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5.0 out of 5 stars The next time someone tells you low carb is "dangerous"..., January 7, 2010
This review is from: Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss (Paperback)
The hoopla over low-carb diets has all but vanished in the news. Once the low-carb junk foods disappeared, the media quickly dismissed low carb as "dead." (And oh yeah, if you keep eating this way, they said, you would be dead too.)

It's not. And we're not. Plenty of us happily eat low carb, and enjoy optimal health. We look and feel great. We have not died of kidney failure, or whatever "dangers" supposed health experts warn about eating this way.

Thankfully Jonny Bowden has revised his brilliant "Living the Low Carb Life," the absolute best book of its kind to learn about this way of eating. Even if biochemistry scares you away, Bowden has a way of writing that's simultaneously entertaining, enlightening, and a pleasure to read. That's true even if you never group "biochemistry" and "a pleasure to read" in the same sentence.

The new edition contains a chapter about talking to your doctor, some additional reviews of new diet and exercise plans/ books, and more current studies to support low-carb eating. Everything you need to know about eating healthily, taking supplements, exercising, and feeling great is right here. I didn't think this book could get any better, but it did.

Read "Living Low Carb," and you'll have an intelligent, science-based argument for anyone who bemoans how terrible, or unsafe, or whatever, low carb diets can be.

Even people who know better espouse this fallacious thinking. I am almost finished with a Masters degree in nutrition. My professors confirm carbohydrates are the only "non-essential" class of nutrients (absolutely correct, as Bowden points out; the necessary amount is zero grams), and then turn around to say carbs are necessary for energy, that ketosis will create all kinds of problems like fatigue, and of course the classic myth about kidney disease.

Get the facts. The next time your friend or doctor or health "expert" tells you about how dangerous or faddish eating low carb can be, explain that we've been eating this way for millions of years (and that a low-fat diet is the true fad diet). Then knock their argument dead in the water with this engaging, impeccably written and researched book.
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Initial post: Nov 2, 2011 1:14:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2012 12:32:51 PM PST
I. IndieCDs says:
How does anyone know that "we have been eating this way for millions of years". Is that a point that science has proven beyond all doubt?

I think that whether you believe in evolution or you believe that man was created that there are still bonafide reasons to believe that man was "designed" to eat meat, at least at some point during his existence. God did after all tell Noah that he could eat meat when he came off the ark. whether that was his initial prupose or not can perhaps be questioned but IF he was going to be eating meat from this point on he certainly had the physiology to do so or the one who designed him would not have conceded that meat was OK to eat.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 2:35:16 PM PST
Kelly says:
I have never had more energy than when on this way of eating... my clean floors and fresh linens attest to the extra energy that I never had when eating carbs!

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 5:37:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 5:40:09 AM PST
R. Thomas says:
Big kudos to you for getting your Masters in nutrition! We need more sound voices in this field. As a nurse, I feel I have to teach what I know to be bad nutrition to have the support of these patient's doctors and talk out of both sides of my mouth like main stream nutritionists like the Today show RD telling them that what they really need is less starch and sugar, but never mentioning the f word... especially when they're already on statins or protein restrictions etc. None of my patients are motivated to make this committed life-change as we have. Though they're also not committing to their prescribed low-fat diets either :)

I give them another 5 years before they start singing our song and sort of "forget" that they were ever hailing low-fat.
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