Nonfiction Previews, December 2013, Pt. 1: Six Books for Improved Fitness

American Heart Association. American Heart Association Go Red for Women Cookbook. Clarkson Potter. Dec. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780385346214. $22.50; ebk. ISBN 9780385346221. COOKBOOK
The American Heart Association (AHA) celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Go Red for Women campaign, aimed at improving women’s health, with a cookbook featuring 200 easy-on-time, easy-on-the-heart recipes for everything from drinks to brown-bag lunches. The campaign boasts 3.5 billion media impressions annually, from YouTube to Twitter, and the powerful AHA will obviously be promoting the book, so take note.

Better Homes & Gardens. Eat Well, Lose Weight: More than 500 Easy & Healthy Recipes. 3d ed. Better Homes & Gardens, dist. by Houghton. Dec. 2013. 544p. ISBN 9781118541944. $29.99. COOKBOOK
This is the third edition of a binder-format classic that offers not only recipes but information on things like portion control and has sold more than 1.6 million copies in previous editions. The title is still up for grabs (and will in fact be market-tested), so keep your eyes peeled.

Blum, Esther. Cave Women Don’t Get Fat: The Paleo Girl’s Diet for Rapid Results. Gallery: S. & S. Dec. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9781476707693. $24.99. FITNESS
The Paleo movement encourages us to adopt the lifestyle prevalent in Paleolithic times, which includes eating the sort of diet that cavemen ate—lots of lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and nuts but no bread (and definitely no pastries and cappuccino), not available before the emergence of agriculture. Holistic nutritionist Blum tells us how to do it, starting with a two-week detox.

Kresser, Chris. Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan To Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life. Little, Brown. Dec. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780316322898. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316322898; lib. ISBN 9780316365765. FITNESS
Yet another book on the Paleo diet, testimony to how hot it’s becoming. It may be great to eat like cavemen, but since we’re not cavemen (or cavewomen), integrative medicine practitioner Kresser recommends a few adjustments to the concept, with the Paleo diet as baseline. He also offers tailored programs based on body type, genetic makeup, and health issues. Catch his Huffington Post column.

Reno, Tosca & Billie Fitzpatrick. The Start Here Diet: Three Simple Steps That Helped Me Transition from Fat to Slim…for Life. Ballantine. Dec. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780345548016. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780345548023. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. FITNESS|
Change your lifestyle: that’s how you’re supposed to lose weight. But multimillion-copy best seller Reno suggests that you do it gently, working through small steps: figure out the emotional issues that keep you eating, identify the problem foods, and add small movements to your routine (she offers 50 examples) to help dump the extra pounds. Media master Reno will get the word out; expect demand.

Venuto, Tom. Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: A 30-Day Plan to Shed Fat, Get Lean, and Transform Your Body for Good. Crown. Dec. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780804137843. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804137850. FITNESS
Originally a self-published ebook, grabbed by the big guys when it made waves, this work explains how to maximize fat loss through nutrient timing and strategic exercise. (You’ll have to read the book to understand what that means.) Health and fitness writer Venuto, who holds degrees in exercise science and membership in numerous sports medicine societies, revised the text completely, and 25 percent of the material is new.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.