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Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss success enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the energetic personality behind the uber-popular Livin' La Vida Low-Carb blog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show. He has interviewed well over 700 of the world's top health experts and dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about their health. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they can often be found playing Frisbee golf in their front yard. Learn more about Jimmy and his work at: http: //www.livinlavidalowcarb.com. Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internist who combines clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is currently President-Elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is coeditor of Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials and coauthor of The New Atkins for a New You. When he is not working in the clinic, he enjoys taking ballroom dancing classes.
File Size: 3341 KB
Print Length: 332 pages
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (August 6, 2014)
Why did Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman feel the need to produce Keto Clarity? Do we REALLY need another book about ketogenic diets?
Maybe they know that there are many people out there who think that the best a ketogenic diet can do is to cause bad breath, and at worst-- raise your cholesterol and risk of heart disease, and lead to fatal ketoacidosis.
Others have heard that a ketogenic diet is only useful for treating seizures in young children, and that it doesn’t work at all for obesity or diabetes in adults. The common belief is that we ALL need to follow a low fat or vegetarian diet in order to stay healthy.
As a cardiologist I find a role for the low carbohydrate diet to reduce inflammation, shift small dense LDL to a less atherogenic pattern, and to reduce “risk factors” of obesity, high blood glucose, diabetes, and elevated blood pressure. It is the ketone that plays a role in the nutrigenomic "turn on" as well as the metabolic efficiency.
When I wear my "exercise physiologist" hat I have discovered the benefits of the ketoadaptive state for endurance training and competition.
And then as a nutritionist I have found the effectiveness of a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet for treating many disorders from Autism to Alzheimer’s. The properly formulated ketogenic diet can reduce seizures in children and increase fertility for hopeful parents-to-be. And for certain pregnant patients with gestational diabetes, or outright clinical type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there is also potential benefit to the mother and fetus. Now the ketogenic diet is being looked at as another therapeutic modality to prevent, retard, and maybe even cure some forms of cancer.Read more ›
I was trying to think of flowery things to say but come on! This book is just THE BOMB! I read it as someone who has learned A LOT about Nutritional Ketosis by following Jimmy and some of the doctors and other experts who contributed to this book. I loved that it wasn't just a "been there, heard that" overview of Ketosis and what it can do for us. Jimmy and Dr. Westman manage to go deeper into the science for us while still bringing it around for the lay person or novice. I used to regularly test my blood ketones/mmols but the book moved me to go bust out my glucometer that has been gathering dust for a while. His step by step instructions on how to find your own thresholds for carbs and protein just got me all fired up again and will help me in my hacking pursuits. I'm no expert, I'm a soccer mom/school teacher, bio-hacker wannabe. This book is perfect for me because it clears up why some of my earnest efforts were not getting me the results I expected. It is also perfect for that family member or friend who is trying that Low Fat diet (with poor results) and doesn't understand what you are doing and doesn't really want to hear your explanations. The gift of this book to that person is a great, non-threating way to help them in their journey. As a teacher, I love a reference read that is not so dang dry!! Jimmy's personality comes through to make this an easy, enjoyable read. BONUS: if you get the audio version, Jimmy is the one who does the reading. That's kind of rare!
There's a book called "The man who mistook his wife for a hat" and you just think - what on earth is that about? You don't have this worry with a Jimmy Moore/Eric Westman collaboration - the book is exactly what it says on the cover: the definitive guide to the benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet.
Keto Clarity follows the super reader friendly format of Cholesterol Clarity. Jimmy does what he does best - interview experts (22 this time) and then share their insights, as he and Eric navigate you through everything you could ever want to know about ketosis...
What is ketosis? Why would you want to be in ketosis? How do you know when you're in ketosis? What's the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis? How can you find your carb tolerance level? What's the right protein level for you? What about Intermittent Fasting? What are the five mistakes that low carb enthusiasts most often make? What are the top 10 things to check if you're not staying in ketosis?
The book format is just so readable and memorable. There are doctors notes throughout and 'box outs' to clarify points. The chapter summaries are so useful as a reminder of what has just been covered and they provide great check-backs for future reference. There's a handy KETO acronym to keep you on track: Keep carbs low; Eat more fat; Test Ketones often; Overdoing protein is bad. There is also a frequently asked questions section, so that you can see others have the same questions and there's a success stories chapter, so that you can see the experience of other people.
With Dr William Davis and Dr David Perlmutter on the panel, you know you've got carbohydrate covered from a body and brain perspective.Read more ›
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Often when you read a book for nutritional information, it leaves you with as many new questions as answers. Not so with Keto Clarity. This book answers any questions you may have as to why you should follow a more ketogenic diet, then tells you exactly, step by step, how to do it.
The presentation of the information is not only extremely well researched, it is presented in an easily understandable and often humorous fashion. Each quote from one of the twenty two nutritional experts is followed by an explanation by Jimmy Moore that puts it into “plain talk” based on his own experience. Although his data is thorough and ironclad, Jimmy is not a pie-in-the-sky researcher looking down over his lab coat with fistfuls of “studies” but no compassion. Starting his journey at over 400 pounds himself, he is someone who has actually been there and has the t-shirt with all the frustrations of being unwell and overweight while doing all “the right things” that are taught in conventional dietary advice. I think anyone that is struggling with their own health challenges will feel the empathy in his writing.
One of the many wonderful things about this book is that it makes you want to dive right in and test what he’s saying for yourself, instead of the standard “oh for pete’s sake what do they want me to do now” feeling. Even though I’ve been following a low carb, moderate protein, high fat Paleo diet for many years (and recommending it to my clients) I not only learned new things, I also made some immediate tweaks to my diet that have already proved their worth.
Although a ketogenic diet is beneficial for many health concerns and for optimizing for athletics, it is especially important in healthy weight loss.Read more ›
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