Top 12 Best Diet Books for Health and Happiness

Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds or completely revolutionise your diet, there are plenty of exciting diet and lifestyle books that can help you change the way you eat and live. Some of our favourites are listed below, featuring everything from low-calorie comfort food to gut-healing guides.

1. The Sirtfood Diet

Aidan Goggins & Glen Matten

If you're looking to lose weight fast, this is the healthy and nutritious way to do it. Using heavenly ingredients like dark chocolate and coffee, these specially-designed recipes activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called "skinny gene" pathways in the body - the same ones activated by fasting and exercise. They help the body burn fat, increase muscle and improve health quickly, as well as give you more energy!

2. The Hairy Dieters

Hairy Bikers

Having lost 6 stone between them, the Hairy Bikers will show you how you can be both a food-lover and a healthy eater with this brilliant cookbook. Their tasty recipes are wonderfully nutritious and healthy, yet filled with flavour. This is a book featuring real food and wholesome dishes that satisfy, just without the calories.

3. Deliciously Ella Every Day

Ella Woodward

Healthy eating sensation Ella Woodward follows up her bestselling first cookbook with this fantastic, time-saving tome, filled with plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes that fit seamlessly into everyday life. She provides innovative ideas for quick weekday dinners, slow-cooked comfort food, vibrant salads, food on the go and much more.

4. Comfort Food without the Calories

Justine Pattison

Perfect for keeping cravings at bay, this book will show you how to cook all your favourite feel-good foods the healthy, low-calorie way! From fluffy fruit pancakes for a scrumptious breakfast to Thai red chicken curry for a delicious dinner, cravings will be a thing of the past with this wonderfully indulgent yet guilt-free cookbook.

5. The Sunshine Diet

Shelina Permalloo

MasterChef champion Shelina Permalloo offers an assortment of scrumptious, satisfying yet healthy recipes in this beautiful cookbook! Shelina's nutritious recipes, inspired by her exotic holidays and Mauritian heritage, feature easy-to-follow instructions and a calorie, sugar and fat count for each portion. Particular favourites include Steamed Hake with Wasabi, Soy and Ginger, Baked Moroccan Eggs, Make-ahead Banana Bread and an Orange Blossom and Rose Creme Brulee delicious!

6. Lean in 15

Joe Wicks

Instagram sensation Joe Wicks shows that there's no need for an expensive gym subscription with this incredible bestselling book, with which you can quickly lose weight and get fit from home! It's packed with 15-minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy for life. Enjoy lots of delicious, nutritious meals and take on Joe's signature High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) home workouts and you'll see results in no time.

7. Eat. Nourish. Glow.

Amelia Freer

Healthy eating expert Amelia Freer focuses on holistic health in this beautiful, brilliant book. She reveals the 10 steps to living well and shares over 25 tempting recipes. She also explains how to detox store cupboards, reveals the dangers of hidden sugar, and shows how to eliminate wheat from your diet. Enjoy a Crunchy Crab Salad for lunch, a delicious dinner of Monkfish with a Broccoli and Ginger Mash, and scrumptious Salted Caramels for a tasty treat.

8. Low-GI Vegetarian Cookbook

Rose Elliot

In this essential vegetarian title, Rose shares the secrets of the healthy vegetarian and low-GI lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight or start eating well to live longer, she offers essential advice whatever your goal. With inspiration from Mediterranean and Far Eastern cuisines, she combines organic vegetables with fresh herbs, spices, beans and grains to make revitalising, delicious, yet accessible dishes. With mouth-watering photography, anyone - vegetarian or not - will enjoy this inspiring cookbook.

9. Four Seasons Cookbook

Slimming World

Enjoy a wide variety of dishes using seasonal ingredients with this exciting cookbook. During autumn and winter, feast on souffled jacket potatoes and roasted soy duck breasts; in spring and summer, delight your tastebuds with broad bean and lemon risotto and pan-cooked skate with bacon. Indulge all year round with delicious, light desserts, like chocolate, coffee and cognac mousse, blackberry and pear crumble and so much more. These fresh and nutritious dishes are sure to please.

10. The Food Doctor

Vikki Edgson & Ian Marber

This bestselling title uses the latest research to create fresh, inspiring recipes and give you all the information you need to improve your health and wellbeing. It introduces simple foods with amazing healing qualities, lists the top 100 foods for health, vitality and happiness, and shows you exactly what to eat to improve your mood and energy levels. Moreover, discover which foods aid concentration or help to relieve conditions like insomnia, eczema, migraines, hayfever and arthritis.

