Top 10 diet books

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You don't have to wait until January 1st of 2014 to make the pledge to get fit. We've compiled a list of the best diet books in a variety of categories, from gluten-free and vegan cookbooks to portion control and wine-centric weight loss plans. Find the best way to shed the pounds (and keep them off!) before swimwear season with our list of the top 10 diet books.

Crazy Sexy Diet
By Kris Carr

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kris Carr, there was a time where she too lived a SAD (Standard American Diet) and empty-calorie life ... until she was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Maybe we should all live like we have the big "C," but in Crazy Sexy Diet, Carr will give you the perspective, inspiration and ingredients you need to make an even bigger "C" — change, of course! How? Through loads of veggies, cleanses, delicious juicing and other simple lifestyle changes.

The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual
By Julie M. Simon

Therapist and life coach Julie M. Simon tackles the real issue of why many of us overeat in The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting. Because counting calories and restricting foods tends to leave dieters feeling deprived and resorting back to pigging out on fattening comfort foods, Simon has created a practical guide to help balance your emotions, spirit and body to counter the impulse for binge eating. Armed with her five self-care skills, body-balancing principles and soul-care practices, you will learn to look within for comfort instead of self-soothing with food.

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Practical Paleo
By Diane Sanfilippo

Diane Sanfilippo’s Practical Paleo is a great introduction to the very trendy "caveman" diet, a way of eating similar to our prehistoric ancestors. She offers a holistic plan that focuses on whole organic foods while avoiding the refined, processed and gluten-rich foods typical of the modern human diet. In addition to 120 Paleo-friendly recipes, Sanfilippo includes various guides on what kinds of foods to avoid as well as meal plans targeted to help those with various chronic diseases.

French Women Don’t Get Fat
By Mireille Guiliano

In French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano advises us to practice the French lifestyle of savoring food (including chocolate, bread, cheese and wine), controlling portions, walking, drinking lots of water, eating a variety of fresh foods, adding healthy staples like satisfying Greek-style yogurt and, most of all, enjoying ourselves. Its success even inspired a cookbook.

Gluten Free Every Day
By Robert M. Landolphi

Whether you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or simply want to reduce the amount of wheat and other carbs in your diet, Gluten Free Every Day shows that gluten-free cooking can bring joy and satisfaction to anyone's kitchen and palate — not just those with special dietary needs. Author Robert M. Landolphi covers all food categories, from appetizers to desserts, in delicious ways that won't have you missing traditional pasta, toast and dinner rolls!

Skinny Bitch in the Kitch
By Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin

When Skinny Bitch first hit the bookstores, it became an instant bestseller for its manifesto on the vegan lifestyle, a no-holds-barred war against the supposed evils of the food world: meat, dairy and simple carbohydrates. In part two, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, Freedman and Barnouin are back with a cookbook, offering vegan recipes that "don't taste like crap."

Raw Food/Real World
By Mathew Kenny & Sarma Melngailis

This publication from the raw food front is a delicious and less bumpy road to incorporating more uncooked and meat-free items into your diet. The authors have made a noble effort in being creative, playing with textures and pleasing foodies with a great spectrum of flavors.

Making Weight Control Second Nature
By Susan Burke March

Making Weight Control Second Nature: Living Thin Naturally begins where the struggle with weight control must first be won: inside one's head. It's written with a crisp and raw emotional intensity, detailing tactical ways readers make weight-wise living intuitive and instinctual.

The Joy Fit Club
By Joy Bauer

Associating joy with a fitness-oriented challenge may sound anything but joyful if you've tried multiple weight-loss and diet techniques and have failed miserably. But the inspirational examples of real people who lost 100 or even 300 pounds in this unique book go way beyond the usual tips and tricks to get thin. Thirty stories all serve as a testament to author Joy Bauer's ability to joyfully motivate you to achieve a healthier overall lifestyle—and maintain it.

Substitute Yourself Skinny
By Susan Irby

Substitute Yourself Skinny is not a book of diet recipes. It's all about enjoying your favorite foods at a lower calorie-count by using low-fat or fat-free products, sweeteners with fewer calories than sugar, more vegetables, and fresh herbs for flavor.

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