The Diet Detective: 6 Top Health Books and Authors

Get Smart: Samantha Heller's Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health

(Johns Hopkins University Press)
By Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., C.D.

From the publisher: "Heller's Nutrition Prescription plan considers each person's habits, budget, and food preferences when making lifestyle recommendations.

Raised on white rice and beans? Switch to brown rice instead. Can't afford fresh Atlantic salmon? Canned salmon will do just as well. Fresh vegetables unavailable at the neighborhood bodega? Frozen are just as nutritious.

Heller's unique, user-friendly approach is based on the most current scientific and medical research, while her food lists, meal plans, substitutions, and recipes are easy to follow.

Heller links the benefits of good nutrition to healthy brain functioning, explaining how readers can improve memory, focus, mood, mental clarity, heart health, psychological well-being, and energy levels—all through a healthy diet and regular exercise."


This is a creative and inspirational guide to eating better.

About the Author

Samantha Heller is a dynamo. She loves nutrition education, her voice is powerful and she and has a thorough understanding of the topics she discusses.


The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan: Feel Full on Fewer Calories

(Quill, 2000)
By Barbara Rolls Ph.D. and Robert A. Barnett

From the publisher: "Emphasizing the difference between high-energy-dense foods (including pretzels and other low-fat snack foods that are easy to overeat) and low-energy-dense foods (like fruits and vegetables, soups and smoothies, which have a higher water content), Rolls and Barnett show readers how to increase food volume without adding calories.

This is the core concept in a book that offers a systematic new approach to weight control based on the science of satiety, the study of hunger, and its satisfaction."


This is really a classic. And what a fabulous concept. Eat low-calorie foods in volume and be full for life. It works; just try it.

About the Author

Dr. Barbara Rolls is a nutrition researcher from Pennsylvania State University and an outstanding authority on nutrition and dieting. Her research focus is on how to eat filling foods and stay full.


The Diet Detective's All-American Diet: Lose Weight with the Foods You Already Love to Eat from Your Favorite Supermarket and Restaurant Choices

(Rodale, 2011)
By Charles Platkin

From the publisher: "Significantly less expensive, more accessible, and infinitely more practical than convenience eating programs like Jenny Craig or NutriSystem, The Diet Detective's All-American Diet operates according to the same proven principles of portion control, behavior change, and proper nutrition for effective weight loss.

The book gives readers a mix-and-match, Build-a-Meal program that shows them how to pick their breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack from lists of thousands of popular brand-name foods available anywhere. It's that simple: Readers can simply go to the supermarket and start shedding pounds."


Yes, I wrote it, but I really love this concept for people who are having trouble losing weight and are confused by all the mixed nutrition concepts out there.
About the Author

I'm a syndicated columnist, nutrition advocate and assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City.


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