If you’re looking for a few good books on health and fitness, you won’t go wrong with any of these. I don’t claim to have read all the most important books in this area, but these are a sampling of books I’ve read and profited from, my list of ten best books on health and fitness.
1. Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week, by Doug McGuff, M.D., and John Little. The science of weightlifting.
2. Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, by Samuel Wilson Fussell. An underrated, hilarious classic by Paul Fussell’s son.
3. Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat, by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet. Great tour de horizon of the authors version of paleolithic eating.
4. The Paleo Manifesto, by John Durant. Excellent explanation of why a paleo lifestyle makes sense.
5. The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance, by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney, M.D. Low-carbohydrate eating for athletes.
6. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Nina Teicholz. Shows why the government-sponsored low-fat diet craze has been a fraud-filled disaster.
8. The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman, by Timothy Ferris. Enjoyable read filled with eclectic ideas.
9. Targeted Hypertrophy Training, by Mark McManus. This one’s a freebie, get it by clicking the link and signing up. Best weightlifting training book I’ve read.
10. Best Supplements for Men’s Health, Strength, and Virility: A Concise, Scientific Guide to Maintaining Youth, Vigor, and Manhood, by P. D. Mangan. In my not-so-humble opinion, no man should be without this book, whose title is self-explanatory.
If you think there are others that I should know about, please leave your candidate(s) in the comments.