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1 Comment | May 13, 2013

Below are some of the books we read, liked, and believe they could be really helpful for all who are interested in finding out more about low- and very low-carb lifestyles.

1. The Diet Delusion, by Gary Taubes

Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago.

The Diet Delusion is an in-depth, scientific, groundbreaking examination of what actually happens in your body as a result of what you eat, rather than what the diet industry might have you believe happens and is essential reading for anyone trying to decide which diet – low-fat or low-carbohydrate – is truly the healthy diet.

For years we have been deluded by the dieting industry. Now it’s time to find out the truth.

2. The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living, by Jeff S. Volek, Stephen D. Phinney

Carbohydrate restricted diets are commonly practiced but seldom taught. As a result, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses may have strong opinions about low carbohydrate dieting, but in many if not most cases, these views are not grounded in science. Now, whether you are a curious healthcare professional or just a connoisseur of diet information, two New York Times best selling authors provide you with the definitive resource for low carbohydrate living.

Doctors Volek and Phinney share over 50 years of clinical experience using low carbohydrate diets, and together they have published more than 200 research papers and chapters on the topic. Particularly in the last decade, much has been learned about the risks associated with insulin resistance (including but not limited to metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes), and how this condition is far better controlled by carbohydrate restriction than with drugs. In this book, you will learn why:

– Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.
– Restricting carbohydrate improves blood glucose and lipids while reducing inflammation, all without drugs.
– Dietary saturated fat is not a demon when you are low carb adapted.
– Dietary sugars and refined starches are not needed to feed your brain or fuel exercise.
– Long-term success involves much more than simply cutting out carbs.
– Electrolyte and mineral management are key to avoiding side effects and ensuring success.
– Trading up from sugars and starches to a cornucopia of nutrient-rich, satisfying, and healthy foods is empowering.
– Studying hunter-gathers’ diets provides clues to how best formulate a low carbohydrate diet.

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
is a great book for health-minded individuals. It is an excellent book for healthcare professionals. Best of all, it is the perfect gift for health-minded individuals to share with their doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists.

3. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It, by Gary Taubes

Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Gary Taubes revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change.

He reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical,
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do about It (Vintage) is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.

 

Do you have any book recommendations that you would like to share? Let us know!

  1. posted by Anja on March 6, 2016

    I’m 41 years old and recently had a heart cath and 23mm stent imnplat in the LAD. My Cardiologist, who is from Poland and not tainted by American political dieting correctness, told me I needed a diet considerably lower in Carbohydraes than what I was typically eating. I wasn’t sure exactly what he was referring to and luckily I found this book. I was astonished at what I was reading. Everthing I was ever tought about nutrition was wrong. I’ve been excersizing and keeping my Carbs below 50g a day and I feel phenominal. I’ve lost 16 pounds in 4 weeks and all of my lipids are way down except my HDL which has risen slightly. My Triglycerides have also went from 291 to 120 in just 3 weeks! This book has given me enough information to lead a healthy life and I thank the authors of this book for saving my life. My four year old son thanks you too!

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