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Living the Low-Carb Life: From Atkins to the Zone Choosing the Diet That's Right for You Hardcover – December 20, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (December 20, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402713983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402713989
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonny Bowden, a certified nutrition specialist, is an associate editor at Total Health Magazine and the author of Shape Up Workbook: Eight Weeks to Diet and Fitness Success. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Jonny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. (aka "The Rogue Nutritionist" is a board-certified nutrition specialist and a nationally known expert on weight loss and nutrition.

His work has been endorsed by a virtual who's who in the world of integrative medicine and nutrition including Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Barry Sears (who calls him "one of the best") and Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, (who calls him "the personal health coach I would want in my corner no matter what").

He has been featured in or contributed material to The New York Times, The New York Post, Bottom Line Health, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, GQ, Muscle and Fitness, Cosmopolitan, Oxygen, Seventeen, MSNBC Online, MSN Online, The National Star, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Marie Claire, Allure, Men's Health, Ladies Home Journal, Walking, Prevention, Total Health, Woman's World, Weight Watchers, In Style, Shape and the National Enquirer and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss and fitness.

Dr. Bowden writes the monthly "Healthy Solutions" column for Better Nutrition Magazine, is a regular contributor to America Online, and a contributing editor for both Clean Eating magazine and Total Health Magazine.

Dr. Bowden has a Master's Degree in psychology and counseling and a PhD in nutrition, and has earned six national certifications in personal training and exercise. He is board certified by the American College of Nutrition. He is adjunct faculty at Clayton College for Natural Health, and a much in-demand speaker at conferences and events across the country.

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I knew it already, but you'll have to read the book to find out.
Jimmy Moore
Jonny Bowden talks about the history of low-carbohydrate diets, from William Banting and Dr. William Harvey all the way to Dr. Barry Sears (The Zone).
Victoria Shephard
Living the Low Carb Life is definitely a book that I can't live without.
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166 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Shephard on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Here's my chapter-by-chapter review of this book. A little long, but should give you a good idea of what the book contains.

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Chapter 1: The History and Origins of Low-Carb Diets

This was a fun chapter. Jonny Bowden talks about the history of low-carbohydrate diets, from William Banting and Dr. William Harvey all the way to Dr. Barry Sears (The Zone). We find low-carb diets did not start with Dr. Robert Atkins in 1972, but actually with Mr. Banting's publication of Letter on Corpulence in 1864. So low-carb has been around much longer than the low fat dogma that has only been popular the last 30 years. The concept of the calorie wasn't even discovered until between 1890 and 1900 by a man with the name of Wilbur Atwater.

Mr. Bowden goes through all this and more, touching on each of the major players in diet from 1864 onward. Many of the people named I had never heard of before. There's so much more to this low-carb lifestyle than one man in New York in the 70s!

Very good chapter and I highly recommend it.

Chapter 2: Why Low-Carb Diets Work

Jonny Bowden gets somewhat technical in this chapter, and I admit parts were over my head. It talks about how our bodily system work, with a focus on insulin since it is a key reason low fat/high carb diets don't work. It talks about blood sugar, cholesterol (both HDL and LDL), and triglycerides. It explains why a diet high in carbohydrates has an adverse impact on all of these.

He spends extra time on insulin, insulin resistance, and diabetes. He talks about insulin as the "fat-storage hormone" and most importantly, what goes on in the body to cause this.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Moore on May 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever read a book and honestly believed that author somehow jumped into your mind and pulled out every thought you have had about the subject he was writing about? Well, that's exactly how I felt when I was reading Living The Low Carb Life by Jonny Bowden. I introduced you to Jonny previously at my blog (livinlavidalocarb.blogspot.com), but let's just say my appreciation and admiration of this man has grown even stronger since reading this excellent contribution to the low-carb community.

If you or someone you know is struggling with questions about what low-carb living is and which plan is right for you, then you definitely need to get this book. Believe it or not, Jonny does not believe in a one-size-fits-all weight loss method. But what he does for the reader is outline the proven science behind low-carb and why the various plans out there can and will work for you.

Living The Low Carb Life presents the history of the low-carb movement (guess what? It didn't start with Dr. Robert Atkins!), explains why doing low-carb is effective for weight loss and better health, examines 17 of the most popular low-carb plans (did you know there were that many?), carefully scrutinizes the various supplements and diet drugs on the market, refutes the five most common myths about low-carb, answers those burning questions you may have about low-carb, offers 50 tips for doing low-carb the right way, helps you create the low-carb program that's right for you, and offers valuable resources to continue your education about livin' la vida low-carb.

The information in this book is incredibly useful whether you are thinking about doing low-carb, already started and struggling, well on your way to your goal weight, or in lifetime maintenance.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dana Carpender on December 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you can only read one book about low carbohydrate dieting, read this one. Jonny Bowden's Living the Low Carb Life offers a wealth of information about why low carb works, with overviews and ratings of all the popular varients and debunking of the myths. He's got the knowledge to help you make the right choice for your life and body. He writes well, too; this book is remarkably entertaining. I've written a lot about low carb diets myself, and I found myself reading Jonny's book thinking, "Damn, I wish *I'd* written this!" A must-read.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Moran on July 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Let's start by saying that Jonny Bowden's sensible advice really worked for me. I'm grateful for his explanation of the science behind low carb diets. I even took his advice and read one of the 14 diets he reviews and rates in this informative book. The proof, however, is in the results I achieved using his practical suggestions. Using many of Jonny's tips, I lost 20 lbs and 3 pant sizes in 12 weeks, lowered my blood pressure to normal levels, and dramatically improved my blood lipids all without medication.

The references and helpful links Jonny Bowden provides in this book are worth every penny. I refer to this book regularly for advice on supplements and for authoritative resources in many health areas. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking general health and longevity improvement.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kuemmel on November 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This text provides a very lucid and interesting history of low-carb dieting, as well as an insightful analysis of some particular diets. It is best used as an additional text to the more direct dietary advice given in books such as Syndrome X (Challem, et al), The Zone, Atkins New Diet Revolution, The Schwarzbein principle, The No-Grain Diet, Dr. Bernstein's Diet Revolution, etc.

For 75% of the population, the USDA/ADA recommended diet is simply unhealthy, to varying degrees. For about 25% of the population, the USDA/ADA diet will be deadly. The solution will be some form of "low-carb" dieting, which takes various forms, as Bowden's text elaborates.

It should be noted that the mainstream medical community, influenced by the AMA, which is in turn influenced by USDA, which is influenced by grain and sugar consortium lobbyists, still asserts the problematic nature of low-carb dieting--DO NOT BE FOOLED BY COMMERCIALISM. Think about it? What were humans designed to eat? Twinkies and chocolate and donuts and cereal and bread? Or meat, Fish, vegetables, nuts, and fruit (when available--i.e. limited quantities)?.

LIVING THE LOW-CARB LIFE is a good starting point in low-carb research. It should be read in conjunction with the other texts listed.
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