I chose to purchase this book on the basis of two things: Dr. Westman's relationship with Jimmy Moore (of "Living La Vida Low Carb" fame) and his article in the recent issue of Woman's World magazine. When the magazine article mentioned that Dr. Westman's manual for a low carb ketogenic diet was available, I headed straight to Amazon to purchase it. I'm in the process of transitioning to a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet.
Unfortunately, there's nothing in this pamphlet that isn't available online for free. There's no scientific explanation for why this way of eating works, save a paragraph that essentially says carbs make you fat. There are no guidelines as to the percentage of calories in your diet that should come from fat, or how much protein or carbs you should consume. There is a list, rather inadequate I'd venture to say, of permitted foods. Patients without sodium restrictions are encouraged to drink beef or chicken broth to help with possible side-effects the first few weeks, and use sugar-free breath mints to combat bad breath. The only suggested sample menu is a very unimaginative bacon and egg breakfast, salad with grilled chicken for lunch, and naked burger patty with more salad for dinner. There's a 2 page explanation of how to figure net carbs, but no guidelines as to how many net carbs are appropriate to consume. Next comes a page of fairly banal "tips," such as "fruit is nature's candy," and "nothing tastes as good as thin feels." I think most folks with a weight problem would consider these "tips" rather patronizing. There are 5 pages devoted for tracking the date, your weight, and waistline. And that's it. That's the whole book.
Admittedly for the price, I didn't expect a monumental work. But I did expect some substance. This book is as devoid of real content as cardboard is of nutritional value.