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Read how these nutrition, exercise, workout and fitness books stack up against each other in ACE’s fitness book reviews. For each fitness book featured, read a summary about the book, specifications, the expert review including what we liked and what we didn’t like, where to buy, and also the user reviews. Have you read the book? Be sure to rate the item and leave your personal feedback for others to view. You can also conveniently share the fitness book reviews with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media sites.

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Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

This diet book was written to be a frank, "get real" approach for those who have tried without success to lose weight and keep it off. The authors include advice to readers such as what they must get rid of in their everyday eating: sugar first, followed by meat and dairy. A vegan lifestyle is recommended, and more than 75 vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking are provided. The authors address such topics as mental denial about bad food habits, and how to make responsible food choices without denying cravings and appetite.

Editors Rating:

$11.16 - $13.95
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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

In Spark, John J. Ratey, MD, addresses the mind-body connection, presenting new research in an effort to prove that exercise is truly the best defense against everything from mood disorders to ADHD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. He explains that the brain works just as muscles do-growing with use, withering with inactivity-and shows why getting your heart and lungs pumping can mean the difference between a calm, focused mind and a harried, inattentive self.

Editors Rating:

$15.74 - $16.00
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The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Live Like a Champion

This book, written by Atlanta Falcons record-holding tight end Tony Gonzalez and Mitzi Dulan, RD, includes recipes, strategies for adhering to a new diet and muscle-building exercises used by professional athletes.

Editors Rating:

$8.45 - $9.00
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An Apple a Day

In this book, author Joe Schwarcz addresses foods such as tomatoes, acai berries, curry and soy; additives like nitrites, artificial sweeteners, vitamins and fluoride; contaminants including pesticides, hormones, trans fats and dioxins; and what he suspects to be food or diet fads. Schwarcz contends there are no magical foods, but that a diet of mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products and moderation are key to good health.

Editors Rating:

$19.16 - $20.00
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The Athlete's Guide to Yoga: An Integrated Approach to Strength, Flexibility and Focus

This book was written to explain how the practicing yoga makes athletes better, with its emphasis on flexibility, balance and whole-body strength. It also discusses how yoga improves mental focus and endurance, which become especially important at the end of a training session or race. This book explains how athletes can see progress from just ten minutes of yoga each day. It includes 230+ color photographs of over 100 poses that target common areas of inflexibility and overuse; breath and meditation exercises; different types of yoga for each phase of training; recommendations for intensity and volume of yoga workouts throughout the training year.

Editors Rating:

$14.93 - $15.00
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101 Things to Do Before You Diet

This book is based on the premise that most women today are well aware that dieting and food deprivation is no way to lose weight. In this book, author Mimi Spencer shares tips, tricks, and solutions that finally helped her lose weight with the “anti-diet.” Spencer offers readers 101 ways to flatten a figure, from choosing the right fashion to staying away from fat traps and calorie pitfalls.

Editors Rating:

$16.31 - $17.00
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Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food

Every year childhood obesity rates continue to rise. In this book, the author and mother of three, “wages war” against sugars, packaged foods and other unhealthy foods, offering alternatives for parents who find themselves in the position of constantly choosing the fastest, easiest and least healthy options. The author also offers healthier versions of traditional recipes that kids love, soliciting help from a nutritionist and professional chef to develop a month’s worth of meals. The book also contains information on “big picture” issues surrounding childhood obesity and the long-term effects this has on the body.

Editors Rating:

$34.95 - $35.00
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Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Food psychologist and author Brian Wansink, Ph.D., shares his research on the hidden cues that determine eating behaviors in this book to demonstrate how and uncover reasons behind why we don’t realize how much we eat or why we eat, or what we eat and when.

