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Half the battle for getting in shape and staying in shape is learning some of the best practices. There’s lots to take in when studying the research that’s been done on weight loss in particular. There are some myths that have been debunked and some new strategies for eating well, and all you have to do is read about them. Below are some new books on the market for learning about healthy foods and the science of staying fit.

The Secret Life of Fat by Sylvia Tara: In an engaging, easy-to-read work of pop fiction, Sylvia Tara offers a new perspective on the organ we call fat, its purpose in the human body, and answers to common questions. She addresses the genetic components of fat, the reason it’s hard to keep fat off once it is on, and some scientific inquiries into ways to “trick” your mind into eating better. Tara pulls together daily observations and peer-reviewed studies to help readers understand the truth behind fat and how to manage it.

Real Food, Fake Food by Larry Olmsted: Self-described foodie Larry Olmsted walks readers through some personal anecdotes and scientific research about the authenticity (or lack thereof) of much of the food we consume in America. He claims that not only are US consumers being deceived, we often miss out on important health benefits by eating “fake food.” After taking the reader through the truth behind certain foods, Olmsted offers some solutions to making sure you purchase only real food and the ways your body will thank you.

Smart Fat by Steven Masley and Jonny Bowden: Despite the common thinking that fat and bad are synonymous in food, our bodies need us to take in some very important lipids, but in moderation. In this book, the pair demonstrate to the reader that there is a difference between good fats and bad fats, as well as the benefits of making sure that your diet contains the proper balance. Fats matter from the molecular level right up to your mood and emotions.

Food, Health, and Happiness by Oprah Winfrey: Lately, Oprah has been encouraging her followers to be more mindful of their weights, specifically as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, one of the most successful weight management programs. To keep up her momentum, she’s now published a book that addresses the intersection of what you eat and how you feel, both emotionally and physically. Her recipe book helps readers not only become more healthy, but enjoy it along the way.

Vitamania by Catherine Price: America is obsessed with vitamin supplements and protein shakes, but we’re still some of the most obese and least healthy of developed nations. In her book, Price helps readers understand why we’re so obsessed with vitamins compared to what our bodies chemically need according to long-term scientific studies. Being able to sift the noise from the truth helps readers figure out what they need to eat and what commercials they’d be better off ignoring.

 

Gut by Giulia and Jill Enders: A cheeky look into the inner workings of the stomach and intestines, Gut helps readers understand exactly how what we eat goes from food to forms useful to our bodies and microbial dwellers. Research has shown that our personal microflora can influence a variety of health parameters. With a better understanding of how that function goes down, readers can make more informed decisions about what to eat, when to eat, and how to make good choices for their own inner environment.