The best diet and fitness books

With so many health and fitness books available, it can be difficult to decide which ones are actually worth buying. So, we've done the hard work for you. Here is our list of the best books on subjects such as diet, nutrition, weight training and bodybuilding.

Diet and weight loss

Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing

by Terence Kealey

To breakfast or not to breakfast? That is the question according to this book. Professor Kealey investigates the origins of the widely held belief that we should breakfast like kings and dine like paupers. He uncovers evidence of how breakfast was promoted to the most important meal of the day by corporate and government groups wanting to increase the consumption of cereals. The author also explores how we could actually be far slimmer and healthier without it.

The New Atkins Made Easy: The faster, simpler way to lose weight and feel great – starting today!

by Colette Heimowitz

The incredibly popular Atkins Diet is still the world's number one choice. It is claimed that ninety percent of Dr. Atkins's patients have experienced dramatic weight loss. Studies have shown it to be highly effective and easy to follow and it's the diet of choice for major celebrities who need to get in shape. This updated version is designed to be even easier to get going with and start losing weight.

Dukan Diet 2 - The 7 Steps

by Dr Pierre Dukan

For a long time, Dukan was synonymous with weightloss mainly in France. In recent years, the rest of the world has caught on to its benefits. However, the original Dukan Diet was seen by many as quite difficult to stick to. This revised version has 7 easier steps to follow to ensure a greater chance of success. The result is a gentler method for controlling what you eat while also retaining more of what you enjoy.

Bodybuilding and weight training

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised

by Arnold Schwarzenegger and‎ Bill Dobbins

This book is the bible of bodybuilding. It includes features such as: the history of the sport; Arnold's own bodybuilding experiences; a vast catalogue of bodybuilding exercises with detailed descriptions and photographs; bodybuilding exercise programs catering for all levels; nutrition information; and ideas for creating posing routines. An absolute must-have book for anyone interested in bodybuilding.

High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way

by Mike Mentzer and John Little

An intellectual as well as a champion bodybuilder of the 'golden era', Mike Mentzer turned bodybuilding philosophy upside down with his radical revision of what constitutes effective training and nutrition. A believer in fewer workouts, but of a high intensity, he strived to provide truthful bodybuilding advice, speaking out about what he saw to be biased, misleading information perpetuated by muscle magazines and the supplement industry.

Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body (Bruce Lee Library)

by Bruce Lee and John Little

Bruce Lee's incredibly muscular physique won him a lot of fans, including many from the bodybuilding world, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Dorian Yates and Lee Haney. This book details Bruce Lee's circuit training methods and provides a fascinating and detailed insight into all the various exercise techniques he applied. The book also contains hard to find information on Bruce Lee's diet and nutrition. It is a valuable source of inspiration for bodybuilders of all levels and a must-have book for Bruce Lee fans.

Strength Training Anatomy (Sports Anatomy)

by Frederic Delavier

This classic is an invaluable book for showing you exactly which muscles are affected during weight training exercises. It is filled with beautifully detailed illustrations that clearly depict all the muscles and bones being used, along with full descriptions of how to perform all the exercises correctly. A work of art and a virtual x-ray of muscles at work, this is an essential reference for bodybuilders and anyone who exercises with weights.