Editors Rating:

$15.65 - $16.00
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LL Cool J's Platinum Workout

LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) co-wrote this book with authors Dave Honig and Jeff O’Connell to share the secrets of his physical transformation and inspire readers to enjoy working out. He includes examples of standard free-weight lifts, plyometrics, “fighters’” moves, calisthenics and endurance training, and describes four levels of fitness: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Editors Rating:

$11.18 - $12.00
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Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide

This book was designed to provide an insider’s guide to smart, healthy, low-cost food choices. From the produce section to the frozen-food aisle, the book claims that supermarkets are loaded with 50,000 food choices. The book sets out to uncover fake “healthy” foods and rip-off supermarket “bargains.” The book provides an illustrated guide to thousands of foods—along with the nutrition secrets intended to lead to fast and permanent weight loss.

Editors Rating:

$15.85 - $16.00
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Flat Belly Diet

This book is based on Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet! which identified food and attitude as the secret ingredients to targeting belly fat. Designed as a journal, the book includes a “4-Day Jumpstart Menu,” MUFA Serving Chart and “Flat Belly Workout Basics.”

Editors Rating:

$7.99 - $8.00
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10-minute Toughness: The Mental-training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins

This book discusses a three-phase system for athletes and competitors at all levels who want to achieve a winning state of mind. The author explains that exercising the mental edge is just as crucial for peak performance as physical training, and offers a five-stage daily workout that includes goal-setting activities and solution-focused tools which involve mental imagery, positive self-talk and controlled breathing.

Editors Rating:

$14.36 - $15.00
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The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start

This book was written to bring all of the secrets of The Biggest Loser into one’s home. The Biggest Loser experts—the same ones who advise the contestants—walk readers through a 30-day plan designed for weight loss and help build new, healthy habits. The book contains menus, recipes, exercise plans and motivational strategies for each day of the week.

Editors Rating:

$14.93 - $15.00
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Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-free Eating in the Real World

The author wrote this book with strategies in mind for dealing with restaurants, travel, cocktail parties, junk food and cravings. She aims to give dieters a breakfast-to-dinner approach to eating lighter with recipes which enlist low-cal substitutes for traditional ingredients.

Editors Rating:

$10.49 - $11.00
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Living Gluten-Free for Dummies (2nd Edition)

For individuals with a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, or who just want to enjoy the benefits of a diet free of wheat, barley and rye. Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, 2nd Edition offers step-by-step advice on how to make the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle, explains the possible medical problems associated with gluten, how to decipher food labels, and make smart choices when eating out.

Editors Rating:

$10.00 - $19.99
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One-Hour Workouts: 50 Swim, Bike and Run Workouts for Busy Athletes

Written by endurance coaches Mark Newton and Michael Jacques, and retired professional triathlete Scott Molina, One-Hour Workouts features 50 swim, bike and run workouts designed to fit into a lunch hour, including a warm-up and cool-down. Athletes can choose a base, tempo, or speed workout according to their training goals for the day.

Editors Rating:

$16.47 - $24.95
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Clean Food and Clean Start

Clean Food and its companion volume, Clean Start, provide easy-to-understand advice on how to eat closer to the source and benefit from choosing minimally processed, nutrient-rich, in-season, locally grown ingredients. Each book features relatively simple recipes featuring whole grains, vegetables, legumes, soy, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables, and fruit.

Editors Rating:

$25.00 - $30.00
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Sustainable Weight Loss: The Definitive Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight and companion Sustainable Weight Loss Workbook

Sustainable Weight Loss was written and published in 2011, to help people: (1) lose weight sensibly, and (2) maintain their body weight for life.  It is based on an easy to understand analysis of the latest scientific research (i.e. approx 1,100 citations) covering the fields of diet, exercise, genetics, hormones, psychology, motivation, and much more.  The last chapter is a "how to" guide giving readers the tools necessary for them to develop a high impact, personalized success plan.

The companion Sustainable Weight Loss Workbook is an expanded version of the book's final chapter with in-depth dialogue, charts, worksheets and plenty of room for journaling.  The workbook is used to not only walk the user through the decision-making steps required for them to successfully achieve their goal, but also to provide them with encouragement and a place to document their decisions.

Editors Rating:

$12.95 - $23.95
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Abbie Gets Fit

Abbie Gets Fit is the true story of one nine-year-old girl’s daily journey to fitness with her father. Motivated by a failed fitness exam at her school, Abbie and her father set out on a 6-month quest to improve her fitness levels and prepare for the next exam.

