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The 5 Books to Read If You Want To Lose Weight In 2023

Want to lose weight? Turn to the experts and get science-backed advice that actually works.
by Vanessa Gibbs | Feb 1 2023

Trying to shed a few pounds? You’ve not alone: 52% of adults around the world are trying to lose weight, too. But weight loss is easier said than done.

Google “how to lose weight” and you’ll get an endless list of hacks, tips, and diets to try. And the list is continually growing as there seems to be a new fad diet or weight loss technique created every day. The sad part about a lot of this advice though? It doesn’t work or threatens your health in the long run.

But, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, how do you separate fact from fad and science-backed advice from the latest trend? This is where Blinkist can help.

Get Advice You Can Trust — Fast

Blinkist is an app that gathers key insights from nonfiction books and shares them as a bite-sized explainer you can read or listen to in 15 minutes. There are 5,500 titles to choose from across 27 categories including health and nutrition, science, and psychology.

All the information on Blinkist comes from nonfiction books written by leading authors, professors, experts, and — when it comes to weight loss advice — doctors, too.

To get you on your weight loss journey faster, Blinkist has created a collection called This is Weight Loss. It rounds up titles dedicated to helping you lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way. Forget about scouring dubious lifestyle blogs and trust these science-backed sources of information with your diet journey.

Here are some of the books in the collection, and a peek at what you could learn from them on Blinkist.

1. The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

Jason Fung is head of the Intensive Dietary Management program at Scarborough Hospital, Ontario, Canada. In his book, The Obesity Code, Fung dives into one cause of obesity we rarely think about: insulin resistance.

“Once we understand that obesity is a hormonal imbalance, we can begin to treat it. If we believe that excess calories cause obesity, then the treatment is to reduce calories. But this method has been a complete failure. However, if too much insulin causes obesity, then it becomes clear we need to lower insulin levels.”
Jason Fung

One piece of good news from the book? Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. So, while you should cut down on sugary treats to lose weight, your morning cup of joe can stay.

2. What to Eat When by Michael Roizen, Michael Crupain, and Ted Spiker

Diet on point? It’s time to think about when you eat, as well as what you eat. What to Eat When covers how the timing of your meals can affect everything from your weight to your energy levels to your heart health.

The authors share advice on how small changes to your diet — like eating bigger breakfasts and smaller dinners — can add up to big changes in your weight.

3. Fast. Feast. Repeat by Gin Stephens

You might have heard the term intermittent fasting. But what is it and can it really help you lose weight? Health coach Gin Stephens answers those questions in Fast. Feast. Repeat.

Stephens explains how fasting can help with fat loss, how you can get started, and how you can keep seeing results from this practice month after month.

4. The Metabolism Reset Diet by Dr. Alan Christianson

Ever felt like your weight is down to a slow metabolism? Naturopathic medical doctor and bestselling author Dr. Alan Christianson shares advice on how to speed it up.

The Metabolism Reset Diet outlines a four-week diet designed to heal your damaged liver, stimulate your metabolism, and help you lose weight.

Advice ranges from going on frequent short walks to eating a diet packed with liver-regenerating foods like onions, tomatoes, and soy.

5. How Not to Diet by Michael Greger

It’s hard to know what’s fact or fiction when it comes to weight loss methods. Doctor and bestselling author Michael Greger aims to be a voice you can trust.

In his book, How Not to Diet, Gregor shares science-backed advice on the best things for weight loss and your overall health. There’s also weight loss advice you might not think about, like the importance of accountability and getting enough sleep.

“Sleep deprivation tends to lead people to overeat by about 180–560 calories a day.”
Michael Gregor

Learn the Psychology of Lasting Weight Loss in 15 Minutes

Nothing is as important as consciously taking time for yourself. But learning all the information that goes into weight loss can take time.

That’s why the Blinkist team pulls the most useful information from nonfiction books and shares it in bite-sized explainers. You can get actionable advice, insightful studies, and the latest best practices all in about 15 minutes.

And the information shared on Blinkist is structured using proven neuroscientific research methods, making it all easy to understand and remember.

Beyond the books in the This is Weight Loss collection, you can explore curated reading lists around The Psychology of Weight and Healthier Dieting in 7 Days.

Discover 5,500 books in Blinkist’s ever-growing library.

Listen and Lose Weight on the Go

Want to learn about the best diet, but don’t have time to sit down and read? Or maybe you’re looking for something to listen to while getting your steps in or hitting the gym?

Blinkist’s explainers are available in audio form, so you can learn on the go and listen wherever you are.
And to ensure you’re always up to date on the latest weight loss advice, the team adds 70 new books each month to the app.

“When we started most apps were for social media or gaming. We wanted to do something different and build an app that would add genuine value to someone’s life.”
–Holger Seim, CEO of Blinkist

One of the World’s Best Apps for Making a Change

The hardest part of weight loss is often getting started. Once you know what you need to do, it’s time to start acting on that advice.

Take inspiration from Blinkist users who use the app to transform their lives. Blinkist found that 91% of users create better habits and 87% make positive changes, all thanks to what they learned on the app.

“There’s so much information in the world today, and it seems as if there is less time than ever before. Blinkist’s team of experts sifts through books for me to find the signal and avoid the noise.”
–Aidan McCullen, Athlete & Media Personality

25 Million Users Already Trust Blinkist with Important Topics

Getting advice you can trust is important for anything you do in life, but it’s even more important when we’re talking about health.

Blinkist enables its users to learn from bestselling nonfiction books, leading experts, and the latest scientific advice, all in a matter of minutes. WeightLossTweet

That’s just one of the reasons 25 million users already trust Blinkist with their learning, and they’ve given the app 94,000 5-star ratings across app stores.

“I have found this very useful for gaining meaningful knowledge from a wide range of books that I would probably not have had a chance to read. This app has top marks in my book!”
–5-star review.

Beyond millions of users, Blinkist is loved by the likes of The New York Times, Forbes, and Techcrunch, it’s won awards from Google and the United Nations, and Apple named it one of the top 20 apps for lifelong learning.

Want to kick-start your weight loss journey with advice that works? Download the Blinkist app to get started and check out the other titles in the This is Weight Loss collection.

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