As my book, Weight Loss, God’s Way continues to increase in popularity and is now in its fifth edition, I recognize that there are many other books out there that can also help Christians who struggle with their weight.
Today, I’m highlighting some of the books that I’ve read, as well as others, that have come highly recommended. I’m a big believer that there is no ONE book, program, or system that can meet all of your needs—there’s always something you can learn. Books are a great place to start your health and weight loss journey, but eventually, you will need other tools that include accountability and ongoing monitoring.
Though the Bible doesn’t specifically talk about weight loss, there are numerous passages that talk about food, dietary practices, gluttony, discipline, self-control, eating clean food, cooking food, and specific foods.
Christian authors have taken these Biblical passages and created meal plans, diets, and weight loss programs to help people lose weight. If you’re looking for program based on biblical solution to weight loss, please check out these best Christian weight loss books. Each of these Christian authors has struggled with weight issues and wanted to share what has worked for them, hoping to help others achieve victory over food and weight the way they have.
Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God’s Way – The Proven 21-Day Weight Loss Devotional Bible Study
Weight Loss, God’s Way is not a how-to book. Rather, it is a 21-day weight loss devotional Bible study that teaches you spiritual truths regarding your weight loss journey. Through the 21 daily devotional readings and exercises, you’ll learn the patterns that have kept you in bondage and the spiritual truths that will set you free. The book helps you shift your focus so that weight loss comes naturally through devotion to God and self-love rather than through endless diets that lead to self-loathing. Part of Cathy Morenzie’s immensely popular, multi-award-winning Healthy by Design series of devotional weight loss books.
Science is starting to indicate that our thoughts and eating habits have a deep and complicated relationship. While our thoughts affect our food choices, digestive health, and brain health, many of us don’t give much thought to food beyond how it tastes and its basic nutritional content. In Think and Eat Smart, Dr. Caroline Leaf provides a wealth of information that will help you change your thinking and eating habits for the better. Dr. Leaf recognizes that every person is an individual and has unique needs. Instead of advocating for one specific solution, she shows you how you can change your thinking to impact your health. This book will help you develop a healthier mind, body, and spirit.
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life
One afternoon when Pastor Rick Warren was baptizing people, he realized he needed to change. He announced that he needed to lose weight to his congregation and asked if anyone wanted to join him on his journey. Research indicates that two people who are trying to get healthier together lose twice as much weight as people who attempt to do it on their own. The Daniel Plan is meant to be done within a supportive community and focuses on how faith, friends, food, fitness, and focus are connected. Meal plans and exercise options are provided in the book to help you on your weight loss journey.
Trim Healthy Mama Plan
Based on Biblical principles, Trim Healthy Mama will help you empower your entire family to shed weight and become healthier. The authors, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, based Trim Healthy Mama off of trial and error and research. The plan advocates eliminating sugar from your diet by offering delicious alternatives to sugary foods. The authors show you how to use food to boost your metabolism. They offer food choices that fit into any hectic mom’s lifestyle. The plan is family-friendly and nutritionally sound for pregnant and nursing women, men, children, and individuals without any health or weight problems. You’ll find meal plans, a list of superfoods to eat, pantry stocking tips, time-saving tips, and lifestyle advice in this book. You’ll also find recipes for every meal, snacks, and desserts, as well as exercise plans. There are even exercise plans for pregnant women.
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study
Taste for Truth allows you to focus on the Bible and health at the same time. This book is a guided Bible study that will help you shed the lies that lead to overeating and put-on the truths that will help you want to eat with self-control. Taste for Truth is a Bible study companion for I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) contains more than 150 Bible verses you can use to start conversations with God about food and life.
Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food
In this book, president of the Proverbs 31 Ministries and author Lisa Terkeurst guides you through a Bible study that will help you on your weight loss journey. This book doesn’t contain a diet plan. Rather, it is meant to be a companion to whatever lifestyle plan you choose. Terkeurst helps you realize that God made us to crave. However, we have replaced our craving for Him with physical pleasures, such as eating. Made to Crave will help you want to make healthier lifestyle choices and develop a closer relationship with God. Additionally, you’ll learn how to make peace with the number on the scale and your body.
A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever
Marianne Williamson, the author of A Course in Weight Loss, asserts that if you shed pounds from your body but do not change your thinking, you will retain the subconscious desire to regain that weight. The premise of this book is that you have forgotten your divine perfection and that this has confused your body and mind. The 21 spiritual lessons in this book help your mind regain its spiritual intelligence, which will help your body shed weight and keep it off. You’ll also learn how to change your relationship with your body from one of fear to one of love.
The Eden Diet
Unlike other diet plans, the Eden diet doesn’t require you to cut any type of food out of your life. Instead, the book encourages eating everything, including sweets, in moderation. You’ll learn how to identify physical and emotional hunger, how to cope with emotional hunger, and how to fight temptation in this book. The author, Dr. Rita Hancock, studied nutrition and psychology extensively and shares her own weight loss struggles with you. Additionally, she includes scriptures from the Bible regarding the topic of weight loss to help you on your journey. Dr. Handcock also teaches you how to utilize prayer to garner willpower from God to keep the weight off once you lose it.
Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction
Can the Bible help me with my food struggles? Have you ever felt stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting, and obsessive thoughts about food? Whether you feel defeated by your lack of self-control or overwhelmed by thoughts and longings for food, the answer to our food fixation does not lie in the $500 billion global diet industry. This is not a Christian diet book and it’s not a healthy eating plan. Because at the core, our problem is not really what we eat. It’s why we seek fullness in something that will never satisfy. Join Asheritah Ciuciu as she shares honestly about her own battles with food and reveals the path to freedom. You’ll discover the joy of living free from food fixation so you can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ, gain a renewed sense of purpose, and yes, even enjoy good food (without regret). A healthier relationship with food through a stronger relationship with Christ–that’s the goal of Full. Includes a quiz to help you find out if you have food fixation, plus practical strategies for overcoming it.
Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor
No. 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir! Is it possible to overcome food cravings and live free and healthy? Once weighing 430 pounds, Teresa Shields Parker tried every magic fix imaginable. After years of searching for the easy fix, she finally made a bold decision. “I faced the fact that I was addicted to processed sugar and flour,” she said. “I literally grieved just thinking about giving them up.” Faced with a death sentence if she didn’t lose weight with God’s help she gave up what she craved and began walking choice by choice into freedom. Sweet Grace chronicles her journey from childhood through adulthood. You will identify with many parts of the book. Sweet Grace will challenge you. It may shock you at times. You may shed a tear. However, one thing is sure, you will never again be able to say you don’t know what to do to become healthy. If you are ready, really ready, to change your life. If you really want to lose weight and live free and healthy, I dare you to read this book. You’ll be glad you did. Don’t miss the Sweet Grace Study Guide sold separately. Perfect for personal or group study.
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I mean no disrespect, but please note that Marriane Williamson is a New Age Occult practitioner and not by any means Christian. She has extremely demonic teachings that have Christian language but on closer inspection is very anti-Christ. I wouldn’t want any new Christians or less discerning believers to accidentally get sucked into darkness by reading her materials even on weight loss, as it is very demonic. Thanks for looking into this, my sister in Christ! All the other books you list are great though! 🙂