From Soup to Guts: 5 New Diet Plans Ready For Investigation

As creatures of habit, we inevitably promise ourselves come January that we’ll hit the gym, lose a few pounds and make earnest strides toward all our healthy goals. Anecdotally, we’re in the month of abstinence—and from food to booze to money, we’ve tightened our collective belts. Diet books of old traditionally, and almost exclusively, relied on calorie counting and calisthenics as their core tactics in battling the bulge. But if you’re collapsing under the weight of all those restrictions, fear not! New iterations in the oeuvre rely on increasingly specific yet exotic rationales (think: blood types, ancestor diets and wheat intolerance) to help you make palatable plans to drop some weight and improve your health—all in less time than it takes to form a new habit. Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox: Reprogram Your Body for Rapid Weight Loss and Amazing Health by William Davis
If you suspect the evolution of the human lifestyle—from hunting and gathering to eating all the bread and drinking all the beer—is affecting your health and waistline, Wheat Belly emperor Davis has the strategy for you. His quick grain detox comes complete with an array of carefully considered meal plans, dietary supplement suggestions, yoga poses and all the information you need to remove excess gluten, improve your health and cinch your belt a few notches. Happy Gut: The Cleansing Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Eliminate Pain by Vincent Pedre
We’ve all been told at one time or another to trust our gut. Well, as it turns out, it’s responsible for much more than helping us make good decisions. Pedre’s Gut C.A.R.E. Program (that is, cleanse, activate, restore and enhance) provides vegetarian, low-fat and gluten-reducing meal options (such as Raspberry Recharge, Go Green and Matcha Energizer smoothies) to help you lose weight, clear your skin and vanquish bloating and seasonal allergies. The Soup Cleanse: A Revolutionary Detox of Nourishing Soups and Healing Broths From the Founders of Soupure by Vivienne Vella and Angela Blatteis
Cleanses have long been popular, because while you’re earning the irresistible reward of doing something “good” for your body, you’re also getting the added bonuses of beautiful skin, increased energy and a reduced waistline. Or so we’ve heard. The Soupure ladies figured these cleanses, which usually consist of cold juices and few calories, could instead be warm and nutritious. The Soup Cleanse contains delicious recipes (Roasted Red Pepper, Minestrone and Spring Pea) and detox plans at various levels. Soup’s on! Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook by Marco Canora
If you’re ready to expand beyond (or just supplement) juice fasts and soup cleanses, you may be ready for Brodo. Chef Canora looked to traditional remedies to improve his health and overall well-being when he started experimenting with bone broths. His efforts led to the successful New York City restaurant Brodo. Its eponymous book includes a number of recipes (Mushroom and Seaweed Brodo Bowl, Duck Brodo Bowl), as well as tips on choosing the right cuts of meat, sourcing ingredients and containers, and integrating bone broth as a base for other tasty meals. Tiny and Full: Discover Why Only Eating a Vegan Breakfast Will Keep You Tiny and Full for Life by Jorge Cruise
Supporters tout veganism’s health benefits, but the lifestyle changes and maintenance can be daunting to consider. Cruise’s new book offers the appealing, manageable approach of simply eating (and reaping great benefits from) a vegan breakfast, followed by balanced meals incorporating animal protein—and it still allows for your favorite snacks. Tiny and Full also features a “commitment contract” and day-by-day planning charts, encourages selfie taking and adds some fun variations to the traditional diet plan. Featured Photo by Jennifer Schmidt on Unsplash