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I love the way the Festive Season ends with the birth of a New Year. After an orgy of overindulgence we are all presented with a clean slate. Which is very, very convenient. We are given the opportunity to stand up, to shake off the crumbs of Christmas dinner, to renew our gym membership and to start a new diet regime.

This year will be different, we say. This year I shall be good, we declare. And with the right help, we believe there is every chance we may succeed.

I have collected together the latest and greatest health, diet and fitness books to help you get back into shape, keep your shape or to find a shape you're happy with.

We can do it.

Kind Regards

John Purcell
The Booktopia Book Guru
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CLEAN AND LEAN DIET COOKBOOK
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by
James Duigan

"There is literally nobody better in the world than James for getting a woman's body into amazing shape" Elle Macpherson

James Duigan, the man behind some of the world's most beautiful bodies, he has long been the go-to expert trusted by movie stars and super models to get them in the best shape of their lives. He is one of the world's leading health and wellness guru's and he is back, with the third part to his bestselling Clean and Lean series: The Cookbook.

Ever since his revolutionary diet hit the bookshelves, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world have demanded more recipes to help them stay clean and lean, for good. The Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook offers over 100 delicious ideas from all over the world, including favourites from his A-list clients such as Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Hugh Grant.

"Becoming Clean & Lean is the simplest, most enjoyable lifestyle choice I've made, and the only one I've actually stuck to. And it's been easy. Clean & Lean eating is common sense, and your body doesn't have to go through any torturous reactions - as it does with silly fads - to get results." Holly Valance Click here for more details or to buy...

With the Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook you'll discover why cereal makes you fat, how Elle stays healthy, what Rosie has for dinner and the formula to a whole host of recipes you can make in minutes. And the best bit is that with the Clean and Lean diet there's no calorie counting or hundreds of sit-ups, just a flexible eating plan to rid your body of harmful toxins and a unique new approach to food and eating that allows you to feel good about yourself and your body.

Starting with inspiring breakfasts to help kick start your day, the Clean & Lean Diet Cookbook takes you through to lunch and dinner with ideas for quick and easy meals that will fill you up without affecting your waistline. Try Elle's Kale and Goats Cheese Salad, Quiche with Brown Rice Crust, or the Ultimate Clean & Lean Lettuce Wrap for lunch and for dinner choose from Sirloin with Rocket and Watercress Salad, Lemongrass and Coconut Prawns with Glass Noodles, or even Hugh's favourite Lamb with Mushy Peas.

The book is also filled to the brim with:
  • More of his now trademark 'Bad, Better and Best' columns for quick and easy reference to help you to make the good food choices quickly and easily
  • 'Pick n' Mix' meal planners for keeping things simple and flexible
  • A 14 day eating plan to get you started
  • Plenty of nutritional advice to support you in your clean and lean journey, including how to make the healthiest choices when dining out
  • A whole chapter on cheat meals for those weekly indulgences when nothing but a treat will do

Click here for the full Clean and Lean RangeClean and Lean is not about calorie counting, self-denial or fad eating. It is about reassessing your relationship with food, learning to break bad eating habits and cycles. It's about enabling you to treat yourself with everything your system needs to be beautiful, happy and healthy. Most of all, it is about making your body look and feel the very best it can be - for good.


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THE NO EXCUSES COOKBOOK
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by Michelle Bridges


The best way to lose weight is to change what you eat: fresh ingredients, good-quality food, portion control.

With easy-to-follow menu plans and over 80 delicious, low-calorie recipes for everyday eating, Michelle Bridges will help you take charge of your weight loss.

Michelle's food tastes amazing and you won't feel hungry between meals, so stop making excuses for not having the body or the life you want and take control of what you eat. NOW!

About The Author: Michelle Bridges became a household name when she first appeared as a trainer on Channel Ten's hit reality weight-loss show The Biggest Loser. She is now Australia's most recognised personal trainer, having working in the fitness and weightloss industry for nearly two decades. Michelle is a nationally recognised spokesperson for brands and causes close to her heart and she is hugely sought after as a motivational speaker.

Her first three books, Crunch Time, Crunch Time Cookbook and Losing the Last Five Kilos, were bestsellers, with Losing the Last Five Kilos debuting at number 1 nationally. Michelle Bridges: 5 Minutes a Day, her fourth book, was released in December 2011.

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THE $120 FOOD CHALLENGE
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by Sandra Reynolds


Can you feed a family of four on $120 per week?

In these days of rising food costs it sounds impossible, but Sandra Reynolds - home cook, household budget supremo and single mum - shows us how.

Based on Sandra's enormously successful blog, this book provides tried-and-tested advice on how to budget, plan meals, shop strategically and cook from more than 100 delicious recipes, such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder, roast vegetable calzone and chocolate lava puddings.

Generous, inspired and chock-full of old-fashioned kitchen wisdom, The $120 Food Challenge will have you eating healthier and tastier food for a fraction of the cost.

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HARD'N UP
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by
Shannan Ponton

Shannan's training and philosophy has taught me that the most important measurement is not your waistline but the 6 inches between your ears. Once you have your brain in the right place the battle is 90 per cent won - Dr Mike

From the award-winning trainer and mentor of THE BIGGEST LOSER comes the book that will change your life.