Editors Rating:

$6.95 - $14.95
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The Secret to Skinny: How Salt Makes You Fat and the 4-Week Plan to Drop a Size & Get Healthier with Simple Low-Sodium Swaps

The Secret to Skinny is a weight-loss book that identifies salt as the ingredient responsible for weight gain. This four-week plan includes recipes and meal plans that are designed to limit salt, reduce excess weight and increase metabolism.

Editors Rating:

$10.79 - $15.95
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How to Get Kids To Eat Great and Love It!

Who worries about heart attack risks in a four-year old, adult-onset type diabetes in a twelve-year old, or cancer risks from the food we eat? Well, perhaps we should be concerned. According to Dr. Christine Wood, the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can be significantly reduced through proper nutrition beginning in childhood. This book discusses health trends, how to instill lifelong healthy eating habits in our youth and outlines easy to implement tips for parents to encourage good nutrition from birth through adolescence.

Editors Rating:

$15.95 - $15.95
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The Food is My Friend Diet

What happens when the world of Ruth Frechman, nutritionist, and voice of moderation collides with the world of Jackie Fabulous, stand-up comic and lover of ice cream? Ultimately, this will be the first time you actually enjoy losing weight, while learning how to eat healthy and stop emotional eating forever.

Editors Rating:

$21.95 - $21.95
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The Slimnastics Workout book and DVD

Nicole Glor’s The Slimnastics Workout book and DVD is a fun and challenging at-home workout that will appeal to those who love yoga, but who also want the added benefits of cardio intervals. As Glor herself points out, this is not a workout for beginners and should only be attempted by those with a strong base of fitness.

Editors Rating:

$19.99 - $26.95
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Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful “Biggest Loser” of All Time

 One of the most successful contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser shares his time-tested fitness program, which has helped hundreds of his students lose thousands of combined pounds…and keep them off.

 

Editors Rating:

$17.16 - $26.00
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Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful “Biggest Loser” of All Time

One of the most successful contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser shares his time-tested fitness program, which has helped hundreds of his students lose thousands of combined pounds…and keep them off.

Editors Rating:

$17.16 - $26.00
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Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful “Biggest Loser” of All Time

One of the most successful contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser shares his time-tested fitness program, which has helped hundreds of his students lose thousands of combined pounds…and keep them off.

Editors Rating:

$17.16 - $26.00
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The Slimnastics Workout book and DVD

The Slimnastics Workout book and DVD (sold separately) combines cheerleading and gymnastics-style balancing, strength and cardio moves with yoga-based toning that requires no equipment other than your body weight. Each chapter is broken down into two to three toning moves with a one-minute cardio interval, with photos of each move. The DVD is not a traditional workout video, but offers demonstrations of each exercise and instructions on how to put together the intervals described in the book.

Editors Rating:

$19.99 - $26.95
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Lose it Fast, Lose it Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful "Biggest Loser" of All Time

One of the most successful contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser shares his time-tested fitness program, which has helped hundreds of his students lose thousands of combined pounds…and keep them off.

Editors Rating:

$17.16 - $26.00
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The ABCs of Fitness: An Alphabet Guide to Wellness

The ABCs of Fitness is an easy-to read book that answers general fitness and wellness questions via every letter of the English alphabet, from A to Z (for example, "B" stands for "breathing," "D" for "diets," "F" for "flexibility," etc.)

Editors Rating:

$19.95 - $19.95
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Frumpy to Fabulous: One Change a Week To a Healthier You!

Frumpy to Fabulous by Josette Puig is a motivational weight-loss book featuring 52 changes that people can make over the course of a year to lose weight and live more healthfully.

Editors Rating:

$9.99 - $9.99
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Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes by Tom Rath

 In Eat Move Sleep, #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath delivers a book that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom’s bestsellers on strengths and well being have already inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise.

Eat Move Sleep will help you make good decisions automatic—in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years.

 

Editors Rating:

$9.48 - $14.97
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