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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to Low Carb Diets, December 15, 2009
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This review is from: Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss (Paperback)
I have read a number of low carb diet books and this is the absolute best for gaining an understanding of how and why low carb works. If you are looking for recipes and daily menus, this is not your book. But if you want motivation and understanding, this is a comprehensive guide of low carb diets, a virtual textbook for the layman. The 2009 updated version includes an expanded number of diets as well as updated studies and comments.

Jonny reviewed hundreds of studies while researching for this book. He dispels so many of the myths ("medical legends") such as that dietary cholesterol is bad, that it has anything at all to do with heart disease. He proves that we have no need for dietary carbs (though of course he doesn't advocate going to such extremes), and that an excess is toxic. A low carb diet reduces triglycerides and raises HDL (the "good" cholesterol), which is the real indicator of heart health. I found his science behind insulin and the other hormones involved in digestion, as well as the science behind ketones, to be easy to understand.

The book takes us on a journey of the history of low carb diets (and really, folks, this goes back to our primitive origins--the real fad is the high carb, low fat diet!), and the science behind how and why the diet works. There is a chapter explaining why everyone isn't on the diet (propaganda, economics, and let's face it--is it sustainable for the world of 7 billion to go hunting for wild meat?). An entire chapter is devoted to dispelling common myths of the low carb (such as "ketones are dangerous," "a high protein diet causes osteoporosis or can damage kidneys," etc). There is an entire chapter on a study done with a town of 556 people in Canada. The indigenous people went back to their native diet (low carb with lot of fat and fish) and lost 1200 pounds. Some were off their medications within days! There is also a frequently asked questions chapter and a chapter on 50+ tips to make the low carb diet work for you.

The book reviews 33 low carb diets. There is one for every lifestyle, and Jonny gives them his rating and comments in addition to a summary. Bowden even cites a study that uses a vegan form of the Atkins diet! Can we eat a low carb RAW diet? That is the topic of my next book. But if you have to eat your carbs, by all means make them raw: Studies show that cooking increases the glycemic index, which causes your body to secrete more insulin.

Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet
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Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn't Work
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