The resources below may be of value in learning about the traditional and scientific evidence which supports a healthy diet. I've read all of the books several times over, bought them for loved ones and friends, and I recommend all of these books and websites without reservation.
Books, Movies and Websites
- The War on Insulin: Dr. Peter Attia's blog on nutrition's relationship with weight loss, optimal health, and peak athletic performance.
- Denver's Diet Doctor:
If you live in or near Denver and you are looking for a good physician
who understands how to apply a low carb diet, I can highly recommend
Dr. Jeff Gerber. He's warm, friendly, and an expert in Low-Carb
High-Fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleolithic and Primal diets. Check out his
Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making
the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and
by Dr. Jeff Volek, and Dr. Stephen Phinney. This book is written for
the medically minded lay reader, and the health professional with
questions about the safety of low carb diets. The book is cutting edge,
and includes information from studies that as of June 2011, have not
been published yet.
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
This book specifically addresses athletic performance on a low carb
diet. You can sustain your exercise program even when eating low carb.
- New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.
by Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. Jeff Volek, and Dr. Stephen Phinney. This
book should finally torpedo any doubts about the safety of a low carb
diet for good health. The authors have a whole chapter on the proven
science behind the efficacy of low carb diets in normalizing blood
sugar and cardiovascular lipids.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage) by Gary Taubes.
Mr. Taubes has written a book that should awaken even the most ardent
low fat supporter to the truth: low fat diets are useless for losing
weight or improving your health. He dismantles the low fat dogma and
the current "eat less, exercise more" weight loss dogma with exquisite
logic and sound documentation. Read this book, and buy your physician a
- The Protein Power Lifeplan by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades.
This was the first book I read about the benefits of a low carb diet.
It is jammed packed with useful information, and it makes the science
supporting the effectiveness of low carb diets understandable and hard
to refute. And, it was fun to read! This is one my most favorite
books, and I refer to it constantly.
- The Rosedale Diet by Ron Rosedale. This is a great book to read to understand the effects of high blood sugar and high insulin levels on your health.
- The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger by Diana Schwarzbein.
Dr. Schwarzbein includes some wonderful personal stories in this
book, and she talks about how she came to a realization that the diet
the American Diabetes Association recommends was making her patients
sicker. A great book about food, health and diabetes.
- Life Without Bread by Christian Allan and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D.
A well researched, fully footnoted, excellent book for understanding
the scientific evidence for the benefits of a low carb diet.
- Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol by Mary Enig, PhD. This has a great section on the dangers of transfats.
- Alzheimer's Solved: Condensed Edition by Henry Lorin, DDS. Dr. Lorin presents a very coherent, very convincing theory about the causes of Alzheimers and how to address them.
- 21 Life Lessons From Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew
Jimmy Moore is undeniably one of the strongest proponents of the
healthy benefits of a low carb diet. After shedding 180 pounds in 2004,
he quickly realized that low-carb was not only about losing weight,
but about living healthy as well.
- Fat Head by Tom Naughton.
This movie is a perfect source of information about how bad health
advice from the Federal government has impacted America's collective
health. And surprise, obesity doesn't happen because McDonald's offers
super-sized meals. Get this and watch it. It's hilarious AND
informative! Check out the movie blog too!
- Mark Sisson's Daily Apple
Mark Sisson offers some great information here about eating the paleo way, which translates into a clean, whole foods way of eating. Lots of good information on this site. His book, The Primal Blueprint is a must read.
- Weight of the Evidence:
This blog by Regina Wilshire discusses the evidence for the efficacy
of a lower carb diet in providing optimal nutrition and controlling
insulin and blood sugar response.
- Whole Health Source blog series on the evidence (or lack thereof) that saturated fat causes heart disease.
- Jimmy Moore has put together a A list of physicians who recommend a low carb way of eating.
- The Nutrition and Metabolism Society:
The Nutrition and Metabolism Society is the premier source for cutting
edge research on the efficacy of low carbohydrate diets in improving
everyone's health. I highly recommend that everyone support them by
joining their organization. They are leading the way on low carb
- If you are looking for more low carb recipes, visit Linda's Low Carb Recipes. Linda is a long time low carber, and she includes her comments about her personal test of each recipe.
- Check out Dana Carpender's blog "Hold the Toast". Dana has been leading the way for the low carb way of life for quite a while now. Her book How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds is one my favorites on the low carb way of life. She has also authored several low carb cookbooks including 500 Low-Carb Recipes and the newer 300 15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes.
- Anyone with diabetes should be reading Dr. Bernstein's website and his books Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars and The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein's Low-Carbohydrate Solution
- Controlled Carb Nutrition
is committed to providing accurate and concise information regarding
the benefits and uses of a controlled carbohydrate lifestyle based on
the Atkins Nutritional Approach.
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program to Get the Results You Want in 12 Minutes a Week by Dr. Doug McGuff. This is my bible for high intensity weight training. He has also published The Body By Science Question and Answer Book which answers more specific questions.
- Slow Burn Fitness: Fred Hahn's Slow Burn program is excellent for stabilizing blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance and losing weight.
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
by William Davis, MD. Dr. Davis has written a fun to read, research
based book on the dangers of modern wheat consumption. It's on my
bookshelf right next to all the other books which discuss the dangers of
- The Ketogenic Diet:
An excellent book by Lyle McDonald which examines in detail and
without bias the science of how a ketogenic diet effects metabolism,
weight loss, and muscle mass. Heavily referenced for those who are
interested in further study on this subject.
- Why Low Carb Diets Work:
This is a great website from my friend Adam Kosloff. He explains why
low carbohydrate diets work, and why they work better than low calorie
diets. Adam also has blog called Caloriegate with some his ideas on why calorie counting is not the holy grail of weight loss.
- All Day, I Dream About Food: I am in total admiration of all the work Ms. Ketchum has done to develop some fantastic low carb baking recipes. Kudos!
- Kent Altena's Atkins Diet Geek Blog:
Another great resource for low carb recipes from a guy who lost 200
pounds following the Atkins diet. The recipes are all in video format -
Carbing Among Friends: Gluten-free, Low-carb, Atkins, Wheat-Belly,
Friendly to: Paleo, Primal, Wheat-free, Sugar-Free, Recipes, Diet,
Cookbook a new and totally engaging low carb cookbook from the some of the most creative low carb cooks around.
- The Ketogenic Diet: Another web resource for people interested in ketogenic dieting.
- The Keto Cookbook: Innovative Delicious Meals for Staying on the Ketogenic Diet: This cookbook is a great resource for parents who are implementing the ketogenic diet for epileptic children.
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