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Top Weight Loss Books For 2014

Here at Metabolic Effect we have been called the Sherlock Holmes of the weight loss industry. The reason for this moniker is that we are not a diet company.

While Keoni and I did write a book on nutrition, that was marketed by our publisher as a diet book, those who read the book and know our work realize almost immediately that we are about something very different.

To us, it is not about teaching you a way to do things. The truth is there is no one diet approach that works for all people. What Keoni and I do here at Metabolic Effect is try our best to teach the general nutrition, exercise and lifestyle principles associated with sustained and lasting weight loss. And more importantly health and fitness.

But the larger insight to understand is that even that is a tricky thing to do because these principles can vary somewhat from person to person. The idea is that we humans all vary to some degree in our metabolic expression, psychology and personal preferences. Our eating, exercise and lifestyle habits have to honor these difference or else they are doomed to fail.

With all this in mind, Metabolic Effect has one core mission, help you find what works for you. Our goal is to help you discover what works for you and build a lifestyle from that. This way things become effortless for you and you can stay lean and healthy and never diet again.

Education is the first step

So to start off the year I want to make a recommendation for you to read three “diet books”. This might confuse you at first if you are not used to this approach.

Most people read a diet book and follow that program. This is not the best approach. This is very much like trying to get a degree in engineering and only taking one course.

To understand what works for you requires following a process rather some off the shelf protocol. A key component of that process is education. Not just education from Kenoi, myself and Metabolic Effect, but also education from other expert voices in heath and fitness.

3 Books To Start 2014

With that in mind I am going to recommend you start the year reading three books. But before you do I want to give you a little caveat. I don’t agree with everything in these books, nor do I think these are books you should follow to a T.

You should know by now this is about finding what works for you and I believe these very different approaches will bring you closer to that goal.

So, as you read each of these books read them with an eye towards assessing does the philosophy make sense for you. Does it seem to match what you know about your metabolism and the foods that make you feel best? Does it match your psychological sensitivities? Does it match your personal preferences, etc.

The most likely outcome is that you will find elements of each program that speak to you. That is the point. One of my heroes, Bruce Lee, has a famous quote: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not and add what is uniquely your own.” That is the way to read these books.

Book 1: Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat, by Esther Blum

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 8.37.07 AMFull disclosure on this one. Esther is one of my favorite people in the world and a dear friend. I also consulted on the hormonal weight loss aspect of the book.

But Esther happens to be a brilliant educator. Do we agree on everything? NO!! Nor should we. I personally do not believe the Paleodiet is a suitable diet for all people. My clinical experience bares this out.

But, I will say this. Of all the one-size-fits-all diets that exist in the world today, the Paleodiet is far and away the best. If you are going to take a protocol approach to dieting, which is not a good idea if you want to succeed long-term, this paleo approach is probably your best bet. I believe research bares this out and my clinical experience agrees.

Esther does an amazing job of making this approach flexible and doable. I personally love her writing style and her fresh and flexible approach to nutrition.


Book 2: The Calorie Myth, by Jonathan Bailor

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 8.36.54 AMJonathan and I have become buds over the last few years. We too do not agree on everything. Again, that is not what it is about. It is about finding common ground and helping people find what works.

I personally get fed up with the experts who are intent on tearing down every idea in nutrition that does not fit their specific orientation. Jonathan, I know, feels the same way.

I am recommending this book because calories are not all that matter when it comes to weight loss and body change and you will certainly understand why after reading this book. You will find many overlapping ideas in this book compared with:

 Keoni’s and my book.

Here are some cautions as you read it. Jonathan is a great marketer. I feel very strongly you have to be to get your message out. I am personally glad he is a good marketer because I do believe the message he is sending is going to help a ton of people.

That being said, don’t get too caught up in the hype and marketing. Read with a discerning eye. Calories definitely do matter when it comes to body change. Jonathan himself will point this out. But, they are not all that matters, and in the end, Jonathan’s approach will lower calories if it is followed.

Also, you will want to realize that some of what he recommends are obviously things that work well for him. Greek yogurt and dairy foods, eccentric exercise, etc. Jonathan’s experience is as an expert on reading research with a bit of personal training experience. But his slight lean towards research means he can rely heavily on his own personal experience at times.

Just understand these things may or may not be good approaches for you.

All in all, Jonathan is excellent and is a wonderful expert to learn from in my opinion. This book is a must read for 2014.

Book 3: Burn the Fat Feed The Muscle, by Tom Venuto

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 8.36.41 AMI don’t know Tom outside of a few conversations. Tom and I are also the most different in viewpoints. He leans slightly towards the calorie side of body change while I lean more slightly towards the hormonal piece. I think we agree that both are important. But again, these difference are good and important.

I love learning from Tom despite having differences in our approach. If you can cultivate this attitude of learning, especially from those that you don’t 100% agree with you are going to have no problem finding your way.

This book is probably the closest book I have seen to breaking down the bodybuilding lifestyle for the lay person. It was the first ebook I ever read on health and fitness and this updated addition just makes it that much better. You will learn how diet and exercise combine in a way to not just get you thin, but get you lean and tight too.

You will get the calorie approach in this book, but without him saying it, Tom’s approach balances your hormonal chemistry for fat loss and muscle gain.

It may be the most important book of the three to read in terms of the diet and exercise solution combined. Of the three experts and their books, Tom has the most similar experience to Keoni and I. An ex-bodybuilder, a research junky but not a zealot and real world experience with thousands of clients.

Final thoughts:

Education is key to finding what works for you. I am asked constantly by people how to do that. And we have been inundated here at Metabolic Effect with people asking us to take on more of an educational role as the world of nutrition and exercise gets more noisy.

Because of this, you will see a lot more from us in bringing other expert voices into the fold, even those who disagree with our approach. It is my hope this helps you become more knowledgeable about health, fitness and weight loss in general and more importantly get closer to finding the solution that will work for you in the long run.

Education is the first step. Let me know what you think of these books.