11. Fat-Free Indian

Shehzad Husain & Manisha Kanani

This exciting collection of authentic, delicious, no-fat and low-fat Indian recipes is perfect for those who want guilt-free but flavoursome dishes. Relish the aromatic flavours of India without the fat, with more than 850 stunning step-by-step photographs. Enjoy all your favourite Indian dishes, including Beef Madras, Chicken Korma and Prawn Curry, and create scrumptious side dishes including breads, rice, salads, relishes and chutneys.

12. The Skinnytaste Cookbook

Gina Homolka

Healthy eating needn't leave you unsatisfied and craving, as shown by this brilliant book! Create 150 skinnified versions of hearty yet healthy dishes with these flavourful recipes, complete with nutritional information. Whip up banana-blueberry pancakes for just 259 calories, enjoy a steak sandwich for only 350 calories, and feast on Mongolian beef and broccoli for just 256 calories! You could even indulge afterwards with a Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie - low in sugar, butter-free, and guilt-free, too.

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    Joe Wicks
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    An Instagram sensation, Joe Wicks' 90-Day Shift, Shape and Sustain programme has helped over 20,000 people lose weight and achieve new levels of fitness already - and there's much more to come!

    Lean in 15 is a book full of 15-minute meals and workouts to keep you lean and healthy for a long time to come. As well as the 100 easy-to-prepare meals are examples of Joe's signature High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) home workouts.

    A tasty and physical way to find a new, healthier you.
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    Rose Elliot
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    Ahead of its time, the hardback of this book (titled Fast, Fresh and Fabulous) was much more than a collection of recipes from Britain's most respected vegetarian author. It offered inspiring, mouth-watering dishes that also had a low GI rating. Now available in an updated paperback format, Rose shares the secrets of healthy vegetarian and low-GI living. She gives essential information on living as a healthy vegetarian or vegan, whether you want to lose weight, feed your baby or start eating well to look younger and live longer. Inspired in particular by Mediterranean and Far Eastern cuisine, she combines an abundance of organic vegetables with fresh herbs, exotic spices, beans and grains to produce simple, delicious, energizing dishes. Rose also gives ideas for menu-planning, whether it's for fast, afterwork meals, or celebratory dinner parties. Beautifully illustrated with over 50 stunning recipe shots, this book will inspire and delight vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and those wanting to follow a low-GI diet.
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    Slimming World
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    There's a wealth of wonderful fresh food produced on our doorstep, but how many of us really make use of it? In fact, how many of us actually know what's produced and when? Well, the people at Slimming World have made it easy, and this fantastic new book offers a wide variety of seasonal dishes that make use of ingredients at the appropriate time of year. Now you can simply turn to the section dealing with spring, summer, autumn or winter and find something to cook that makes use of readily available ingredients at the peak of freshness. During the cold, dark days of autumn and winter, what could be better than warming borscht, souffled jacket potatoes, roasted soy duck breasts or spiced bean stew with feta?As the days get longer and warmer you can feast on lighter dishes, such as baked egg timbales, pan-cooked skate with bacon, broad bean and lemon risotto, asparagus with minted couscous or any of the delicious salads. Of course, desserts haven't been forgotten. You can indulge yourself with treats such as chocolate, coffee and cognac mousse, blackberry and pear crumble, gooseberry fool, or orange and saffron cake, secure in the knowledge that these, and all the other recipes in the book, are healthy, delicious, absolutely in season and all part of Slimming World's highly successful Food Optimising programme.
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    Ian Marber
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    This is the newly revised and updated edition of the best-selling and ever-popular 'The Food Doctor', which has sold over half-a-million copies worldwide. With the latest research, new and inspiring recipes and a new chapter on vegetarian and vegan eating, this invaluable guide will provide all the information you need to improve your health and wellbeing. Packed with nutritious advice, it introduces simple foods with amazing healing properties, gives the definitive list of the top 100 foods for health, vitality and happiness, and shows exactly what to eat to improve your energy, mood and stress levels. There are numerous small changes that you can make to your diet which make a real difference to how you feel. Along with hundreds of nutrition facts you'll discover which foods aid concentration, what can boost your energy or make you sleep better, and how to alter your diet to help with common ailments such as eczema, migraine, hayfever and arthritis. Including, with its expert but practical advice, case studies and 'food cures', health tips and delicious recipes, 'The Food Doctor' will help you to improve your mood and appearance, reduce your stress levels and boost your energy.
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    Amelia Freer
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    After helping Grammy award-winner Sam Smith lose weight and live a healthier life, Amelia Freer can now help you with her good-living book Eat. Nourish. Glow.

