On a mission to get fit? Your lifestyle changes can start right here.

“Get Energy! Empower Your Body, Love Your Life,” by Denise Austin (paperback, Center Street, 2011, 239 pages, $16.99). Explains how simple lifestyle adjustments can result in increased energy throughout the day, discussing such changes as using mini-workouts to maintain energy on busy days, eating the right foods at the right time of day, using stretching and breathing to feed the body with oxygen, and sitting properly in a chair.

“The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy,” by Bob Greene, Ann Kearney Cooke and Janis Jibrin (hardcover, Simon & Schuster, 2011, 291 pages, $25). Getting fit and staying that way for life requires motivation. Greene tells read- ers how to break down the barriers and achieve their diet and fitness goals by helping them identify psychological issues underlying their struggles with food, their body and others.

“Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food: Kick Your Fake Food Habit, Kickstart Your Weight Loss,” by Christine Avanti with Bonnie Bauman (hardcover, Rodale, 2012, 303 pages, $26.99). If you think the key to weight loss is by buying foods labeled “fat free,” “sugar free,” or “lite,” think again.The real key to losing weight is a diet rich in whole grains and lean protein, which maintains stable blood sugar levels and speeds up metabolism. This guide to eating real food is a weight-loss plan and a real-food cookbook in one.

“Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It,” by Gary Taubes (hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf, 2011, 257 pages, $24.95). It is not simply calorie intake that makes us fat. It’s a certain form of carbohydrates. We get fat because of the production of insulin stimulated by the consumption of glucose, which encourages the body to burn carbohydrates and store fat.The author emphasizes his case by looking at the bad nutritional science of the last century and suggests how to change it.

“Kitchen Cures: Homemade Remedies for Your Health,” by Reader’s Digest (paperback,The Reader’s Digest Association, 2011, 383 pages, $17.95). Practice natural health and healing the modern way with more than 1,000 of the world’s best home remedies — cures that work using ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.

Books provided by the Stark County District Library. www.starklibrary.org

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