The Not-Dieting Approach: Books to Increase Health and Fitness

Two notable books are out this year on the not-dieting approach to weight management and health. One came out in May, and the other won’t actually be released til the end of this month, no doubt with New Year’s resolutions in mind.

I. The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet: 10-Minute Fixes to Get the Body You Want and a Life You’ll Love by Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead

These authors have a popular info-packed website called Fit Bottomed Girls. Their stated goals:

We Fit Bottomed Girls are on a mission to show the people of this world that being healthy doesn’t have to be boring. We’re committed to creating content, products and events that inspire and empower women (and men!) to find the fun in fitness, ditch the diet drama and embrace their inner confidence to help them realize that, yes, they are worth taking care of. It’s not about having the perfect body, seeing a certain number on the scale or changing yourself into something you’re not. We’re here to help you find your healthy living jam and to love and to appreciate your fit bottom — no matter where you are on your journey. After all, FBGs come in all shapes and sizes!

When Walters was interviewed on website Womens Workout Daily earlier this year she stated that her favorite section of the FBG site is the motivation tab. Why? “Most people that come to the site may or may not be conscious of how to get motivated and stay motivated.” 

And her biggest advice regarding the not-dieting approach? “Ditch the diet drama…Don’t get on the scale everyday…don’t obsess about everything you’re eating. Listen to your body and it will show you where to go and what’s good for you. We’re all different so what works for me won’t work for you. ” 

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT: “The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet celebrates the number one rule of success…honor thyself! Unraveling the diet mentality and reliance upon outside advice by tuning into the only true expert on you – yourself – will transform everything and take your physical, mental, and spiritual health to an entirely unprecedented level. Jennipher and Erin generously offer support, inspiration, and practical tips to rock your anti-diet. Energizing, jubilant, and entertaining, this book will transform your life!”

II. Smart People Don’t Diet: How the Latest Science Can Help You Lose Weight Permanently by Charlotte N. Markey, Ph.D.

In this upcoming release emphasizing the not-dieting approach, psychologist and blog writer Charlotte N. Markey synthesizes tons of pertinent research.

As with the FBG’s, Markey’s all about encouraging the kind of changes that will improve your relationship with food and your body and will help you develop a unique plan for your unique circumstances.

Included is info about what doesn’t work. You can ignore tips, for instance, that advise skipping dessert, no eating after 8 PM, and no between-meal snacking, to name a few.

Markey, by the way, is realistic about the holidays’ temptations. From a newsletter issued by Rutgers University, where she runs the Healthy Development Lab:

‘Once people say that they can’t have that pumpkin pie, they will only want it more, and are still likely to eat it and to eat more of it,’ explains Markey. ‘We should enjoy the holiday rituals and the foods that go with those rituals. It’s a cliché, but it works: if you want to get through the long haul of the holidays, don’t try to cut out foods altogether, but keep them in balance or moderation.’

And then there are the post-holidays—what about that plan to start dieting? Markey advises the following, as told to A. Pawlowski,

‘Dieting makes you miserable, it makes you cranky. It actually makes you more likely to overeat and to binge and fast,’ she said.
‘Don’t feel guilty about having good stuff in moderation. Don’t feel deprived, but don’t be over-indulgent either. There’s got to be some middle ground.’

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