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The Top 100 (ish) Weight-Loss Diets


As promised in the last post, which dealt exclusively with the #1 Weight Loss Diet Book today, I’m going to attempt to look at the remaining 99 books in the top 100.  I won’t showcase all of them, but I will definitely name them for you and provide you links to them.  I haven’t yet read the list, but I just wanted to tell you in advance that I’m expecting to see at least three trends:

  1. Achieve your goal in X Number of Days! diets
  2. Follow X Steps to Lose Weight! diets
  3. Eat These X Amazing Foods! diets.

Of course, there should be much more than these.  I will point them out as I find them.

Ready to dive in?

The Top 20

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Well, that didn’t take long! 10 Days to “cleanse” and “detox” with blended drinks.  Sounds like fun!  No, literally, I mean it.  I think it would be fun to try.  I can just about promise you it won’t be enough to lose the weight you need to lose, nor to keep it off, but it should definitely get you started on the right foot.

One of the most popular reviews had this to say: “This cleanse is NOT a diet / quick fix / weight loss program…. [It] will NOT change your eating habits if you don’t make a mental change.”

Agreed!  If you’ve ever wanted to try juicing (or, it seems these days, blending) to see how it results, this book is the most popular of its kind (and it’s in the top 100 of ALL books on Amazon, at the moment).  Please just remember that you MUST incorporate far more permanent goals into your plan, or this will be just another diet book gathering dust on your shelf (if you still have a shelf, that is—else, it’ll just be taking up storage space on your Kindle).

Note: once again, this book competes with like a zillion books out there having virtually the same title.  If you want to be sure to get the right book, click on the pic and you’ll be okay.

The Whole 30 [Something Something]: So this book is kicking even more sales a$$, it’s #27 out of all books today. D*mn, some people know how to market! Anyone who’s read my book and has an idea or two to share on how to achieve something resembling this: please be in touch.  I’ll cut you the most generous deal….

Back to the book: I’m actually quite curious to know what these authors’ philosophy is.  I’m worried about the “30 Day” thing, but I’m still curious.

But I have this review to write, and I’m literally not even 3% done, so I’d better pick up the pace.

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight The first sentence of the description contains “Lose up to 30 pounds in 4 weeks–all through the fat-burning power of food”.

Yes, you read that right.   The fat-burning power of food.  The fat-burning power of FOOD.  Not the fat-burning power of self-control, not the fat-burning power of exercise, not even the fat-loss-motivating power of making good choices and seeing the results the next morning on the scale.  Because why?  Because the fat-burning power of eating LESS won’t sell as well?

Yes, that’s exactly why.  Anyone who is looking to eat MORE food in the hope that it will make them weight LESS … will never learn what it takes to weigh less.

Sure, there are many, many foods that are better for you, and eating less isn’t the only factor.  But this just reeks of BS pseudo-science intended to lasso and fleece the people who can’t stand the thought that getting healthy and fit requires sacrifice.  People have been writing quack “science” books like this for decades.  And the world keeps getting fatter.

Eating to try to “rev up your metabolism” is roughly as effective as using your credit card to pay off your debt.

Yikes, this is taking too long

So I’m only on to #5 of 100.  This is a problem, and it’s taking too long.  From now on, I’m writing only about those books that really seem to need a comment.  Oh yeah, and I’m stopping at #20, not #100.  Sorry, but not sorry.

FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL: Adventures in the Weight-Loss Game

By a guy named Vinnie (whose last name is almost “Torture”) who needed help writing (no, seriously, whenever you see a “with” or “as told to” credit, it means that a professional writer took the person’s story and turned it into a book—not that there’s anything wrong with that; just know that if you ever find that the author “really speaks to you”, don’t be disappointed if ever you get to speak to the real person).

Judging from the comments, guys who like to yell while getting ripped like it, along with others who found it inspiring for the mindset portrayed.  Maybe it’s right for you.

Eat Clean, Stay Lean: 300 Real Foods and Recipes for Lifelong Health and Lasting Weight Loss

By the editors of Prevention Magazine (“with”—there’s that word again—somebody having letters after her name to lend authority to the book)

Hold on, hold on, hold on here … so you mean to tell me that the #13 book, out of ALL books being sold today, is a recipe book?  That shows vegetables on its attractive cover?!?  As if eating produce to lose weight is some kind of revelation?!?

Surely the reason it’s doing so well is because it contains such groundbreaking information as this, and it’s changing the way the world views food and diet, and not because Prevention gets to advertise this book for free all day long in the magazine’s own pages.

Sorry, I’m done

I really meant it earlier when I said I hadn’t looked at the books before commencing this article.  I thought it would be as simple as making a list, and saying, “Hi There!  This is what I noticed about the top 100 weight loss diet books today!”

I came into this with no agenda.  Some pre-conceived notions, sure, but not an agenda.  I hope you can see that, as evidenced by the first book mentioned in this article, I was willing to give credit where credit is due.

Problem is, I just can’t take any more of this.  It’s too depressing.

Please allow me to ask:

Did a recipe book ever give you lasting change?

Did a 7, 10, 14, 22, or 30-day plan teach you what it takes to live a life of fitness and health?

Have you ever felt hopeless, trying all the “popular” health ideas of the day, and never quite seeming to be able to lose the weight and become the best version of you?

The problem isn’t necessarily you: it may be those who are trying to profit from you.

There are two ways to be slender and fit:

  1. Win the gene pool lottery and be born that way; or
  2. Sacrifice

The real you is slender and fit.  Maybe not the current you, but definitely the real you.

If you are willing to do some soul-searching and some honest confession of your faults, along with being willing to confess that it’s not all your fault (especially as the most popular sources of “advice” are so often useless in the long run)—if you have these two things, and a willingness to learn, and a willingness to embrace the idea that weight loss is HARD frigging WORK, but that it CAN become easier, and that weight maintenance through mature but simple choices CAN become a habit, and that you are ready, really ready this time, to become your best self and to meet the slender, beautiful you that is hiding beneath your current disguise:

You, my friend, will become a victor.

You’re already well on the way there.

Parting words

If anything said here intrigues you, stay and poke around this website. It’s far from complete, and it’s all over the place, but if you read what’s here, and you take it all into consideration, you will likely learn a thing or two.

Want to know more?  Need some more concrete advice?  Please, leave a message below, or in a forum.

Or, if you can find a day or two to really escape your current frame of mind, and to immerse yourself in a story that will probably change how you think about dieting and weight loss, and which will show you what the journey from fat to fit can look like, and, more importantly, which will give you a taste of what lasting victory and success feel like …. well, like I said.  Keep poking around this site.

Haha you thought I was going to plug my book, didn’t you?  Nah.  This is about you.

So please let me know how I can help.



About Alyssa (57 Articles)
Author of The Real You Is Skinny (the cult weight-loss book) and several professional publications which have been well received but would bore you to death, Alyssa Dahl loves writing about health and weight loss. Since writing TRYIS, she certified as a Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner and decided that this website needed to happen. She also occasionally says silly things on Twitter (@AlyssaMDahl) and loves to answer questions and comments---so please leave one below!
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1 Comment on The Top 100 (ish) Weight-Loss Diets

  1. FWIW, I’ve tried the Whole30. It was a great way to shift the focus of my diet more from grains to vegetables and proteins. It didn’t completely change my habits, though — it’s still a struggle to make healthy choices at every meal.

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