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21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew Paperback – November 9, 2009
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Jimmy Moore quickly became an overnight Internet sensation following his incredible triple-digit low-carb weight loss success in 2004. From his relentless work on the top-rated “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog which has garnered in excess of 4 million visitors since 2005 as one the top diet and health web sites online today to the literally hundreds of highly-respected guests who have appeared on his up-and-coming Top 20 Fitness and Nutrition iTunes podcast “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore” since 2006, Jimmy is a steady voice of reason in an ever-increasing sea of diet insanity. His self-published debut book about his low-carb weight loss success Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year released in 2005. Jimmy lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his beautiful and devoted wife Christine.
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What I liked:
1. Jimmy is an inspiration with respect to his story, how he got there, and his crusade since that time. The passion oozes from the pages and that is so cool.
2. He's first to admit "One size does NOT fit all with respect to diet/nutrition"
3. Low carb continues to rack up scientific evidence via clinical studies and research that show it is a very viable way to eat for CERTAIN people - this is really well documented and supported throughout the book.
What I landed on the fence about:
1. Cholesterol is right up there with the dirtiest words in our American English language. Totally agree that the cholesterol break down and associated ratios involving cholesterol and triglycerides are more critical than just total cholesterol #'s. But, I'm fairly certain there have been peer reviewed non-industry sponsored studies that show higher cholesterol = higher risk of heart disease, cancer, etc.
What I didn't like:
1. Book is long ~492 pages and, as others have noted, could be condensed 25-30% with an editor, without influencing final messages intended by the author. As mentioned, the numerous support/examples for each idea were well supported.
This unique low carb book is unlike others that I have read, and it fills an important niche: encouragement and perspective and information for those people who have perhaps tried low carbohydrate eating and failed, those who might be stalled, or those who are confused about all of the anti-low carb buzz over the last several years. It is the perfect book for those (like me) who are wanting to give low carb living a second look, after struggling and failing with everything else. The author, Jimmy Moore, is a low carb veteran who has been in the trenches for over 5 years, devoting his life to spreading the truth about low carbohydrate living via his blog, his YouTube videos, podcasts, and his previous book. He is a incredibly informed layman and low-carber known for his generosity (he answers every email he receives personally, and constantly encourages others) and for his transparency--to this day he blogs his daily food intake publicly.
This book is not a primer or instruction book on how to do low carb, but an amalgamation of history of the low carb movement, discussion of low carb controversies, autobiography, overcoming low carb objections, and easy to understand explanations of the latest scientific studies. It is a book that each and every person who is interested in low carbohydrate living should have. The author goes into depth about his experience of low carb blogging as well, discussing mistakes he has made and lessons he's learned. The book is organized into 21 "life lessons" like: "Low carb is not even close to being a fad diet" and "The evidence building for low-carb diets in undeniable", and "If you put yourself out there on the Internet, people will judge you".
The author is written in a folksy, conversational style. Although many technical subjects are covered, they are done so in a simple and entertaining way so that the book (although almost 500 pages) is not a strenuous read, but fun and interesting. I should also mention that the font size is large, which is really helpful for me and I'm sure for many others. The book includes a list of low carb books and web sites recommended by the author.
If you are someone interested in healthy living and are familiar with low carb eating, you should read this book. If you think that healthy living and low carb eating are mutually exclusive, then you should REALLY read this book, as it will provide new information and jumping-off places for you to reconsider your own research in this area. If your views about low carb eating are mainly informed by the media, this may be a great deal of new information for you. You may find yourself surprised!
More importantly, the question of "how to lose weight and keep it off forever" has never been a "theoretical one" for Jimmy. Jimmy lost nearly 200 lbs. of weight. Can the author of nearly every other diet book written in the past 30 years say that? Nope.
Aside from Jimmy Moore, the average diet book author is blood-type A male with a metabolism that benefits from exercise. These authors never had a weight problem, so why do we trust them to tell us how to lose weight? Maybe if we stopped reading all these books from authors who do not know how to lose weight themselves, it would not be so hard to actually find someone who lost a lot of weight and kept the weight off.
Jimmy Moore is refreshingly different. Jimmy knows that the low-carb lifestyle will work for weight loss because it worked for him.
"21 Life Lessons..." is useful to anyone who has weight to lose and is looking to trim about 5-10 years off the learning curve of "how not to lose weight"... which would be the regrettable fate of any dieter who passes up the wisdom in this book and the life-based experience of this remarkable author.
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