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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482781255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482781250
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was really a pamphlet and not a book that I expected.
Linda Miller
I really enjoyed seeing Dr Westman's YouTube Videos and then I purchased his book.
LIVING IN NYC
It was a quick book to read and it was very easy to understand.
Angela Eubanks

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222 of 225 people found the following review helpful By docfor ME on August 6, 2013
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So many people are confused about what to eat, what not to eat, and why or why not.

As a cardiologist (with a master's degree in physiology of exercise), I have had to tip-toe through the mine-field of nutrition publications to help myself, before I could help my patients. I started to gain weight while doing triatholons and following a Mediterranean Diet. Then I decided to follow the same diet I recommended to heart attack victims, I followed and failed a rigorous low fat diet. I was worse, gained weight!

I realized then that my patients were not lying to me when they continued to get worse: more weight, higher BP, worse cholesterol and triglycerides DESPITE my recommendations. They told me they followed my dietary and exercise instructions and continued to gain weight, despite a dietary regimen of only breathing air and drinking water.

I was desperate. I was the Cardiologist who was becoming obese with metabolic syndrome. How could I be a reliable, credible teacher for my patients when I couldn't cure my own "disease"?

Yes, I crossed the forbidden line for cardiologists. I "went Low Carb".

I learned about the science, metabolism, and applied biochemistry of low carbohydrate nutrition from Eric Westman MD and his colleagues. I took a course involving hours of tutorials and reviews of hundreds of scientific papers. I was convinced that there was scientific merit. I became my own guinea pig.

It worked on myself. Weight came down, BP came down, Triglycerides went down and HDL went up. All as predicted. Now I offer this to my patients with confidence, and following a 60 pound weight loss, I feel better about myself and about what my patients can achieve.

This manual is the essence.
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141 of 147 people found the following review helpful By JEY on April 3, 2013
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This manual is a simple and effective low carb diet program; the same one used at the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. With it, I lost 55 pounds in 16 months and continue to maintain that loss without hunger, calorie counting or extensive exercise. Even better, shortly after starting the No Sugar, No Starch Diet; moderate arthritis, other joint pains, skin rashes, and blood sugar issues disappeared. At 62, I am active, energetic and enjoy vibrant good health.
It is not a long book with four diet phases or net carb formulas, but rather, the strict 20g total carb ketogenic diet that works for weight loss and diabetes control. It has simple rules and a list of allowed foods in a little booklet format to carry with you. If you have seen Dr. Westman's YouTube video of his Clinic Introduction Class, this is the short manual you should have to go with it.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on May 13, 2013
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I started with Dr Westman's "Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet" on November 5, 2009...using the information found in Dr. Westman's booklet. By May of 2012 (a little over 2.5 years later), I had lost right at 185 lbs, (a weight loss that I maintain to this day...almost 4 years after adopting my low-carb ("no sugar, no starch" lifestyle). For anyone thinking that it's too good to be true, or that low-carbing is not "sustainable"...please click on "my story" (complete with before and after photos at the link here... [...]

Dr. Westman's "No Sugar, No Startch" approach to living is simple, straightforward, deliciously sustainable, and saving lives every single day...this little book and most importantly, Dr. Westman and the science behind this approach, absolutely saved mine. (My "before/after" photos attest to that, if you need proof :-). Thank you always, Dr. Westman!!!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. Chase on July 18, 2013
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My interest in the Ketogenic Diet is as a cure for cancer based on the work of Dr Seyferd at Boston U.(He has written a book.)
Cells in the body feed on sugar(glucose) but can also feed on ketones. Cancer cells can not make this switch and thus die.
This is an excellent source for anyone desiring to go on the Ketogenic Diet.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By BJESC on June 10, 2013
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Both my husband and I are on this diet. Since we both love breads, it was very hard initially. However, my favorite part of Dr. Westman's diet plan is that I am NEVER hungry when I follow it. If I fall off the diet, I wake up hungry and craving carbs. However, when I do adhere strictly to this plan, it is fun to watch the inches melt off of my abdomen and thighs...plus I have energy to spare. My husband's health has improved immensely and he is off of all medications that he had been on for over twenty years.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill on January 13, 2014
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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.
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