> The Step Diet Book
By James O. Hill, Ph.D., and John C. Peters, Ph.D., with Bonnie T. Jortberg, M.S., R.D. (Workman, 2004)
Diet philosophy To lose weight painlessly, trim food portions by 25 percent and take up walking.
Best suited for Dieters who don't want to make drastic changes
Recipes included? No
What's inside There's no calorie counting, measuring foods or complicated exercise regimens in the Step Diet. You can even eat the foods you love!
This book even comes with a pedometer. Your goal: 10,000 steps a day (roughly five miles). Fitting in those extra steps is ultra-easy thanks to clever tips to boost your activity (just walking down the hall to talk to co-workers rather than sending e-mail will help you rack up an extra 500 steps a day). The Step Diet Book also offers a novel way to avoid plateaus and encourage lasting weight loss: Change your habits for 12 weeks, then try to maintain the weight you've lost for at least four weeks before trying to lose more.
The nutrition expert says "That step counter makes you so much more aware of how inactive you really are," Sandon says. "But, it's a lot easier to add a few hundred steps than to stop eating your favorite foods. This book focuses on small changes which equal big rewards down the road."
> The Complete Book of Food Counts, Sixth Edition
By Corinne T. Netzer (Dell, 2003)
Diet philosophy Calories do count.
Best suited for Food diarists and portion-control practitioners
Recipes included? No
What's inside You'll find the calorie, protein, fat, carb, cholesterol, sodium and dietary fiber content for just about every food imaginable in this handy paperback classic. It features stats for fresh, frozen, generic, name-brand, fast, gourmet and "health" foods -- as well as dishes served in major restaurants. Like to compare brands? No problem. There are 19 pages dedicated to pizza alone. If there's a food you're curious about, chances are good you'll find it here.
The nutrition expert says "This book is a real timesaver," Sandon says. "It helps you make comparisons without spending hours scanning food labels."