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Bestselling diet books 2012 all year – USA and UK

USA bestselling diet books 2012

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition #1 – Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman
A healthy eating and weight loss diet book that advises eating a plant-based (vegan) diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods and low in fat.
No animal or dairy products, processed foods, or oils.
This book sold well throughout the year, peaking in early summer.


 #2 – Wheat Belly by William Davis
A healthy eating and weight loss diet book that advises eating a gluten-free, whole foods, moderately low-carb diet.
No wheat or other gluten-containing foods, no grains, no processed or sugary foods. (This is similar to paleo diets).
This book sold well throughout the year, peaking in late summer 2012.


#3 – Forks over Knives (the original book and the cookbook, both with multiple contributors)
A plant-based (vegan), whole-foods, low-fat healthy eating and weight loss diet book with recommendations that have a lot of similarities to Eat to Live.
The original book sold well through fall 2012, when the cookbook was released and replaced it as a top-seller.


The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results #4 – The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results by Mike Moreno
A 4-phase weight-loss diet:
(1) high lean protein and high vegetable, low carb, low fat, low processed food
(2) alternating between phase 1 days and days with additional natural starches
(3) more carbs and less protein
(4) same as phase 3 but with more flexibility on weekends.
The book was a top-seller in 2011 and sold well until fall 2012.


#5 – The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! by Mark Hyman MD
A book about reducing the risk of “diabesity,” the continuum from optimal blood sugar balance toward insulin resistance and full-blown diabetes.
It recommends natural foods and moderate amounts of low-glycemic-load carbs for life, and avoiding dairy and gluten during the program to allow the gut to heal.
The book was a hit from spring to late summer 2012.


The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term HealthHonorable mention – The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
A healthy eating and weight loss diet book that advises eating a plant-based (vegan) diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods and low in fat.
This book, which influenced the other plant-based bestselling diet books Eat to Live and Forks over Knives, was regularly at or near the top of the charts through spring 2012.


Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle Honorable mention – Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo
A book prescribing a paleo diet to protect against and treat a number of different medical conditions and for general healthy eating.
Eat what our ancestors may have eaten (no grains, legumes, processed foods), with a few early-agricultural tweaks and specific guidelines for different medical conditions.
This book was released at the end of summer and has been a regular bestseller since then.


The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Honorable mention – The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever by Pierre Dukan
A 4-phase weight loss diet:
(1) eat only lean protein
(2) alternate lean-protein-only days with protein and vegetable days
(3) add fatty meats and small amounts of unprocessed carbohydrates, plus one celebration meal a week
(4) no restrictions 6 days a week, one day a week pure protein.
This bestselling book from last year continued to sell well through early spring 2012, with some showing in the summer as well.


The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin Honorable mention – The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin by Bob Harper
A weight loss diet book which encourages readers to eat vegetables, proteins especially fish, high-fiber foods including whole grains, apples and berries, and monounsaturated oils
Avoid processed foods, fatty foods, and chemicals.
This book sold well in spring-summer 2012.


The USA bestsellers were sampled through the year from amazon.com, and checked against the New York Times bestsellers list.

UK bestselling diet books 2012

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever #1 – The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever by Pierre Dukan
A 4-phase weight loss diet:
(1) eat only lean protein
(2) alternate lean-protein-only days with protein and vegetable days
(3) add fatty meats and small amounts of unprocessed carbohydrates, plus one celebration meal a week
(4) no restrictions 6 days a week, one day a week pure protein.
This book started the year as one of the bestselling books of all types in the country, and slowly moved down the chart until dropping out of the top 100 in summer 2012. The Dukan Diet Life Plan and The Dukan Diet Recipe Book also sold well at the beginning of the year.


Hairy Dieters #2 – Hairy Dietersby The Hairy Bikers
A low-fat, low-sugar weight loss book.
This book was released in late summer 2012 as one of the top selling books in the country, and continued to do well in the charts until the end of the year; it looks like it will continue to be a bestseller into 2013.


Clean and Lean Diet: 14 Days to Your Best-Ever BodyClean & Lean Diet Cookbook: With a 14-day Menu Plan #3 – Clean and Lean Diet: 14 Days to Your Best-Ever Body (and Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook: With a 14-day Menu Plan) by James Duigan
A healthy eating and weight loss diet book that advises readers to limit carbs and sugars.
This book and the companion cookbook were popular from winter to early summer 2012.


Veg: River Cottage Everyday Honorable mention – Veg: River Cottage Everyday By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
This vegetarian cookbook was the top-selling book related to a dietary restriction in the UK this year, outselling The Dukan Diet over the course of the year


Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner Honorable mention – Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel
This advice and meal plan book for babies and toddlers outsold Hairy Dieters and The Clean & Lean Diet over the course of the year


The UK bestsellers were sampled through the year from amazon.co.uk.

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