(CBS/AP) With 2014 finally upon us, many folks use the start of the new year to kick off their personal health goals.
And for a nation in which two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight and obese, that goal often centers around a weight-loss diet.
Federal health officials frequently tout a diet high in fruits and vegetables, and low in sugar, fat and salty processed foods as a way to keep your weight healthy. That's in addition to getting regular physical activity -- about 2.5 hours each week of aerobic activity for adults, numbers most U.S. adults don't meet.
That's where diet books aim to help, by offering step-by-step weight loss plans with recommended recipes and fitness routines.
While these books offer a range of strategies for losing weight, from dramatically lowering your calorie intake certain days per week to removing particular foods from your diet entirely, most experts agree the best weight loss routine is one that you can stick to.