Diet and Weight Loss Memoir Books I've Read and Workout DVDs I Own or Have Done

Diet and Weight Loss Memoir Books I've Read

This is a list of diet books and weight loss memoirs that I've read and/or own. I plan to talk about them and review them with time so keep checking back in! Also, they are all linked to Amazon so you can easily check them out of you'd like!

Weight-Loss Memoirs:

Half-Assed - Jennette Fulda

Chocolate & Vicodin - Jennette Fulda (more of a chronic pain memoir)

Designated Fat Girl - Jennifer Joyner

My Other Body - Ann Pai

Read My Hips, How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting and Live Large - Kimberly Brittingham 

enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle-Pointer  - Jessica Berger Gross

703 - Nancy Makin

Diary of a Fat Housewife - Rosemary Green

Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster 

Fat Chances - Erin Shaw

Confessions of a Carb Queen - Susan Blech 

The Weight-Loss Diaries - Courtney Rubin

Moose - Stephanie Klein

Passing for Thin - Frances Kuffel 

Eating Ice Cream With My Dog - Frances Kuffel - Sequel (used to be called Angry Fat Girls)

Feed Me, Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight and Body Image (many writers)

Finally Thin - Kim Bensen

Secrets of a Former Fat Girl - Lisa Delaney

Underneath the Flesh - A. Gallagher-Mearns 

Obese From The Heart: A Fat Psychiatrist Discloses - Sara L. Stein

Losing It: My Journey of Losing 150 Pounds in a Year with the Gastric Sleeve - Anne Andrews

Finished Being Fat: An Accidental Adventure in Losing Weight and Learning How to Finish - Betsy Schow

Hungry: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin by Allen Zadoff - Allen Zadoff

I'm With Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks by Edward Ugel 

The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir by Dara-Lynn Weiss

I'm Not the New Me Paperback - Wendy McClure

Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head - Jen 

Suddenly Skinny: A Weight Loss Survival Guide Paperback – Freya Taylor

Shredding My Losses - Jennifer Seville 

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl – Shauna Reid

Fat Boy Thin Man Paperback – Michael Prager

Thin Is the New Happy Paperback – Valerie Frankel 

Feed Me!: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image Paperback – Harriet Brown

Diet/Healthy Eating Books:

Intuitive Eating Paperback –  Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything Paperback – Geneen Roth 

French Women Don't Get Fat Paperback – Mireille Guiliano

If I'm So Smart Why Can't I Lose Weight: Tools to Get It Done - Brooke Castillo

The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – Lisa R. Young 

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite Paperback by David A. Kessler

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food - Susan Albers

The French Don't Diet Plan: 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life - Dr. William Clower 

Lose It!: The Personalized Weight Loss Revolution Paperback - Charles Teague 

Goodbye, Fatty! Hello, Skinny! How I Lost Weight And Still Ate The Foods I Loved-Without 
Dieting - Kim Rinehart

Normal Eating for Normal Weight: The Path to Freedom from Weight Obsession and Food Cravings 
- Sheryl Canter

Workout DVDs I Own or Have Done

This is a list of workout DVDs that I own/have tried. This list includes DVDs I've done but don't own at this time, what kind of workouts these are and what workout level they are for. I'm hoping to add as time goes by and they are all linked to Amazon so you can easily check them out of you'd like!

Crunch Candlelight Yoga - beginner with modifications for more

Crunch Burn and Firm Pilates - 48 Minute Cardio and Toning Full Body Workout

Crunch Total Resculpt - 45 Minute Upper and Lower Body Workout (no longer own)

Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Walk It Off in 30 Days” - toning/cardio ~ beginner/intermediate

Leslie Sansone Just Walk: 5 Mega Miles” with toning band - cardio/toning ~ intermediate/advanced
mile 1 - classic low impact
mile 2 -  walk and tone
mile 3 - speed intervals
mile 4 -  strength intervals
mile 5 - ab walk

Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Ultimate 5 Day Walk Plan” - cardio ~ intermediate/advanced
Monday: 3 Mile Walk
Tuesday: 4 Mile Walk
Wednesday: 1 Mile Walk
Thursday: 2 Mile Walk
Friday: 5 Mile Walk

Leslie Sansone 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk” - cardio – intermediate/advanced

Leslie Sansone Just Walk: Belly Blasting Walk” - cardio/toning – intermediate/advanced
2 Fast Miles
Targeted Waist Slimming Session

Leslie Sansone Walk Your Way Thin: Punch Up Your Walk” - 4 mile walk with weighted gloves

Leslie Sansone You Can Do Pilates” - toning/pilates – beginner

Leslie Sansone Burn Body Fat & Sculpt Your Arms” - cardio/toning
1 mile - beginner/intermediate
2 miles - intermediate
3 miles – intermediate/advanced