    A nutritional therapist and healthy eating expert, this book focuses on holistic health and reveals the 10 steps needed to live well, alongside over 25 enticing recipes. As well as all this, Amelia states how to detox store cupboards and restock with alternatives; reveals the dangers of hidden sugar in food that we all eat; and shows how to dump wheat from your diet.

    Among the recipes included in the book are ideas for lunch including Crunchy Crab Salad, main meals like Monkfish with a Broccoli and Ginger Mash and even Salted Caramels for a sweet treat.

    A perfect complement to the likes of Deliciously Ella and I Quit Sugar, this book will help you lose weight, look great and feel so much better!
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    Justine Pattison
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    COMFORT FOOD WITHOUT THE CALORIES takes all the hassle out of cooking your favourite feel-good food, the low-cal way. In the WITHOUT THE CALORIES series, bestselling recipe writer Justine Pattison's 123 Plan provides an easy-to-follow approach to your daily meals. Each calorie-counted recipe has been triple tested, with tips and ideas to enhance your low-cal cooking experience, plus additional nutritional information to suit any diet regime.
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    Ella Woodward
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    Ella Woodward follows up her bestselling cookbook Deliciously Ella with Deliciously Ella: Every Day - a book full of healthy recipes that are designed to fit into today's hectic lifestyles.

    Packed with more than 100 of Ella's plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free recipes, this book has ideas for quick weekday dinners, slow-cooked comfort food, colourful salads and ideas for when you're on the go. There are also ideas for breakfasts, smoothies, sweet treats and soothing drinks.

    The book also features the top ten rules for living the Deliciously Ella way!
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    Aidan Goggins
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    Fancy losing 7lb in 7 days? You should try the revolutionary Sirtfood Diet!

    With Lorraine Pascale, Jodie Kidd and Sir Ben Ainslie amongst those who champion the new diet, the recipes included in this book are both easy to make and delicious to eat.

    Compiled by nutritional experts, the book's recipes make use of ingredients like dark chocolate, coffee and kale - foods that activate sirtuins and switch on the so-called 'skinny gene' pathways in the body (the same ones commonly activated by fasting and exercise, meaning they help the body burn fat, increase muscle and improve health).

    Destined to help you lose weight, gain in energy and to help make your health glow, the recipes here switch on all the fat-burning powers you need.
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    Gina Homolka
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    Too often when dieting or trying to cut back, dinner times leave you feeling hungrier than before: the portions too small, the food too bland and boring. Gina Holmolka's Skinnytaste Cookbook offers the perfect solution - 150 flavour-full, skinnified versions of family favourites and hearty yet healthy dishes to suit every preference. With nutritional information available for every recipe, you'll find slimmed down options for each meal of the day that you'd swear are anything but. Try banana-blueberry pancakes for breakfast at just 259 calories; nab a steak sandwich for lunch for only 350, and round off your day with Mongolian beef and broccoli for an amazing 256. You can even wash it down with a Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie that's low in sugar and butter-free, but still totally indulgent. As a busy mother of two, Gina started her internationally acclaimed blog Skinnytaste when she was struggling to find enough tempting recipes to support her through her Weight Watchers program. Instead she started "skinnifying" her favourite meals so that she could eat happily whilst still cutting down. The Skinnytaste Cookbook is the culmination of her remarkable efforts to keep the taste but ditch the fat - now you can eat the food you love AND lose weight at the same time.
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    Shelina Permalloo
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    MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo provides a selection of delicious recipes that will keep you full while helping you keep fit!

    Full of Shelina's favourite healthy recipes that have been inspired by her exotic holidays and Mauritian heritage, the cookbook is full of easy-to-follow instructions for delicious dishes that helped her lose 3 stone! Each recipe even comes with a calorie, sugar and fat count for each portion.

    Full of home-made, whole food packed with flavour, among the highlights are Steamed Hake with Wasabi, Soy and Ginger, Baked Moroccan Eggs, Make-ahead Banana Bread and an Orange Blossom and Rose Creme Brulee.