Top Ten Books to Kickstart Your Health Journey in the New Year

As we bid farewell to the festive season and usher in a brand-new year, many of us are gearing up to make positive changes, and for some, that includes embarking on a weight loss and wellness journey. To accompany your fitness and wellness resolutions, I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Books to Kickstart Your Health Journey in the New Year. These reads not only provide valuable insights into nutrition, wellness and fitness but also offer the motivation needed to stay committed to your goals.


Settling down to read one of these inspiring books with a cuppa is a perfect way to embrace moments of self-care and personal growth. As you immerse yourself in the pages, sipping your tea or coffee, you’re not just reading; you’re embarking on a journey towards a healthier and more mindful lifestyle. The words on the pages blend seamlessly with the soothing ritual of enjoying a hot beverage, creating a harmonious and rejuvenating experience that nourishes both mind and body. So, find a cozy spot, brew your cuppa, and let the wisdom within these books guide you towards a renewed sense of well-being.

1. The Whole30
by Melissa Hartwig Urban and Dallas Hartwig


“The Whole30” by Melissa Hartwig Urban and Dallas Hartwig is a comprehensive guide to transforming your relationship with food and achieving a healthier lifestyle in just 30 days. The book outlines a structured program that focuses on eliminating certain food groups, such as sugar, grains, dairy, and legumes, to discover the impact of these items on your body. It emphasises whole, unprocessed foods and encourages participants to pay attention to how their bodies respond to different foods. With practical advice, meal plans, and a clear explanation of the science behind the program, “The Whole30” is a valuable resource for those seeking a reset in their eating habits, improved energy levels, and a better understanding of how food affects overall well-being.


2. The 4-Hour Body
by Timothy Ferriss


“The 4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss is a captivating exploration of unconventional approaches to fitness, health, and self-improvement. Ferriss, known for his innovative thinking, presents a collection of strategies and experiments designed to optimize the human body. From efficient workouts to unconventional diet plans, he delves into topics such as rapid fat loss, muscle building, and even enhancing athletic performance in minimal time. With a blend of personal anecdotes, scientific insights, and practical tips, Ferriss challenges traditional notions of what is achievable in the realms of physical well-being. “The 4-Hour Body” serves as an intriguing guide for those seeking alternative methods to transform their bodies and lives.

3. Eat, Nourish, Glow 
by Amelia Freer


“Eat, Nourish, Glow” by Amelia Freer is a nutritional guide that transcends the typical diet book, offering a holistic approach to well-being through wholesome and nourishing eating habits. Freer, a nutritional therapist, emphasizes the significance of real, unprocessed foods and guides readers on how to make sustainable lifestyle changes for improved health. The book not only provides valuable insights into the impact of food on the body but also includes practical advice and delicious recipes to inspire a balanced and nutritious diet. With a focus on overall wellness and long-term vitality, “Eat, Nourish, Glow” is a refreshing resource for those looking to cultivate a positive relationship with food and achieve lasting health benefits.


4. Mindless Eating
by Brian Wansink


In “Mindless Eating,” Brian Wansink explores the fascinating psychology behind our eating habits, revealing the often subtle factors that influence what and how much we consume. Wansink, a renowned food psychologist, delves into the unconscious cues and environmental triggers that impact our food choices, leading to mindless eating patterns. The book provides practical insights into how small changes in our surroundings can result in healthier eating habits. Wansink’s engaging writing style combines scientific research with relatable anecdotes, offering readers a fresh perspective on mindful consumption. “Mindless Eating” is not just a guide to understanding why we eat the way we do; it’s a call to awareness, encouraging readers to make conscious choices for a healthier relationship with food.


5. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.
by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky


“Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.” by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky is a dynamic fusion of running wisdom and nutritious, delicious recipes. Geared towards athletes and fitness enthusiasts, the book combines Flanagan’s expertise as an Olympic marathoner with Kopecky’s culinary skills to create a comprehensive guide for those seeking to fuel their bodies for optimal performance. The authors emphasize the importance of nourishing, whole foods and provide a collection of mouthwatering recipes that cater to the nutritional needs of active individuals. From pre-run fuel to post-workout recovery meals, the book offers a delightful balance of practical advice and culinary inspiration, making it a go-to resource for anyone looking to enhance their running journey through wholesome and satisfying nutrition.

6. Ultimate Fit Food
by Gordon Ramsay


“Ultimate Fit Food” by Gordon Ramsay is a culinary masterpiece that transcends traditional notions of dieting, presenting a refreshing perspective on healthy eating without compromising on flavour. Renowned chef Gordon Ramsay takes readers on a gastronomic journey, showcasing a collection of recipes designed to promote overall well-being. With an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients and balanced nutrition, Ramsay demystifies the concept of ‘diet food’ by infusing his signature culinary flair into every dish. From vibrant salads to hearty mains, the book offers a diverse range of recipes that cater to various tastes and dietary preferences. Beyond the kitchen, Ramsay provides valuable insights into maintaining a healthy lifestyle, making “Ultimate Fit Food” not just a cookbook but a comprehensive guide to embracing a delicious and nutritious way of eating.

7. Body Positive Power
by Megan Jayne Crabbe


“Body Positive Power” by Megan Jayne Crabbe is a compelling exploration of self-love, body positivity, and the journey towards embracing one’s authentic self. Drawing from her personal experiences, Crabbe challenges societal beauty standards and encourages readers to break free from the shackles of diet culture. The book celebrates bodies of all shapes and sizes, promoting a message of acceptance and empowerment. Crabbe shares insights on building a positive relationship with one’s body, dispelling myths surrounding beauty, and advocating for mental and emotional well-being. Through a combination of personal anecdotes, research, and uplifting affirmations, “Body Positive Power” serves as an inspiring guide for those on a quest for self-love and body acceptance.

8. The Obesity Code
by Dr. Jason Fung


“The Obesity Code” by Dr. Jason Fung is a groundbreaking exploration of the complex factors contributing to obesity and a revolutionary guide to achieving lasting weight loss. Dr. Fung challenges traditional approaches to dieting by delving into the role of insulin in regulating body weight. He argues that understanding and controlling insulin levels is crucial for addressing obesity effectively. Fung introduces the concept of intermittent fasting as a powerful tool for resetting the body’s hormonal balance and promoting fat loss. Backed by scientific research and clinical experience, “The Obesity Code” provides readers with a deep understanding of the physiological mechanisms behind weight gain and offers practical strategies for breaking the cycle of obesity. This book is a compelling resource for those seeking evidence-based insights and actionable steps to achieve sustainable weight management.

9. Menopausing
by Davina McCall


For too long, women have had to keep quiet about the menopause – its onset, its symptoms, its treatments – and what it means for us. Menopausing will build an empowered, supportive community to break this terrible silence once and for all. By exploring and explaining the science, debunking damaging myths, and smashing the taboos around the perimenopause and menopause, this book will equip women to make the most informed decisions about their health… and their lives.

Menopausing will also celebrate the sharing of stories, enabling women to feel less alone and more understood, and talk openly and positively about menopause.

10. Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind
by Graeme Tomlinson


Discover how to enjoy weight loss by:

– Staying focused on what matters
– Letting go of what doesn’t matter
– Understanding why you don’t need to suffer to lose weight.
– Continuing to enjoy food and nights out with friends and family
Graeme Tomlinson, AKA The Fitness Chef, has helped over a million people with his evidence based, straight-talking infographics and two bestselling weight-loss books. This mind-and-body reset will help you find a happier relationship with food, while achieving your weight-loss goals

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.