In the pursuit of optimizing one’s health a complete lifestyle change is often necessary. It is imperative from the very beginning you recognize the mind-body connection and place as much emphasis on the mind as you do the body.
This is important for many reasons:
Stress is a primary cause of weight gain. I have talked about stress and its drive on cortisol on my blog under the ashwagandha post. Our response to stress is primarily derived by our perception of our circumstances. The more stress we carry the easier it is going to be to gain weight and the harder to lose. On my blog the first 3 posts are dedicated to transforming mentally to a positive mindset which is imperative for weight loss.
Disciplining yourself to grow your mind helps reinforce the discipline it takes to transform the body. As you make it a point to read more books, meditate, practice positive thinking, etc you become more disciplined and see it’s value which reinforces that discipline leads to results. Seeing this you will be more motivated to apply that discipline to your health as well.
Knowledge really is power. Gaining knowledge about yourself and your health plays an extremely important role in transforming yourself. You must read and learn. Paul really was right when he said “we are transformed by renewing our minds.”
Below is a reading list we have put together that consists of books that talk directly about your physical health, books that are considered “self-help” that are motivating and improve mental health and mindset, and books that speak directly to men’s health issues.
If there is any book that you have read that has had an impact on you in one of these areas, we would love to hear about it and possibly add it to the list here. If you read any book on this list, we would love to hear feedback on how the book impacted you.
As you approach this list, my advice is to read the titles and pick a few that stand out to you. Then research them online to settle on one to start with. If you want to just start at number 1 and work your way down that would be exceedingly beneficial as well. Either way if you read through this list it will be life changing. Also, I must say that Dr. Lunow and I do not endorse or agree with everything that is contained in these books however, overall, we agree with the message and believe them to be life changing.
Mindset, Motivators, “Self Help”
The Warrior and the Monk by Greg Amundson
Mans Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual by Jocko Willink
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
The Intension Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart
Think Like a Warrior: The Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable by Darrin Donnelly
Own the Day Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, earning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex by Aubrey Marcus
Mastery by Robert Greene
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
First: What it Takes to Win by Rich Froning (Autobiography)
The book of Proverbs by Solomon (ESV)
Health, Body Transformation, Diet
The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy Manual by Jay Campbell (This book very simply lays out everything you should know about testosterone replacement. It will empower you to have better control and understanding over the protocol we prescribe)
The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz
Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas
Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf
The Primal Blue Print by Mark Sisson
The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey
Fire Breather Fitness by Greg Amundson
Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson
Sex, Your Penis, etc
Private Parts: A Pocket Reference to Prostate, Urological, and Sexual Health by James H. Gilbaugh Jr, MD
She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner, Ph.D.