The following is a list of books that I think readers of this site will find useful.
This is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive discussion on the science of fat loss. With several hundred references, if there’s ever been a peer reviewed study on weight loss, chance’s are, Colpo has cited it in his book. What’s more is that he goes above and beyond and actually discusses many of these papers in great detail. The notable achievement of this book is the compilation of every single isocaloric mid/long term ward based metabolic study that’s ever been published in English since 1935. Read my full book review here.
By Yours Truly
(…of course I’d recommend my own book, right?)
Theoretical knowledge isn’t worth much without practical application, and this is a particularly major problem with fat loss – how do we apply the scientific truth of fat loss such that, one, we can *actually succeed* at it in real life, and two, we’re not wasting any time or energy in the process? In short, I wrote my book to answer that question, which is essentially everything here in the blog compiled into an official straightforwardfatloss.com “how-to” manual. Learn more by reading the Amazon sales page here.
The simple fact is that most people will run into inexplicable problems with fat loss. This book is a great adjunct to the Straightforward Fat Loss Handbook, though it certainly stands well on it’s own. The Fat Loss Troubleshoot is a comprehensive guide on where diets tend to go wrong, and how to fix those problems. It will essentially “idiot proof” fat loss. Read my full review here.
“Starvation mode” is one of the most controversy charged phrases in health and fitness. Is it real? The short answer is no – you can’t violate the laws of physics and gain mass when you don’t eat anything. The long answer, though, is… sort of. That is, excessive under eating and over training can lead to inexplicable weight loss stalls, if you don’t understand what’s actually going on metabolically. Some people will just train and diet harder, which can actually makes things worse. This book demystifies the controversy that is “starvation mode,” and actually explains what can happen that will cause weight loss stalls, and more importantly what you can do about it. Not just for your weight loss, but for your general health. Read my full review here.
Intermittent fasting is now a hot topic with, frankly, a lot of overblown hype surrounding it. But, it’s something I do believe in and do myself, mostly because it can make any diet much easier to adhere to. This book is the single best published work that discusses the applied science of intermittent fasting, and how it can potentially help with weight loss and general health. Read my full review here.
Other Recommended Reading:
Willpower is the most touted and asked about virtue when it comes to weight loss, yet how does it actually work? Dr. McGonigal looked at all the available research and compiled this layman’s guide to the willpower “instinct” — and the truth might surprise you. It certainly surprised me when I read it. I always recommend this to everyone who asks me about weight loss, or self improvement in general. Read my full book review here.
Speed Trap is Francis’s memoir of coaching Ben Johnson, the famous Canadian sprinter who won Gold in the 100m at the 1988 Olympics, only to have it stripped 3 days later after failing a drug test. This book is the best honest commentary of the reality of professional sport that I’ve ever read. See my full book review here.
I have (regrettably) endured many nauseatingly trite, truistic, and insubstantial “how to succeed” books. Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, has written the only good book of this kind that I’ve read thus far, mostly because he’s actually honest and uniquely insightful. I haven’t reviewed this book yet but I probably will at some point.
Regarding resistance training, et al…
I haven’t actually ever found a paid training program that I’ve bought and liked enough to recommend. I’ve learned pretty much everything I know through free resources, personal experimentation, intuition, and trial and error. Not to mention introspection – it seems as though every program out there aims to max out your muscular genetic potential, which isn’t necessarily my goal. But maybe there is a good book/program out there, such that it fits with the philosophy of this blog, that I haven’t found yet? I feel like there probably is, or will be eventually, so I’m always on the lookout. If I find one I’ll add it here. Do note that many of the books I’ve recommended here cover this topic, perhaps sufficiently.
Another good bet is to check out the reddit.com/r/fitness wiki page, which you can use to find various programs depending on your goals.