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The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable

Stephen D. Phinney, Jeff S. Volek · 3 HN comments
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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 gift for health-minded individuals to share with their doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists.
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GP describes the keto diet, which worked for me too. About the cholesterol, better read up on it. The hype about cholesterol has gone out of control. There are multiple types of it, and earlier research wasn't as conclusive as everybody thought. (Just like saturated fats by the way.)



Cholesterol and saturated fats are good for you? So, what, carbs are clogging people's arteries? that's non-nonsensical.

And when you say "worked for [you]" do you mean lost weight or helped with your overall vitals?

From what I've gained, low carb diets are great short term strategies for burning fat but not healthy in the long-term for overall balanced health.

Carbs clogging arteries? That's not what I said.

Low carb diet lowered my weight by 25 lbs, made my GERD disappear, no more taking omeprazol 'for the rest of my life', my gallbladder stopped acting up, and I have more energy as if I was 10 years younger. This was enough to convince me that I'm not going back to eating carbs as I did before.

Sorry I wasn't clear. I was saying that if saturated fats and cholesterol are good for you, then what's clogging people's arteries?
Supposedly what happens is when your body isn't repairing some defects that occasionally happen, and scar tissue grows and other stuff sticks to it.

But typing on my phone, and too busy to provide more references. You can start in the publications I linked to earlier though.

I've tried both and can't stick to low fat. My genotype is carb sensitive. Eating carbs of low nutrient value (bread, grains, pasta ...) makes me hungry. A well formulated low carb diet that has me keto-adapted reduces my appetite dramatically and has me losing 2+ lbs a week. Of course I have to exercise but I have been doing that for years. And I do count calories. It is not hard to stay under my requirement for calories.

It is important to understand what a well formulated low carb diet means. I track protein, carbs and net carbs after fiber. I have targets for each. Fat is mostly from good oils like olive oil.

The study seems flawed. Low carb diets assert that you need to be keto adapted. That can take weeks. It took about 3 weeks for me. And there may be other benefits of keto adapted diets:

I didn't read the study, but the WSJ article also didn't even mention the amount of fat or carbohydrates in the diets. I wouldn't be surprised if a "low-carb, but not actually ketogenic" diet was bad for you - if you're restricting carbs to be lower than the control 50% but still consuming, say, 20% carbohydrates, then you would never even become keto adapted.
There's a lot of scientific evidence supporting a ketogenic lifestyle, distinguishing this movement from fad diets and Attia from a Guru status. If you're interested I would recommend the following book:
I have no background in science, and was totally sucked in by one of Gary Taubes' books precisely because of that. A lot of these authors are incredibly biased and happy to filter science to you in a way that's profitable for them. Volek and his Superstarch is someone I have little respect for. If you haven't come across it, and you're willing to listen to a different viewpoint, I really recommend Have a search for Attia, Taubes, Volek etc and you may find some surprises.
Better would be peer-reviewed journal articles. A lot of books have a tendency to promote the views of the author over providing a balance of information.
Here is a short list of both author's peer-reviewed research papers on the topic.
Interesting. Their two-week adaptation time is consistent with what I noticed in myself. I don't do the diet this strictly. I simply commented to a trainer that I have never been able to successfully work out hard- meaning weight lifting an anaerobic interval training- and lose weight simultaneously.

He suggested I try working out while fasting. Just don't eat 3-4 hours before working out, and have a high quality protein 'meal' (I drink a shake) after the workout.

So far it's been working for me. And I've been working out since I was a young teenager- some three dozen years now.

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