During the first few months of the year, we can always count on a new crop of diet books popping up on shelves. Maybe their authors are banking on our obsession with New Year's resolutions, or perhaps they know that living each year in the healthiest way possible tops so many of our to-do lists. Either way, it seems there are more diet books than ever being written to target certain groups. Read on for a few of our recent favorites.
The Happiness Diet
This book explores the link between how we eat and how we feel. Happiness is biological, and in order for our brains to fire on all cylinders, they must be properly nourished. Authors Tyler G. Graham and Dr. Drew Ramsey teach readers simple changes that can make a big difference in their mental state. The book includes food lists, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, a "happiness" food pyramid, and other useful tools to lose weight and keep the blues at bay.
The Petite Advantage Diet
Author Jim Karas makes the thoughtful assertion that not all women are built the same, and those who are petite - 5-foor-4 and under - should follow a different diet and exercise program than taller women. He intelligently argues that the ways in which petite women lose weight are different from their full-sized counterparts and then offers unique, tailored solutions. The book also includes exercises, weekly food plans and recipes.
The Physique 57 Solution: The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body
($25.99, Grand Central)
Fitness regimen Physique 57 has developed a cult following, with classes filling up fast and celebs such as Kelly Ripa singing its praises. Now, co-founders Tanya Becker and Jennifer Maanavi bring the plan to everyone with a book that outlines how to combine the program's interval training, isometric moves and stretches to lean out. The book also includes meal plans and shopping lists.