How to Lose Weight with a Real Food Diet

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Do you want to lose weight in the new year? I’ve got five books you must read for weight loss with real food.

5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food

A few years ago, I lost 47 pounds with a real food diet. If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll remember that’s when I started posting a lot about real food and health. Learning about real food and moving my family from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a real food diet was my number one priority for about a year until we settled into our new normal way of eating. I read and read and read and read until I knew the why a real food diet was important and just exactly what a real food diet was. I shared a lot of great info with you guys then and I want to spark you to continue on in the real food lifestyle. 

Read Books and Lose Weight

Do you ever wonder how real food bloggers know so much about real food?  While it may be true that some of us were raised on traditional real foods and learned about such from our parents and grandparents, most of us grew up with a hefty dose of conventional dietary indoctrination spooned into our mouths.  So, how do we know which fats are healthy, why modern wheat is bad, and what your mother’s teeth can tell us about your health at birth?

We read.  Voraciously.

We devour books, take notes, re-read, contemplate the information and study it until we can break it down into manageable chunks for our readers to consume more easily.  Real food is a study and we are real food students.

There is a vast amount of food-related information out there.  From scientific studies to anecdotal stories and the gray space between, we are interested in it all.  And you should be, too!  You shouldn’t simply take our word for it when we relay the latest study to you in a blog post.  You should read the study for yourself.  When we quote another author and tout his or her book as the best, you should check it out for yourself and see if you agree.

Now, I know that not everyone has time to sit around reading a college education’s worth of books, so it is my plan to break all of the real-food-related books I’ve read into simple lists of five.  Today my list of real food books includes those that are appropriate for real foodies who want to lose weight.

1.  Eat Fat, Lose Fat

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This real-food weight-loss gem from Mary Enig and Sally Fallon is my top recommendation.  I found this wonderful book after beginning my own real food journey and it confirmed everything about fat that I’d always suspected.

Spoiler alert:  Saturated fat is not the killer that we believed it to be.  But, you might wanna step away from the canola oil before it breaks your heart.  (Oh, and why not drop some pounds while eating your fill of butter and bacon?  It worked for me!)

2.  Wheat Belly:  Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, Find Your Way Back to Health

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Can’t lose weight?  Have you tried cutting out wheat?  I know, I know.  I refused to give up wheat in the beginning, as well.  And frankly, I still eat it from time to time.  But, getting rid of wheat in my daily diet has caused me to drop pounds faster than I ever imagined possible.  In addition, many of my digestive issues are relieved when I stay away from wheat.  

In this book, Dr. William Davis explains why wheat causes obesity and health problems now when generations ago it didn’t.  Not all wheat is bad, but the wheat you eat is likely doing more harm than good.  Even if you can’t feel it. And it definitely won’t do you any favors when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.  

3.  Why We Get Fat:  And What To Do About It

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Think the calories in </= calories out model of weight loss works?  Think again.  It’s not about calories.  I’ve lost 47 pounds eating more calories (and saturated fat) that I’ve ever dared to consume before.  Gary Taubes tells us how nutrition science and the medical field have gotten it all wrong when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.  He offers hope to those who resigned themselves to counting calories forever but still can’t lose the weight or keep it from creeping back on once they do.

4.  The Nourished Metabolism

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Okay, maybe you’re already a real foodie but those pounds still aren’t budging.  What now?  If your body isn’t burning fat the way it should, it may be about more than your diet.  Lifestyle holds important factors that can inhibit the body’s ability to burn fat.  In order to get your metabolism in shape, there are areas of your life and daily habits that you may need change.  As well, nourishing your metabolism will provide other benefits such as having more energy, balancing your hormones and giving you a remarkable zest for life.  Elizabeth Walling of The Nourished Life explains in this book how to feed your metabolism for weight loss and better overall health.

 

5.  The Dark Side of Fat Loss

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Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness wrote this incredibly informative book after he discovered that his education in nutrition was not helping his personal training clients.  He was telling them to do everything that the experts recommended but he felt as if he was failing them as their weight loss efforts seemed to make no difference.  He set out to figure out the problem and to share his findings in his book, The Dark Side of Fat Loss, busts the current myths about weight loss and how to attain it.