Resources for Further Research and Reading
I have the found the resources below to be of great value in learning about the traditional and scientific evidence which supports a ketogenic 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 to anyone wanting to learn more about low carbohydrate diets in general.
- Metabolic Optimization: a new blog featuring interviews and information from Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, ketone expert and researcher at the University of South Florida and Travis Christofferson, author of Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure.
- Diet Doctor: Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt's website makes keto simple and easy to adopt. He has some great free recipes and meal plans, and lots of great content for a very small subscription fee.
- Tuit Nutrition: Amy has followed a lower carbohydrate diet with intermittent periods of ketosis for ten years. She wrote her graduate thesis on the use of ketogenic diets as therapy for Alzheimer's disease and now helps others understand the myriad benefits of carbohydrate restriction. She can help you too!
- Low Carb RN: Kelley Pounds is a certified diabetes educator and she has a lot to say about the benefits of a low carb, high fat diet for diabetics, some great recipes, and much more on her blog. She is in the process of building her blog up, so keep checking back for new material.
- Dietary Therapies: Miriam Kalamian's website featuring her family story and new book.
- Big Fat Surprise: this is the companion website for Nina Teicholz' excellent and important book on how the whole low fat, whole grain lie got started. The book title is the same: "The Big Fat Surprise."
- Lean Messengers: this site is a nice science based resource on ketosis, exercise and optimal living from a person who has figured out what works for him and is sharing it with others.
- 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 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 good 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.
- 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 research resources.
- Linda's Low Carb Recipes. Linda is a long time low carber, and she includes her comments about her personal test of each recipe. Huge collection of recipes here.
- 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. I list her books below in the book section.
- 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.
- 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 - neat idea.
- 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.
- The Ketogenic Diet: Another web resource for people interested in ketogenic dieting.
- All Day, I Dream About Food: Ms. Ketchum has done a lot of work in developing her low carb baking recipes, and there are some great recipes here. She also has new book out called The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen.
- QueenKeto: There are some unusual and interesting recipes on this blog.
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable: 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 copy too.
- 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.
- Dana Carpendar's 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
- 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 wheat consumption.
- 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.
- Low 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 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.
- Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss by Johnny Bowden, PhD, CNS. This book does a great job of covering the various types of low carb diets available.
- The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. Another compelling read on the drug that is sugar.
- The Hacking of the American Mind by Robert Lustig, MD, MSL. Interesting exploration of "neuromarketing" or how corporations appeal to our brain chemistry to sell products.
- Keto for Cancer: Miriam Kalamian's new book on her journey and the science and coaching aspects of working with cancer patients on the ketogenic diet.
Movies and Videos
- 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!
- Jeff Volek, RN, PhD - The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, and Beyond. Excellent presentation by one of the top researchers in ketogenic diets.
- Dr. Donald Layman: Protein are we on track or on time? Great talk on protein requirements for good health by one of the top protein researchers in the world.
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