Feeling listless, overweight and over it? Afraid to look in the mirror? It's time to learn the secrets of the man who has made people who feel like losers become winners.

No one understands better than Shannan Ponton what gets in our way when we want to lose weight and change our lives for the better. With 20 years' experience in the fitness industry, including as trainer on the hit show The Biggest Loser, he knows how to inspire people to make the changes that matter.

In HARD'N UP Shannan has created a unique all-in-one guide to weight loss, fitness, nutrition and motivation that will help you not only transform your body and mind but find true health and happiness. .

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4 WEEK ENERGY DIET
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by Julie Maree Wood


Tired, listless, no enthusiasm or energy? Join the club.

More and more people are suffering the effects of chronic stress, bad diets and busy lifestyles which, in turn, have a terrible impact on the way they look and feel; as well as their physical health.

Julie Wood′s 4-Week Energy Diet shows you how to turn your life around and transform yourself into the fit, energetic and vital person you have always wanted to be.

In the first two weeks you will give your body a spring-clean, ridding yourself of toxins. Then learn how to fit exercise, meditation and enjoyable activities into your everyday life, no matter how pressed for time.

In the second two weeks, you will rebuild your body′s essential nutrients, restoring your balance, vitality and spiritual health, recharging those important energy reserves.

Julie Maree Wood′s holistic approach harnesses the healing power of food, enabling you to shed kilos naturally; and restore and nourish your body and soul. And because you already have enough to do, the program is worked out for you, for each day for 4 weeks - from when you rise to when you return to bed. Meditation, exercise, activities and, of course, menus are all designed to give you the best results. The program also contains

A diagnostic quiz to help you pinpoint what′s wrong

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PILATES ON THE GO
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by Margot Campbell


Sculpt your body in 14 days.

At her Pilates on the go... studio in London, Margot Campbell has designed a unique programme to help her clients to achieve their body shape and weight-loss goals.

Combining the transformative techniques of Pilates, with aerobic exercise and diet advice, Margot has now adapted the programme so that everyone can follow it.

No matter how busy you are, Pilates on the go will help you achieve the results you've always wanted. The book includes:

  • Pilates on the go personal questionnaire
  • 14-day kick start plan to sculpt your body
  • 10-minute programmes to target arms, tummies and bottoms
  • 5-minute quickies for when you're really short of time
  • Pilates on the go toning tips for when you're out and about
  • Lifestyle, motivation and eating advice

Pippa Middleton left this testimonial on Margot Campbell's website:

Click here for more details or to buy... "As someone who is always 'on the go', Pilates has been a wonderful escape from my busy lifestyle in London. Whether it's 7am in the morning or 7pm at night I always leave feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated. Over the past few months I have noticed a huge difference in my core strength and posture and couldn't recommend Margot more highly as an instructor. From breathing techniques, muscle toning to overall flexibility and relaxation, my Pilates sessions have become something of a weekly necessity that keeps me fit, happy and energized."


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THE PALEO ANSWER
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by
Loren Cordain

How to take the Paleo diet to the max for optimal weight loss and total health-from bestselling author and top Paleo expert Dr. Loren Cordain

Dr. Loren Cordain's bestselling The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook have helped hundreds of thousands of people eat for better health and weight loss by following the diet humans were genetically designed to eat: meats, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods that mimic the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. In The Paleo Answer , he shows you how to supercharge the Paleo diet for optimal lifelong health and weight loss. Featuring a new prescriptive 7-day plan and surprising revelations from the author's original research, it's the most powerful Paleo guide yet.

  • Based on the author's groundbreaking research on Paleolithic diet and lifestyle
  • Includes a new 7-day plan with recommended meals, exercise routines, lifestyle tips, and supplement  recommendations
  • Reveals fascinating findings from the author's research over the last decade, such as why vegan and vegetarian  diets are not healthy and why dairy, soy products, potatoes, and grains are not just unhealthful but may be toxic
  • Includes health and weight-loss advice for all Paleo dieters-women, men, and people of all ages-and is invaluable for CrossFitters and other athletes
  • Written by Dr. Loren Cordain, the world's leading expert on Paleolithic eating styles internationally regarded as the father of Paleo

Whether you've been following a Paleo-friendly diet and want to take it to the next level or are just discovering the benefits of going Paleo, this book will help you follow the Paleo path to the fullest-for lifelong health, increased energy, better sleep, lower stress and weight loss.

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BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
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by Lisa Westlake


This terrific little how-to primer for new mothers comes with a free copy of Lisa Westlake's Exercising for Two. Together they make the perfect safe and easy fitness guides to take you through a healthy pregnancy and into motherhood.

Only at Booktopia, and only while stocks last.

MUMS SHAPE UP includes simple instructions, beautiful images and clear explanations of safe, sensible exercise options for new mothers.

The companion volume to EXERCISING FOR TWO, this book guides women through early postnatal recovery, helping them to slowly recommence activity without causing problems that can be associated with inappropriate choices or going too hard too fast too soon.

