These best self-help books are excellent. It's amazing how much value there can be in an inexpensive but well-chosen book.
We highly recommend these particular books. We have read them all and have each one in our own collection.
The books range from health, fitness, and lasting weight loss to flourishing emotionally, spiritually, morally, and financially.
Our list of self-help books is divided into six sections.
If you are primarily interested in physical health or lasting weight loss, start with the books listed in the first section.
We cover a number of topics related to lasting natural weight loss on this website, which has over 150 different pages.
Consult any of the following books for self-help.
As previously indicated, we only recommended books that we consider the very best. We have read them all!
Most of these books are available at
(for the USA) and Amazon.co.uk (for the UK).
Best self-help books for weight loss and well being
Wright, A. & Bradford, D. Belly Fat Blast: How to Lose Stomach Fat Fast Without Hunger!
Bradford, D. E. Compulsive Overeating Help: How you can stop Food Cravings, Food Addiction, or Emotional Eating in 6 Simple Steps!
Bradford, D. How To Eat Less -- Easily!
Bernstein, R. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution 
Evans, W., & Rosenberg, I., Biomarkers
Ivy, J., & Portman, R. Nutrient Timing
Loehr, J., & Schwartz, T. The Power of Full Engagement
Pollan, M. The Omnivore's Dilemma
Challem, J., Berkson, B., & Smith, M. D., Syndrome X
Barrett, D. Waistland
Sears, A. P.A.C.E
Allan, C., & Lutz, W. Life Without Bread
Bennett, C., & Sinatra, S. Sugar Shock!
Bortz, W. Dare to Be 100
Lauren, M. & Clark, J. You are Your Own Gym
Braly, J., & Hoggan, R. Dangerous Grains
Cordain, L. The Paleo Diet
Audette, R. & Gilchrist, T. Neanderthin
Crane, P. The Ultimate Fat Burning Diet
Crook, W. Tired So Tired: And the Yeast Connection
Crook, W. The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough
Crook, W., & Dean, C., Crook, E. Yeast Connection and Woman's Health
Smith, M. Going Against the Grain
Eades, M., & Eades, M. Protein Power
Eades, M., & Eades, M. The Protein Power Lifeplan
Hamer, D., & Copeland, P. Living with our Genes
Heller, R., & Heller, R. The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program
Heller, R., & Heller, R. The Carbohydrate Addict's No-Cravings Cookbook
Holman, S., & Lawson, J. X-Treme Lean
King, I., & Schuler, L. The Book of Muscle
Mackarness, R. Eat Fat and Grow Slim
McRobert, S. Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great
Randolph, T. An Alternative Approach to Allergies
Ross, J. The Diet Cure
Schlosser, R. Fast Food Nation
Smith, M. Going Against the Grain
Standord, C. The Hunting Apes
Venuto, T. Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle
Venuto, T., & Benson, J. Fit Over 40
Wansink, B. Mindless Eating
Wolf, R. The Paleo Solution
This completes the best self-help books for weight loss or improving physically.
Best self-help books for emotional well-being
Since emotional overeating can be a serious problem, learning how to understand and dissolve negative emotions can be a very important aid in achieving lasting natural weight loss.
Bradford, D. How to Survive College Emotionally
Goleman, D. Emotional Intelligence
Hayes, S. et al. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Jeffers, S. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Larson, J. Depression Free, Naturally
Lazarus, R., & Lazarus, B. Passion and Reason
LeDoux, Joseph. The Emotional Brain
Ross, Julia. The Mood Cure
Seligman, M. What You Can Change ... And What You Can't
Solomon, R. The Passions
Best self-help books for spiritual well-being
Please don't confuse being spiritual with being religious. These books have no direct relation to religion; instead, they are about spiritual practices, which are breathing practices. Having an effective spiritual practice is necessary for emotional well-being, which is necessary to avoiding emotional over-eating.
Begley, S. Train Your Mind Change Your Brain
Buddha, The. In the Buddha's Words (Selected, translated, and introduced by Bhikkhu Bodhi.)
Buddha, The. Basic Teachings of the Buddha (Glenn Wallis, ed. & tr.)
Buddha, The. The Dhammapada (Glenn Wallis, tr.)
Carlson, R. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... And It's All Small Stuff
Csikszentmihalyi, M. Flow
Gallwey, W. T., The Inner Game of Tennis
Hagan, S. Buddhism Plain & Simple
Herrigel, E. Zen In the Art of Archery
Kapleau, P. The Three Pillars of Zen
Kasulis, T.P., Zen Action Zen Person
Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching (J. Star, tr.)
Leonard, G. Mastery
Loori, J. D. Involking Reality
Loori, J. D. Riding the Ox Home
Matthews, A. Follow Your Heart
Suzuki, S. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Taylor, J. B. My Stroke of Insight
Tolle, E. A New Earth
Tolle, E. The Power of Now
Unknown. The Bhagavad Gita (E. Easwaran, tr.)
Unknown, The Upanisads (E. Easwaran, tr.)
Best self-help books for intellectual well-being
There's a seemingly endless number of books that will enable you to improve your understanding about topics directly or indirectly related to lasting natural weight loss. The following best self-help books are all very readable and require no high degree of formal education. Except for the work by Nagarjuna (which we included because it is so excellent), none are difficult to understand.
Abram, D. The Spell of the Sensuous
Bandler, R. Using Your Brain for a Change
Bradford, D. The 7 Steps to Mastery
Butler, G, & Hope, T. Managing Your Mind
Descrates, R. Discourse on Method
Diamond, J. Collapse
Diamond, J. Guns, Germs, and Steel
Dimnet, E. The Art of Thinking
Gleick, J. Chaos
Gonzales, L. Deep Survival
Hedges, B. Read and Grow Rich
Helmstetter, S. What to Say When You Talk to Yourself
Koch, R. The 80/20 Principle
Maltz, M. Psycho-Cybernetics (1st ed.)
