Here’s a good book about diet and exercise that’s entertaining and an easy read. It’s called “Eat Bacon, Don’t Jog” by Grant Petersen .
The book is about picking and choosing the best current options for health that give us the best outcome for our needs which have been in place before civilization got going.
The advice and theories behind the advice will disturb vegetarians, vegans, and joggers, so if you lean that way skip this book unless you’re looking for improved health and performance. Petersen is a ex-bike racer and bike enthusiast (basically a long distance runner on a bike), and he ate the standard high-carb, low-fat diet for years.
But, over the years Petersen realized the things he was doing for his health weren’t working. Each year, he had to ride harder and fret more about what he ate just to stay where he was.
Then he switched to relying on fat for fuel and doing short intense exercise for health. Any endurance (cardio) type exercise he does is for the fun of it. He got healthier and didn’t gain weight.
In short, digestible chapters, Petersen lays out easy to apply information mostly derived from the low-carb and paleo gangs, along with his own tweaks and observations.
One reviewer on Amazon pointed out that, “Grant Petersen is a legend in the cycling industry and has always been regarded as one of the most thoughtful and unconventional thinkers around. He is practical to the extreme. Entirely trustworthy and ultra high integrity. I read his book (devoured, really, in one sitting) initially with skepticism but came away a believer…”
If the usual doctrines for exercise and eating aren’t working for you take a look this book and you’ll come away smarter.