods for obtaining deeper self-knowledge of physical, emotional, and sexual makeup, and relates techniques for releasing repressed feelings, as well as self-healing and increased energy.

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The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted, and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health

By: T. Colin Campbell

The science is clear. The results are unmistakable. You can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes just by changing your diet. Featuring brand new content, this heavily expanded edition of Colin and Tom’s groundbreaking book includes the latest undeniable evidence of the power of a plant-based diet, plus updated information about the changing medical system and how patients stand to benefit from a surging interest in plant-based nutrition.

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Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

By: Joel Fuhrman

In Eat to Live, Joel Fuhrman explains how and why eating the wrong foods causes toxic hunger and the desire to over consume calories; whereas a diet of high micronutrient quality causes true hunger which decreases the sensations leading to food cravings and overeating behaviors. It instructs readers on how to leave behind the discomfort of toxic hunger, cravings, and addictions to unhealthy foods. This is a book that will change the way you eat, let you live longer, reduce your need for medications, and improve your health dramatically.

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Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest Lived Peoples

By: John Robbins

In this revolutionary book, bestselling author John Robbins presents us with a bold new paradigm of aging, showing us how we can increase not only our lifespan but also our health span. Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world’s healthiest, oldest people, Robbins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness.

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1 Comment
  • Marta
    Posted at 10:23h, 27 February Reply

    My favorite has to be “How not to Die” my Dr Michael Greger 🙂

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