Keto, Paleo…Where Do I Go? A Look at Popular Diets for the New Year

2018 is upon us, folks. After spending months over-indulging on holiday sweets and starchy side dishes (*guilty*), the New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start with healthier eating habits, a dedication to fitness and an overall change in lifestyle.

Okay, so where to start? If you’re new to the world of healthy eating, it can be a little intimidating. There’s a new crop of buzzwords and diets to research (many end in –o, it seems), and choosing the right one for your needs and objectives is a big decision.

At Half Price Books, we’ve seen first-hand the impact these diets can have through various author events at our stores around the country, and 2018 is shaping up to be another busy year of visits from even more healthy-eating authors! If you’re resolving to change how you eat in 2018, we’d like to help by taking a closer look at the latest diets, and we hope to see you at an HPB author event soon!

whole30The Whole30 Diet
Whole30’s 30-day plan calls for cutting out sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy. Instead, the focus should be on whole foods: meat, nuts, seeds, seafood, eggs, fruits and veggies. There’s no calorie counting or weigh-ins, and after you’re done, you can revisit the restricted foods as long as you pay close attention to the results.

Pick up a copy of Whole30 founder Melissa Hartwig’s Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook at your local Half Price Books or at

engine2The Engine 2 Diet
Created by former Texas firefighter Rip Esselstyn, the Engine 2 Diet also advocates for whole foods, with a “plant-strong” focus and the restriction of meat, fish, eggs, dairy and processed foods. Health benefits include weight loss, lower cholesterol and a reduced risk of disease, as Esselstyn saw among his Texas firefighting crew.

Stop by an HPB store or shop to pick up a paperback copy of the Engine 2 Diet, as well as Esselstyn’s new Engine 2 Cookbook. In her review of Engine 2 Diet, HPB bibliomaniac Jennifer says “If a bunch of meat-loving Texans can walk this path, you can, too!

sugarThe No (or Low) Sugar Diet
This one hits me personally, as sugar is my #1 weakness. Surely I’m not alone, right? Some diet books focus on reducing sugar intake or cutting it out altogether, such as Gary Taubes’ The Case Against Sugar (now available at HPB stores and online) and Diane Sanfilippo’s The 21-Day Sugar Detox Daily Guide, a step-by-step walkthrough of how to cut out sugar and curb cravings.

If you’re interested in hearing more about killing sugar cravings, Diane Sanfilippo will be visiting several HPB stores as part of her #21DSDTOUR. Join us at the following locations:

HPB Kansas City – Friday, January 12 at 7 PM
HPB Mesa – Thursday, January 18 at 7 PM
HPB Flagship (Dallas) – Friday, January 19 at 7 PM
HPB North Oaks (Houston) – Sunday, January 21 at 3 PM

ketoThe Ketogenic (Keto) Diet
Focusing on high-fat, medium-protein and low-carbohydrate consumption, the keto diet trains the body to use fats for energy rather than carbs. Benefits of the keto diet include weight loss and relief from certain diseases/health conditions.

For authors Suzanne Ryan (Simply Keto) and Kyndra Holley (Keto Happy Hour: 50+ Low-Carb Craft Cocktails to Quench Your Thirst—on sale February 20, 2018), switching to a ketogenic diet resulted in significant weight loss and a new way of life. Come meet Suzanne and Kyndra at these upcoming events at Half Price Books stores!

Suzanne Ryan:
HPB North Oaks (Houston) – Thursday, January 25 at 7 PM
HPB Mesa – Wednesday, January 31 at 7 PM

Kyndra Holley:
HPB North Lamar (Austin) – Tuesday, February 20 at 7 PM
HPB Montrose (Houston) – Wednesday, February 21 at 7 PM

Other Recommended Keto Titles:
Keto Essentials – Vanessa Spina
The Keto Diet Cookbook – Leanne Vogel

paleoThe Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet
Odds are, you’ve probably heard of this one…or you’ve tried it yourself…or you know someone who has. But for those who don’t know, the concept of the paleo diet centers around eating foods that could have been consumed during the Paleolithic era. It’s also sometimes called the caveman diet.

Vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and meat are paleo-approved, whereas processed foods, dairy, grains and sugar are not. Benefits include improved body composition and metabolic effects.

If you want to know more about paleo and you live in the Kansas City area, come to HPB Kansas City on Friday, January 12 at 7 PM. Liz Wolfe, author of Eat the Yolks, will stop by with Diane Sanfilippo (see above) to discuss healthy eating.

Other Recommended Paleo Titles:
Practical Paleo – Diane Sanfilippo
The Healing Kitchen – Alaena Haber & Dr. Sarah Ballantyne
 Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook – Juli Bauer

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018, everyone!

Jason is the Email Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

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