The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable Paperback – May 19 2011
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Jeff Volek is a dietitian-scientist who has spent 15 years studying diet and exercise effects on health and performance. He has held an academic position at Ball State University and is currently an associate professor at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Volek has contributed to 3 books, 2 patents, and over 200 papers. He received his dietetic training at Michigan State University and Penrose St Francis Hospital and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from Penn State University. Steve Phinney is a physician-scientist who has spent 35 years studying diet, exercise, fatty acids, and inflammation. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Vermont, Minnesota, and California at Davis, as well as leadership positions at Monsanto, Galileo Laboratories, and Efficas. Dr. Phinney has published over 70 papers and several patents. He received his MD from Stanford University, his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and post-doctoral training at the University of Vermont and Harvard.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Best book I have read on this subject, highly recommended as a definitive guide for those looking for a scientific explanation on this method.Published 3 days ago by cjlizzard
Clearly lays out the foundations of keto and low carb living. Really good to get a solid understanding of the lifestyle. Highly recommended.Published 4 months ago by Carlee
The information is sometimes heavy and difficult to absorb. However, I personally feel that I can live this lifestyle of low carb, high fat as a long-term lifestyle, and be assured... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Johane Andrews
It is written for medical professionals but even to a layperson the book clearly shows how complex the bodily functions are and how much is yet to be discovered. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Merdon Hosking
Enjoyable, clear, sufficient detail for the general reader like myself.Published 15 months ago by Jim Vance
Detailed, informative, inspiring. Everyone should read this book so they may make informed decisions on their diet and health. So read it!Published 18 months ago by don