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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Obesity LLC; 1St Edition edition (May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983490708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983490708
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carbohydrate restricted diets are commonly practiced but seldom taught. As a result, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses may have strong opinions about low carbohydrate dieting, but in many if not most cases, these views are not grounded in science.? ? ? Now, whether you are a curious healthcare professional or just a connoisseur of diet information, two New York Times best-selling authors provide you with the definitive resource for low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinney share over 50 years of clinical experience using low carbohydrate diets, and together they have published more than 200 research papers and chapters on the topic. Particularly in the last decade, much has been learned about the risks associated with insulin resistance (including but not limited to metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes), and how this condition is far better controlled by carbohydrate restriction than with drugs.? In this book, you will learn why:?

* Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial 'silver bullet' for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.?

* Restricting carbohydrate improves blood glucose and lipids while reducing inflammation, all without drugs.?

* Dietary saturated fat is not a demon when you are low carb adapted.

* Dietary sugars and refined starches are not needed to feed your brain or fuel exercise.?

* Long-term success involves much more than simply cutting out carbs.?

* Electrolyte and mineral management are key to avoiding side effects and ensuring success.

* Trading up from sugars and starches to a cornucopia of nutrient-rich, satisfying, and healthy foods is empowering.?

* Studying hunter-gathers' diets provides clues to how best formulate a low carbohydrate diet.?

This is a great book for health-minded individuals.? It is an excellent book for healthcare professionals.? Best of all, it is the perfect ...

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phung Minh Hoang on April 3 2012
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In the last few years, low-carbohydrate diet has gradually been gaining acceptance among the public. There have been numerous books and articles proving the benefits of a low-carb diet and debunking the current low-fat dogma. However, most of them have been focusing on the WHY of low-carb diet, without showing the HOW. As someone who has been living low-carb for several months, I know from my experience and that of many others that it can be tricky to make the transition to low-carb diet painless and sustainable.

As the title suggests, that is what this book aims to do, and it has done it very successfully for me. The two authors are expert researchers in the field of low-carb diet, with more than 50 years of research and practice experience between them. In this book, they have distilled their knowledge on why and how to implement a low-carb diet down to a level accessible to the general public, without losing all of the scientific rigor. It starts from the very beginning of the journey, addressing many popular misconceptions such as 'carbs are critical', 'ketones are toxic', etc. It then goes on to show sound scientific evidence of how a low-carb diet is the proverbial silver bullet to insulin resistance and low-grade inflammation, the root cause of most of the chronic health problems nowadays. For example, the authors recount a clinical case of a severe diabetic patient, who could stop all insulin injection within one week of a very low-carb diet.

Perhaps the most valuable part of the book, in my opinion, is near the end, where the authors offer ten tips from their experience on what to look out for when transitioning to a low-carb diet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan on Aug. 22 2012
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Thanks to Dr's Phinney and Volek for writing this book. A groundbreaking book that explains in great detail why Low Carbohydrate and High fat (Eee-gads!) diets are not only healthy, but from a blood-sugar and metabolic level, much healthier for us in the long run.

They let go of the stigma that has saturated (no pun intended) nutritional and medical media, that high fat foods are bad for us, and instead give us science, evidence and explanations as to why that isn't the case. Not only that, but for the bold adventurer willing to touch their feet into this type of diet, they also provide essential information as to avoid dangers and pitfalls and make the metabolic transition as smooth as possible.

They also go the extra steps to explain why carb intake, on a large scale is not only dangerous, but possibly the cause of many diseases and ailments affecting millions of North Americans. What's so shocking, is that this knowledge has been known in the medical community for a long time, with a multitude of scientists proving the efficacy of this type of diet, but there has been a staunch refusal to accept this line of research and re-think the dietary guidelines that are currently destroying so many people's health.

Whether that's because of ignorance, arrogance or conscious deception, or a mix of all three, I can't say.

What I can say, as someone who has cut down my carbohydrate intake drastically and shifted over to nutritional ketosis, I've found their insights invaluable in helping me maintain a high level of energy and well-being while doing so. So many of my health issues, like constant gas/bloating, as well as never-ending headaches and neck/joint pains have ceased, and I can attribute that change to the shift in diet away from carbs and towards fat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Banwell on June 9 2013
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I'm a nurse and work in a health and wellness clinic where obesity, poor eating habits (all fast food and carbs), are the main problems. I needed to understand more about the medical ketogenic diet and the effect of carbs. I'm finding it helpful and looking at how people eat differently. I'm trying to introduce green vegetables as fresh food is a last choice for our clients though they are not expensive.
I also like the New Atkins for a New You for the menu plans. Some clients are reading that, as well as other staff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pgnutritionist on April 26 2012
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If you would like an in depth review of the latest nutritional science then this is the book for you. A science background would help but if you don't have one, it could work as long as you are prepared to scan the more detailed parts. The book explains the why and how a low carbohydrate eating style works compared to other diets. Hard cold facts from scientific studies provide indisputable evidence that is accompanied by clear explanations. The authors even reviewed fatty acid metabolism and the importance of short chain fatty acids in energy utilization. These are the same authors involved in writing "The New Aitkins for a New You" which details the different phases of the low carbohydradrate program. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone with a passion for good health prescribed through common sense nutrition and not potentially toxic drugs.
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