I just received a copy of the new book: Stop Dieting and Start Losing Weight by Jen Brewer. It’s a cute little book that can easily fit into your briefcase for your next business trip, or be tucked into your purse where you can pull it out and sneak some chapters in while you’re waiting for your child’s sport practice to finish up.

This is one thing I like about the right diet books – just reading them may be just the inspiration you need to get started on a path to better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle. If you are already on your way to losing weight and improving your choices, then reading a book like this can also help you stay on track.

Of course, you read the title of this: Stop Dieting. This is the premise of the book, and often where people get hung up – they are convinced that they must “go on a crash diet” to lose weight. With the plethora of diet aides, television commercials, and “Hollywood-sponsored diets” hitting the tabloids every week at the nearest checkout counter, it’s no wonder folks are drawn toward the quick fix idea. As Jen states at the beginning of her book:

“Stop dieting. Start Eating. Start eating in a way that helps your body become the healthy, strong body you want.”

I couldn’t agree more.

The book is divided into four sections covering the dilemma of the diet mentality, the basics of weight management, a “toolbox” of 25 tools and tips to help you change your lifestyle (my favorite tip: “Face your stuff, don’t stuff your face”), and a section showcasing real-life success stories. There’s also a nice appendix that includes sources of important nutrients, a meal planner, and some simple snack recipes.

So if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration to keep you on track for your 2013 health and diet goals, consider adding this little book to your toolbox (you can also use my Calorie Counter Journal For Dummies® to track your goals and keep track of your food and exercise goals).