Whether you've resolved to hit the gym more often, up your veggie intake, or cook at home instead of hitting the drive-thru, chances are, you've made some sort of diet-related New Year's resolution. To help you on your path to healthy eating (with the possible benefit of a little weight loss), we've selected four of this season's most helpful diet cookbooks. These books have a little something for everyone, the carb-lover, Atkins addict, the point-counting Weight Watcher and the wheat-averse.
The plate of pasta that graces the cover of The Carblovers Diet Cookbook doesn't exactly look low-cal, but the recipes within call for foods rich in resistant starch, a "subercarb that supresses appetite, boosts metabolism and zaps stress." The book is filled with never-feel-hungry recipes from the likes of Gail Simmons and Wolfgang Puck. We have to say it sounds pretty appealing, especially when you figure that mac n' cheese is A-ok on this diet.
On the opposite end of the carb spectrum, we have The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook, an updated look at the famous low-carb diet. With a focus on quick prep and accessible ingredients, it goes beyond steak and salad to include vegetarian mains, low-carb desserts and eggless breakfast ideas (even pancakes!) that are sure to please the Atkins set.
With all of the limitations of dieting, cooking is sometimes the last thing you feel like tackling, especially after tallying all those points. That's why we're loving the newly-released Weight Watchers One-Pot Cookbook. Using woks, pressure cookers, slow cookers, casseroles and skillets, the one-pot idea here is varied enough to keep your point-valued meals exciting as well as tasty. If you ask us, Provencal Lamb with Tomatoes, Onions and Olives followed by Fallen Chocolate Cake hardy sounds like typical Weight Watchers fare.
If you're looking to cut out gluten for health reasons or weight loss, take a look at Elizabeth Hasselbeck's Delciously G-Free. Instead of going without her favorite foods, Hasselbeck adapted them to fit her gluten-free diet. The book includes comfort foods like fried chicken, brownies and lasagna as well as lighter "Get Fit" recipes.