McWilliams, P., & John-Roger. You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought
Nagarjuna. The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (J. Garfield, tr.)
Norretranders, T. The User Illusion
Plato, Apology and Gorgias
Pritchett, P. Hard Optimism
Prochaska, James O., et al., Changing for Good
Seligman, M. Learned Optimism
Stevenson, L., & Haberman, D. Ten Theories of Human Nature (3rd ed.)
Zweig, C., & Abrams, J., eds., Meeting the Shadow
Best self-help books for moral well-being
These books are primarily about interpersonal relationships. It takes a lot of skill to have excellent interpersonal relationships. Relationships with other people are difficult! Some of the following best self-help books are very concrete while others are more theoretical. All are very interesting as well as useful and readable.
Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics
Bennett, W. J. The Book of Virtues
Blanton, B., Radical Honesty
Brown, M. Stone Soup
Butchvarov, P. Skepticism in Ethics
Carnegia, D. How to Win Friends & Influence People
Chapman, G. The Five Love Languages
Cohen, H. Negotiate This!
Cohen, H. You Can Negotiate Anything
Dali Lama, The, The Art of Happiness
Fein, E., & Schneider, S. The Rules
Fisher, B. Rebuilding
Giblin, l. How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People
Giblin, l. Skill With People
Hazo, R. The Idea of Love
Koch, P. Solitude
Lieberman, D. Get Anyone To Do Anything
Miller, G. The Mating Game
Moore, G. E. Principia Ethica
Pease, B. & A. Why Men Don’t Listen and Woman Can’t Read Maps
Singer, I. The Nature of Love
Spence, G. How to Argue and Win Every Time
Sulloway, F. Born to Rebel
Best self-help books for financial well-being
We include these best self-help books because, sometimes, people struggle with being able to afford the right kinds of food or with finding the time to exercise. Increasing your financial wealth will give you more options. Since there are many different kinds of opportunity available for doing that, these books cover a range of different opportunities. We recommend picking just one that well suits you and mastering it.
Abraham, J. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got
Bayan, R. Words That Sell
Biehl, B. Stop Setting Goals if You Would Rather Solve Problems
Bly, R. Become a Recognized Authority in Your Field in 60 Days or Less
Buckingham, M. & Clifton, D. Now, Discover Your Strengths
Burg, B. Endless Referrals (3rd ed)
Burg, B. The Only Prospecting Guide You’ll Ever Need
Burg, B. Winning Without Intimidation
Caples, J. Testing Advertising Methods (5th ed.)
Cialdini, R. Influence (4th ed)
Coonradt, C. The Game of Work
Eker, T. H. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
Fox, J. Don’t Send a Resume
Fox, J. How to be a Rainmaker
Fox, J. Secrets of Great Rainmakers
Friedman, T. The World is Flat
Gerber, M. The E-Myth Revisited
Getty, J. How to Be Rich
Goldstein, A. So Sue Me!
Godin, S. Unleashing the Idea Virus
Hall, C. Timing the Real Estate Market
Herlitzer, M. Comedy Writing Secrets
Hill, N. Think & Grow Rich
Hoffer, E. The True Believer
Hopkins, C. My Life in Advertising & Scientific Advertising
Johnson, S. Who Moved My Cheese?
Kennedy, Diane. Loopholes of the Rich
Kennedy, D. Big Mouth Big Money
Kennedy, D. How to Make Millions with Your Ideas
Kennedy, D. No B.S. Business Success
Kennedy, D. No.B.S. Marketing to the Affluent
Kennedy, D. No B.S. Sales Success
Kennedy, D. No. B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs
Kennedy, D. The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing
Kennedy, D. The Ultimate Marketing Plan
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. Before You Quit Your Job
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. The Business School for People Who Like Helping People (2nd ed)
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. The Cashflow Quadrant
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. Real Estate Loopholes
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. Rich Dad Poor Dad
Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing
Klaver, K. If My Product’s So Great How Come I Can’t Sell It?
Laborde, G. Influencing with Integrity
Lechter, M. Protecting Your #1 Asset
Leeb, S. The Coming Economic Collapse
Levitt, S., & Dubner, S. Freakonomics
Lindahl, D. Emerging Real Estate Markets
Meisenheimer, J. The 12 Best Questions to Ask Customers
Misner, I., & Devine, V. The World’s Best Known Marketing Secret
Pilzer, P. The Next Trillion
Pink, D. A Whole New Mind
Poynter, D. Self-Publishing Manual
Rackham, N. S.P.I.N. Selling
Sanders, T. Love Is the Killer App
Schwab, V. How to Write A Good Advertisement
Schwartz, D. The Magic of Thinking Big
Singer, B. Sales Dogs
Smart, B. Topgrading
Stanley, T., & Danko, W. The Millionaire Next Door
Sutton, G. Own Your Own Corporation
Tracy, B. Something for Nothing
Tracy, B. The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success
Trout, J. Differentiate or Die
Williams, R. Secret Formulas of the Wizard of Ads
Young, J. A Technique for Producing Ideas
We encourage you to make it a habit to read for at least 20 or 30 minutes daily high quality books like these from our list of best self-help books.
We are able to confirm what many others have discovered, namely, that doing so will, over time, have a powerful beneficial effect upon the quality of your life.
It's impossible to keep putting yourself in touch with excellent ideas for living better without trying some -- and some that you try will work well for you.
Top Seven Best Self-Help Books for Fat Loss
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