Book Reviews

Diet books routinely top the best-seller lists, and new diet plans come out seemingly every day. To help you understand which diets are reasonable and which should be avoided, current and former Academy spokespeople have reviewed a number of diet books, asking such questions as:

  • What claims does the author make?
  • What does his or her diet plan entail?
  • Are there nutritional weaknesses in the plan? Strengths?
  • What's the registered dietitian nutritionist's bottom-line assessment of the book?

As registered dietitian nutritionists, Academy spokespeople have the knowledge and expertise to help decipher fact from fad in order to help you develop a healthy eating plan that is right for you.


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  • Never Say Diet

    This book focuses on the inspirational and motivational aspects of weight loss and physical activity. The diet and exercise principles are reasonable recommendations based on Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics weight-loss guidelines. Read More

  • One Bite at a Time, 2nd Edition

    This comprehensive cookbook shares immune-boosting recipes for people living with cancer, their caregivers and the ever-growing number of cancer survivors. The cookbook features more than 85 simple-to-prepare recipes ranging from "little nibbles" to entrees and desserts. Read More

  • The All-New Atkins Advantage

    This book features the Atkins weight-loss diet with a 12-week, step-by-step plan for incorporating exercise into a reader's life. It also provides guidance to help the individual stick with the diet and exercise program. Each week builds on the one before it. Read More

  • The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

    This book recommends readers keep a plant-based diet of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, tofu and soy products while "abstaining from all animal-based products and refined foods" — and the author does mean ALL. In short, this is a vegan diet. Read More

  • The No Crave Diet

    This book explains what, how and when to eat in order to reduce your desire to snack and reveals how managing stress, sleep and exercise will reduce cravings, as well as information on enabling you to increase your body's ability to burn fat, even when you are sleeping. Read More

  • Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

    To avoid the struggle of getting vegetables into your child's diet, incorporate healthy vegetables and fruits (in pureed form) into dishes they prefer. The author provides lists of recommended kitchen tools, staple ingredients, purees of vegetables and fruits to portion and freeze for use in recipes and recipes in which to incorporate the vegetable and fruit purees. Read More

  • Women's Health Perfect Body Diet

    The book offers two diet options: "Greens & Berries" or "Grains & Fruit." The meal plans — which are centered on fruit and vegetables, lean protein sources and low-fat dairy — provide 1,600 calories per day and are rich in antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and mono/polyunsaturated fat. Read More

  • The South Beach Diet Super Charged

    Like the original South Beach Diet, this version guides readers to choose high-fiber carbohydrates found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, healthy unsaturated fats, lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy. Read More

  • The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals

    The Sneaky Chef claims to transform the way America feeds its children by adding fruit and vegetable purees to common foods children enjoy, such as cauliflower and zucchini mixed into boxed macaroni and cheese, spinach and blueberries in brownies and sweet potatoes and carrots into spaghetti sauce. Read More

  • The Best Life Diet, Revised and Updated

    The book provides three different versions — Oprah's 7 Day Menu, a Basic Meal Plan and a Speedy Meal Plan — each with seven to 14 days of menus. All plans include meal adjustments to allow for 1,500 - 2,500 calories per day based on one's level of activity. Read More