Are you struggling to get the motivation to work out and lose weight?

Well, here are some of the best reads to get that motivation.

Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

In this powerful memoir, Kiese Layman tells his story of growing up in Mississippi, USA, and how he learned to lean on food to cope with life.

The Elephant in the Room, by Tommy Tomlinson

Journalist Tommy Tomlinson weighed 460 pounds approaching his 50th birthday. He was at risk of the negative health issues that come with being overweight such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. He details his lifelong battle with his weight and describes what it’s like to go through life every day as an obese man.

Walking With Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life, by Eric O’Grey with Mark Dagostino

Eric O’Grey is 150 pounds overweight and dealing with type 2 diabetes and depression. He visits a doctor who leaves him with a shelter dog, Peety, who is also overweight. This uplifting read tells the story of how to pair came together and turned their lives around.

It Was Me All Along, by Andie Mitchell

This New York Times bestseller tells the story of a young girl from Boston who found comfort in sweets and junk food. This story is partially about weight loss as Andie Mitchell loses half her body weight, but also about self-acceptance and how Mitchell learns to love herself.

Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir, by Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer is an animal rights advocate who adopted a vegan diet, which she learned did not automatically make her thin. In her memoir, SInger touches on how she successfully lost 100 pounds, the ways in which overweight people are brought down in society, and how unpacking her destructive relationship with food helped her rebuild her self-esteem.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

In this popular memoir, Roxane Gay dives into her past and reveals how the violence she experienced as a 12-year-old girl led to her relying on food as a way to protect her body. She details how the societal shame of being overweight has infiltrated aspects of her life.

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl, by Shauna Reid

Looking for a more lighthearted and funny read? Then this is the one for you. Shauna Reid started a blog to document her journey from a 350-pound 23-year-old to a slimmed-down version of herself half that size. The book also includes Reid’s travels, work issues, and dating life, as it tells the story of how she overcame obstacles in a way many readers looking to lose weight will find relatable.

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