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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658001701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658001703
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a result, this book is somewhat more technical reading than many popular diet books.
J. Seidman
D., and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D., the book is based on Dr. Lutz's experience using carbohydrate restricted diets with thousands of patients for over 40 years.
Todd Moody
I used to be very much opposed to low-carb diets, but after reading this book I have become a great supporter of low-carb eating.
C. Hall

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696 of 706 people found the following review helpful By Todd Moody on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Life Without Bread is an important addition to the growing body of literature on the benefits and importance of low-carb diet. Written by Christian Allan, Ph.D., and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D., the book is based on Dr. Lutz's experience using carbohydrate restricted diets with thousands of patients for over 40 years. It is also based on extensive research in the medical and scientific literature, and provides ample references. The book presents a more or less unified theory of how high (and even "moderate") levels of dietary carbohydrate cause or exacerbate various health problems, and how carbohydrate restriction can help people to recover from those problems. Although obesity is one of the problems, this is not primarily a weight-loss book. There is only one short chapter on weight loss. Other chapters deal with heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), auto-immune disorders, and so on. There is also discussion of dietary carbohydrate from the perspective of humanity's adaptation to the conditions of the long Pleistocene era.
Life Without Bread accomplishes a number of important things. First, it collects a body of evidence for the low-carb way of eating that is carefully thought out, and based on sound research and extensive clinical experience. Second, it debunks the pervasive cholesterol neurosis that has made much of the developed world phobic about fats. This is very important, since there are still relatively few scientists willing to put their reputations on the line in opposition to the cholesterol theory of heart disease. Allan and Lutz join their ranks. Third, it offers good arguments for the positive virtues of saturated animal fats, perhaps the most maligned dietary suspects of the past 100 years.
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206 of 209 people found the following review helpful By "cluckedyduckedy" on May 1, 2002
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I've read every low carb book under the sun, over 20 in all and this one takes the cake! Not only is it lacking in hype but is the most informative low carb information available. These authors say more than the Eades book, Protein Power Lifeplan. I'm convinced that a low carb diet works from personal experience, but the reasons to STAY on a lower carb diet are explained here. A lot of the information gets technical but for readers who want more explanation than what's usually in Atkins or other style low carb books, this is the book to choose. I'll reread this book many times.
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232 of 241 people found the following review helpful By "moorecng@inav.net" on September 14, 2002
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I'm 41 years old and recently had a heart cath and 23mm stent implant 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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98 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Negombo on April 16, 2006
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I developed PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) due to a largely vegetarian, grain based diet I was subjected to growing up. I basically had a hormonal imbalance that caused me to gain weight, and rapidly.

To deal with PCOS effectively, one must correct the imbalance and also the diet that caused it. Reading books by Dr. John Lee on natural hormone therapy, I came to the realization that the imbalance was essentially "estrogen dominance" (very common in the US) and later verified this with a saliva test from ZRT labs (more accurate than blood testing, which wasn't showing the imbalance) Estrogen dominance needs to be balanced with USP grade progesterone - preferably a sublingual version. Creams containing progesterone tend to deposit in fat cells, which is not good in the long run.

In addition, a diet low in carbohydrates is necessary. Most MD's only treat the symptoms of PCOS, not the underlying causes. In other words, get off the prescription meds (including birth control pills) and use progesterone and a low carb diet and see how you feel.

If anyone reading this has PCOS please note that it is not safe for you to eat any animal products that are not hormone free - synthetic estrogens are still used to fatten cattle and other animals. Just being "estrogen dominant" puts one in a high risk category for cancers such as breast cancer, according to Lee.

Atkins in his earlier work mentioned the phenomenon of certain thin people who could eat mostly carbohydrates and would remain underweight. Lutz goes over this in more detail and recommends a low carb, high fat diet which will correct this problem of underweight by bringing the body back to a normal, healthy weight.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By T. Kyle on November 26, 2006
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I found the original English publication of this book in the chemistry library at the University of Texas more than 10 years ago, I hope it will change your life the way it changed mine. I wanted to post a review only for those who fear what a low carb diet will do to them over the long term. Recently I was approved for a new life insurance policy by Transamerica Occidental Life at their lowest rate. I have eaten more than one stick of butter each day for the past ten years along with the fatty meats recommended by Dr. Lutz. Here are my critical results from the blood testing and urine analysis from samples recently submitted for my life insurance application, remember these are ten year results, at Age 50. Maybe it will comfort those of you who fear kidney disease etc from eating plenty of saturated animal fats, as much protein as you like and low carb.

Blood: glucose 79, BUN 15.0, Creatinine 0.90, Trig 76, HDL 58, LDL 122.

Urinalysis: glucose NEG, Protein 5.00, Creatinine 67.70, Hemoglobin NEG. My blood pressure pre-diet was 140/90 and the doctor wanted to medicate me, now my blood pressure routinely comes in 110-115/60-65 when I visit the doctor or dentist.

In less than three months my (10 years ago now) my weight dropped from 205 lbs to 166 lbs (at a height of 6'), I now weigh 179 lbs, this is three pounds over my peak high school weight of 176 lbs, the same weight that I played basketball at. I added weight training some years ago. But did zero exercises for the first two years on the diet. I feel it is hard enough switching your diet to low carb fare, exercise can make you so hungry that you might be tempted to cheat. I didn't start exercising until I felt comfortable on this diet, which took a little over two years.
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