3 Books You MUST Read During Your Weight Loss Transformation


You’re going to cook healthy stuff that tastes like stale butt, and resort to eating a pizza.

You’re going to question who you are without the spare tire.

You’re going to have days where quitting, throwing your shit on the floor, and walking out the gym door feels like the right thing to do.

That’s what the super-hot personal trainer and their 100k Instagram followers won’t tell you.

No matter how much science — of the evidence-based, bro, or pseudo persuasion — you apply to your weight loss transformation, it will NEVER work if your heart isn’t in it.

Because getting in shape is non-linear. When you look at someones weight, it doesn’t consistently drop by 1–2 pounds every week. Some weeks you’re down 3, other weeks you’re up 2.

But the important part is having the heart, the resilience, and the self-love necessary to get through that week where you’re up a pound, or to have the humility to remember that

If you’re just starting your transformation, or wondering what’s stopping you from reaching the ‘next step’ in your transformation, these books need to get poll position in your reading list.

1. Loving What Is by Byron Katie


This book made me laugh, cry, and forgive myself.

Just make sure to get the audiobook, listen to it and HEAR what she’s saying.

Everyones takeaways will be different, because the power isn’t simply in the words that Byron Katie speaks.

It’s in their application to your life.

Get it here.

2. Resilience by Eric Greitens


This book is, by far, my favorite book of all time. It’s comprised of a series of letters written by the author to his friend Walker who is a fellow Navy SEAL and recently was diagnosed with PTSD.

When we talk about resilience, we often are referring to a product like rubber. Something that is resilient can take a significant amount of hardship and still return to it’s origional shape.

But humans are different.

We go through hardship, and we change. Many crumble, become cynical, or let their frustration carry into other parts of their lives.

Some — but not all — will become stronger, more agile, more focused. Those are the resilient few.

What does it take to become resilient?

If you’re transforming your body — it will not be without it’s speed bumps.

You’re going to need to practice resilience, and this book is the best place for you to start.

Get it here.

#3 Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday


“People learn from their failures. Seldom do they learn anything from success.” When you’re at your lowest low, these words offer encouragement. But when we’re at a high point (i.e. when you start creeping closer to reaching a weight loss goal) these words offer an important perspective:

It’s easy to become convinced of your own greatness; when you reach a new low weight, you may start to think that it’s permanent. You can stop working out as often and you can let the bad habits back in — at least a few of them — without worrying about it. Right?


Very wrong.

In fact once you’ve hit a weight loss goal, you should treat maintenance with the same focus on consistency that is required to lose it in the first place.

Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is The Enemy provides teachings from philosophers like Socrates, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius alongside modern day examples of ego — or the lack thereof — playing a huge part in the success or failure of an individual.

Get it here.


Read these three books. You won’t regret it.

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