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The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner Paperback – January 1, 1998

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I wrote this book for the reader who wants an objective, technical, unbiased look at all aspects of ketogenic/low-carbohydrate diets. Readers looking for a light read, or another diet book promising an easy, magical approach to weight loss will probably be disappointed with this book and may want to look elsewhere. I decided to write this book for a few reasons. First and foremost, there is a great deal of misinformation being presented about ketogenic diet. Both proponents and critics of such diets tend to make basic mistakes in the underlying physiology. My first goal was to set the record straight in this regards. Second, there are a number of questions which abound regarding such diets. Most of these questions revolve around exercise, or potential health problems. A book was needed to address all of these issues (and more) in an objective way. Ketogenic diets are not magical (as proponents tend to suggest), nor are they an instant health risk (as critics tend to suggest). Like all dietary approaches, ketogenic diets have pros and cons and this book addresses both.

This book is fairly technical and readers who are frightened off by such detail may find the book difficult reading. However, the majority of feedback I have received indicates that even individuals with non-science backgrounds have had little trouble with the technical sections. As well, I did my best to include enough basic physiology information to make the more technical sections easier to understand. The few very technical sections are set apart as 'Technical Notes' and are not critical to an understanding of the physiology of the diet.

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The Ketogenic Diet A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner

By Lyle McDonald

The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner is the first book to objectively examine the ketogenic diet. This book serves as a reference for the dieter who has questions regarding the physiology, adaptations, and effects of a ketogenic diet. The contents are fully referenced for health professionals such as dietitians, physicians, personal trainers and nutritionists. Anyone interested in the ketogenic diet will find this book a valuable resource.

Topics include:

Human fuel utilization and changes that occur during a ketogenic diet.

Adaptations during the development of ketosis, including a detailed discussion of protein sparing.

The impact of the ketogenic diet on body composition in terms of weight, water and fat loss.

An examination of the potential metabolic effects of ketosis including in the kidney and liver, brain function, and cholesterol levels.

Guidelines for optimization of a ketogenic diet for various goals such as fat loss, bodybuilding, and endurance athletes.

Basic exercise physiology concepts for aerobic exercise, interval training and weight training. The impact of exercise on fat loss is also addressed.

Two modified ketogenic diets, which integrate carbohydrates while allowing the adaptations to ketosis to occur.

Sample exercise routines for beginning, intermediate and advanced exercisers, as well as guidelines for pre-contest preparation for bodybuilders.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Morris Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 323 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0967145600
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0967145600
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.65 pounds
  • Customer Reviews:
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I began my foray into the fitness and health field in 1985 when I got into cycling, swimming and triathlon. I would get involved in gymnastics my senior year of high school and this led me to UCLA to pursue a degree in Kinesiology (exercise physiology). During that time I became interested in the science of sports performance including nutrition, training, and supplementation. I was really trying to fix myself.

During that time I got involved in the growing sport of inline skating (rollerblading) and raced for many years. Cycling and weight training were always part of my training and have been going on decades now. While I was never accomplished in the weight room (I did one powerlifting meet in my 20's and have some Olympic Lifting Experience) I always loved the iron.

In my 20's, I got involved with Dan Duchaine's Bodyopus diet, a cyclical ketogenic diet surrounded by controversy. The Internet was growing and I had been a part of it since 1993 and I started doing more and more writing, culminating eventually in my first book The Ketogenic Diet, A Complete Guide. This was and will always be the textbook on the topic of low-carbohydrate diets and it can be found in libraries and universities in addition to the thousands of copies sold over the years.

Over the next 10+ years, I would dedicate myself to solving various problems related to diet and fat loss, along with athletic performance. My Guide to Flexible Dieting was the first book to discuss the topic of flexible dieting (from which If It Fits Your Macros, a current bandwagon derives).

My Rapid Fat Loss Handbook provides a scientific approach to crash dieting, ensuring maximal nutrition, minimal to no muscle loss and the ability to sustain the loss.

I've also written books aimed at the more advanced dieter. My Ultimate Diet 2.0 allows already lean dieters to reach the extremes of human leanness while gaining muscle. My Stubborn Fat Solution tackles the issue of stubborn abdominal and hip/thigh fat. That was a 10 year project.

I've also written about topics related to sports nutrition. My Protein Book is a complete work on the topic of protein nutrition for athletes. I also wrote a weird little drug booklet titled Bromocriptine that really dealt with bodyweight regulation.

For over 20 years I've dedicated every waking moment to the fitness, health and human performance field. I've been involved in most sports with my most recent adventure being 5.5 years spent in Salt Lake City Utah attempting to make the US Olympic Ice Speed Skating team/Olympic trials.

I've trained powerlifters, Olympic lifters and endurance athletes, prepped bodybuilders for shows along with helping thousands find TRUE solutions to losing fat and improving performance.

At the end of the day I believe in science, research and evidence and I am known for being able to take complex scientific information and making it understandable to those without a background. I don't discount experience but anecdote and individual reports tend to carry little weight.

My journey continues and I have more projects in the wings. The fitness and health field choose me when I was about 16 and that's almost all I've done or known for 25 years. My books are the fruit of that dedication and I hope you enjoy them.

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