Leslie Sansone 5K With a Twist” - cardio – intermediate

Leslie Sansone Ultimate Collection” - cardio/toning - beginners/intermediate
1 mile get up and get started
2 mile brisk walk
3 mile advanced walk
4 mile super challenge

Leslie Sansone Walk Slim 5 Really Big Miles” - cardio/toning – intermediate/advanced

Leslie Sansone 3 Mile Slim & Sleek Walk” - cardio/pilates

Leslie Sansone Fat Burning Miles” - cardio/toning - intermediate
power mile
walk strong
walk and jog
walk and kick

Leslie Sansone Just Walk - Walk Off Fat Fast” - cardio - beginners/intermediate/advanced
20 Minutes Easy Walk
30 Minutes Big Burn
40 Minutes Super Burn

Denise Austin HTS 10-5 Minute Target Toners” - toning – 10 mini workouts intermediate

Denise Austin Personal Training System” - toning– 10 workouts beginner/intermediate

Denise Austin Get Fit Fast” - Toning – 9 workouts beginner/intermediate beginner/intermediate

Denise Austin Shrink Your Fat Zones Pilates" – toning/pilates – 3 workouts beginner/intermediate

Denise Austin Body Makeover Mix” - toning – 3 workouts - intermediate

10 Minute Solution Pilates” - toning – 5 workouts beginner/intermediate

10 Minute Solution Pilates Perfect Body” - toning/pilates - 5 workouts intermediate/advanced

10 Minute Solution Yoga” - toning/yoga - 5 workouts intermediate

10 Minute Solution Tighten and Tone Pilates” - toning/pilates – 5 workouts intermediate

10 Minute Solution Target Toning for Beginners” - toning – 5 workouts beginner

10 Minute Solution Slim & Sculpt Pilates” - toning/pilates - 5 workouts intermediate/advanced

10 Minute Solution Yoga for Beginners” - toning/yoga - 5 workouts beginners

10 Minute Solution  Rapid Results Pilates” - toning/pilates - 5 workouts intermediate

10 Minute Solution Pilates for Beginners" – toning/pilates -  5 workouts beginner/intermediate

10 Minute Solution Kickbox Bootcamp” - cardio/toning - 5 workouts intermediate

10 Minute Solution Tone Trouble Zones” - toning – 5 workouts intermediate

"Kathy Smith "Lift Weights to Lose Weight"- toning - 3 workouts  intermediate/advanced

Kathy Smith Super Slimdown Circuit” - cardio/toning - beginner/intermediate
Secrets of a Great Upper Body
Secrets of a Great Lower Body
Peak Fat Burning

Tamilee Webb I Want That Body” – toning –  3 workouts beginner/advance combo

"Ellen Barrett Live: Sleek Sculpt Express" - beginner/intermediate

Self Ultimate De-Stress Yoga” - yoga - beginner

"Self Magazine's Bikini Ready Fast" (no longer own)

Exhale Fusion 30 Day Sculpt” - toning – 30 workouts intermediate

The Method Pilates Target Specifics” - toning/pilates – 4 workouts intermediate/advanced

V & N Bellydance Arms, Abs, Hips, Buns & Thighs” - cardio/toning/bellydance – beginner/inter

Jenna BellyDance Basics and Beyond” - bellydance

Bellydance Fitness for Weight Loss” - toning – 5 workouts beginner/intermediate

Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout” - toning/ballet – 6 workouts intermediate

Ballet Beautiful Body Blast” - toning/ballet – 4 workouts beginner/intermediate

Element Ballet Conditioning” - cardio/toning/ballet – intermediate

Gaiam Tone With Ten” - toning/yoga – 10 workouts intermediate/advanced

“Gaiam Qigong” - energy – beginner (no link)

“Gaiam Yoga for back Care” - yoga/relaxation (no link)

Wai Lana Yoga” - toning/yoga - beginner

Forza Samurai Sword Workout” - toning/cardio


  1. very cool! I'd love to try a barre class- haven't been on a barre since high school/dance classes. I've been hearing a lot of great things and appreciate your thoughts on the class vs. DVDs!

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  2. Maria,
    Hi! I have never tried a class because they don't offer them around here and due to various injuries haven't even tried the DVDs yet but if I had a choice I would definitely start with a class! In your case though, you said you've done barre in high school so you're already ahead of me, I've never had any dance at all, so you might already have a better idea of what you're doing. Let me know what you decide and how it goes!!

  3. There are a lot of books there! Have you ever read Fat Girl by Judith Moore? A very good one. There are more out there than I realized!!

  4. Felicity, I have read that one but it was more of a memoir than a weight loss/diet memoir so I didn't include it. I need to update my list though because I've read more since I made it!

  5. Thank you! I've actually read several more since making this list so I need to add them on.

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