In full colour, this easy-to-use and accessible book explores the vast range of exercise options available for mums to get back in shape as well as providing helpful physio and lifestyle hints for looking after mother and baby during this precious time.

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LOSE WEIGHT FAST
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by Susie Burrell


The diet bible to help you lose weight quickly and safely from renowned Australian nutritionist Susie Burrell

If you need to drop the kilos quickly to fit into an outfit, lose a dress size for an upcoming event, or if you are one of the many who has successfully lost weight following a program only to have regained it, then LOSE WEIGHT FAST! is the book for you.

Written by one of Australia's leading experts in weight loss, diets and psychology, LOSE WEIGHT FAST! will show you how to lose weight quickly and safely whether you want to drop 2, 10 or 20kg in a range of time frames.

With clear guidelines, recipes and meal plans, LOSE WEIGHT FAST! is the diet bible that will tell you exactly what you need to do whether you have a week, a month or 6 months to get your body into shape. Packed with weight loss tools, tricks and tips, Lose Weight Fast is a must read for anyone who wants to know how they can take charge of their weight and manage it, the right way, for life.

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SECRETS OF A LAZY FRENCH COOK

RUN FAT BITCH RUN
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Marie-Morgane Le Moel

I ordered a kir. I had promised myself not to drink anything that night, in order to keep my mind clear and be able to sound intelligent in proper English, but my resolution had failed immediately. He was obviously as irritating as he had seemed the first time we had met. It was, as I would realise afterwards, irritation at first ...

Tiens! When Marie, an adventurous French journalist, decides to try life as a foreign correspondent in Australia, it's a steep learning curve. How to get invited to the best election events, how to get a word in edgewise at press conferences when pushy Australian writers keep interrupting, and how to make new friends - especially when Immigration has firmly suggested your French-Canadian fiancé must go home.

Luckily having a suitcase full of Maman's recipes helps when homesickness hits, and it turns out the pushy Australian writer loves her galette des rois ...

But will Marie ever feel that she belongs in her adopted country?

You can take the girl out of France, but can you ever take France out of the girl?

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Ruth Field

A tough-love exercise programme for the terminally unmotivated. When all else has failed, RUN!

It's time to give those skinny b!tches a run for their money.

Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? Unwatched workout DVDs gathering dust on your shelves? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet?

Then it's time you faced the truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground running Straight-talking, funny and brutally honest, RUN FAT BITCH RUN will give you yes, you the push you need to get out of the door, pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time.

Hate running No worries. RUN FAT BITCH RUN will give you all the tools you need to transform that passion into real motivation.

  • Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy
  • Follow a fuss-free and completely foolproof beginners' programme
  • Throw away the scales, stock up on pasta and enjoy carbs without guilt

If you want to lose weight, get fit and become an ass-kicking, gets-things-done superwoman, there's only one thing left to do RUN!


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THE MIRACLE DIET
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Australian Women's Weekly

Delicious recipes to keep you fit and healthy for life.

Everybody longs for beautiful skin, shiny hair, strong bones and teeth, bundles of energy and a slim fit body.

The Miracle Diet shows you how to achieve all of this with it's tasty and innovative recipes. There are the all important breakfast dishes to give you a great start to the day, detoxing foods for people interested in cleansing from the inside out, low fat foods, energy foods and calcium rich foods.

This book highlights that what you put in your body will not only determine how you look on the outside but how you feel on the inside.

The introduction includes information about exercise, lessening stress, and the healthy weight range, all designed to help you learn more about how to keep your body strong and live a long and healthy life.

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GET RUNNING

FELON FITNESS
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Matt Roberts

Running is the most popular form of exercise in the world, with the number of people taking part in running events growing massively all the time. From a health point of view this is great news, yet many of those slipping on their running shoes for the first time are less than sure of the best way to get started, while even those who have experience need a little help to take their training to the next level.

In this exciting new book, personal trainer to the stars and former international sprinter Matt Roberts brings his considerable fitness experience to bear on the subject, presenting a number of his highly acclaimed running programs for you to follow at home. Get Running includes the basics from good running technique, goal setting and motivation to schedules, preparation and how to deal with injuries and strains.

You'll find the low-down from Matt's team of coaches and health experts as well as the best advise on running shoes, clothes, accessories and gadgets, and where to buy them. Everything from fun runs and charity runs to clubs, competitive racing, marathons and ultra-distance events around the world are covered. So whether you are preparing for your first 5km charity walk or you are trying shave time off your marathon personal best, Matt Roberts' Get Running will provide you with the guidance and inspiration you need to propel yourself ahead of the pack.

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William S. Kroger and Trey Turfel

Being fit is a matter of life or death for prison inmates. Either you"re fit enough to fend-off an attack or you end up in the morgue. It"s that simple.

"Your life as a Average Joe" depends on being fit as well. While you don"t have to worry about being jumped and shivved, you do have to be concerned about your overall health. Inmate routines are well-conceived and balanced. The exercises and routines are great for all types of people.

Muscle-bound men will really improve their range of motion with exercises like butterflies and cherry pickers.

Aerobically conditioned women will increase strength with push-ups, squats, lunges and prison dumbbell exercises

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