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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 [Paperback]

Jeff S. Volek PhD RD , Stephen D. Phinney MD PhD
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19 May 2011
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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  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Obesity LLC (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983490708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983490708
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing - on more than one level 31 Jan 2012
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This book is written by two people who really seem to know their subject. They provide what seems to me to be a really well argued and informed thesis for why we should adopt a low-carb lifestyle. I had to go over some of the technical bits more than once but in general the book is a good read, I finished it in three sessions. I also found it very useful in taking me on from where Gary Taubes' 'Diet Delusion' ('Good Calories, Bad Calories' in the US) and 'Why we get fat' left off. After reading these three books I feel that I understand very clearly the politics of food and the mechanisms of good diet (not 'diet' as in 'dieting' but diet as in what you eat), how to eat well and how to keep my weight down. This book advocates a diet with more fat and higher salt levels than other authors (such as the otherwise excellent John Briffa) and has shown me where I can improve my regime and overcome one or two minor niggles which I do not remember taking in before. It really is a different perspective to what we have been brought up with for the past 30 - 40 years and as the authors note; if you are not prepared for that mind shift you won't get the most from it!

The book is reasonably priced as a Kindle book but for some reason seems to be very expensive as a paper book - don't understand that but I am happy with the Kindle option myself.

I have lost > 50lbs (5 trouser sizes!) in approx 18 months on a low carb diet, my numerous allergies have dissapeared along with my waist and I genuinely feel healthier than I have for years.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 8 Jun 2013
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I've read just about every diet book on the market over the last 20 years looking for "the answer," the understanding that finally helps me shed my excess 6 stones (84 lbs!). I've even read and tried, but only with partial success, the original Atkins diet book. But nothing ever really stuck with me for more than a few weeks before I was back-sliding and looking for something else. This book changed everything. It filled in my understanding of low-carb dieting and put both the research basis and practicalities in place to make cutting carbs really work for me. As I have a scientific background (physics), I find it very hard to take seriously the low fat diet hypothesis (no evidence) and I cringe when someone says something about calories in/calories out, but this is a book written by people who actually understand their subject area deeply and their scholarship leaps off the page.
Cut a long story short: in my 40th year in the planet (32nd year as an obese person; 20th year as grossly obese), I have finally shed a ton of weight without any adverse effects (no headaches, lethargy, cotton-mouth, weird palpitations, and NO CRAVINGS) and feel better than I have in 2 decades. My stomach acid (which led to 2 ulcers) has gone completely - well, I mean, it is there but not causing any discomfort. The second best thing about this book, after the astonishing ease with which it's advice and understanding led me to lose weight, is that it fills in so many gaps in understanding that previous low carb and other diet books left. That means that I finally have proper answers for when doctors, colleagues and family get all stressed out with my diet being composed of about 95% (by calories) meat, fish and eggs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! 15 Aug 2011
By Gaby
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This is a great source for those researching metabolic syndrome, diabetes, low carb diets, and healing and longevity in general. The authors synthesize a lot of material and their clinical experience. A must read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars controversial and compelling 27 Mar 2013
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This is perhaps the clearest and most compelling book on low carb eating I've come across - having read much on this subject over the last few decades.

An outstanding, detailed, practical and, at the same time, often surprisingly witty book about health improvements created by a diet that includes saturated fat and excludes starchy and sugary carbohydrates. These top researchers offer a rewarding and enlightening discussion, quite unique in the current low carb literature. The sections on how saturated fats track with overall health and how low carb, high fat diets reduce inflammation, and why someone on a low-carb diet may want to increase their intake of sodium and magnesium, are all fascinating.

Yes, this book is controversial. As the authors write, "If you want clear, unabridged, and hard-hitting nutrition science, buy this book. If you want the mainstream consensus view, put it down gently and tip-toe quietly away."

One of the most important points covered is the starting, or induction, phase of the diet. Many people abandon a low carb diet within two weeks because of weakness or other debilitating symptoms. The book discusses the causes and remedies to get through this early stage and emphasises that the diet must be truly low carbohydrate to work; some must reduce carbohydrate intake to as little as 20 grams per day to reduce weight, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. in a significant way. I haven't seen this information anywhere else.

However, I have to point out that there is a large minority who do not succeed in weight loss or health improvements even on an extremely low carb diet.
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Published 24 days ago by Rafal Pielka
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
Heavy going in parts but ultimately rewards the effort. Meticulously referenced data and real life examples complete a masterly work of great value and potential influence.
Published 2 months ago by nogbad
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The book's clearly written with a detailed enough explanation of the science to allow you to understand the data and theories put forward about the way the body handles fats, carbs... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brinkley
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I am gradually moving over to this way of eating, following on from meeting the wonderfully insoiring Zoe Harcombe. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JillyCooperFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you want to know the science behind low carb eating this is the go to book. Very well written and great for those raised on a 'normal' diet who need convincing about carb... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Karen Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctors should at the very least, read this
Doctors should at the very least read this to inform their practice and help their patients rather than issuing one prescription after another.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. R. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Desparately needs Kindle Chapter Markers!!
I bought this book because I've read The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance by the same authors, and having just completed my first week of low carb living, I am finding it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by lauren c.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent contribution to human nutrition
A must read for everyone...after all every person is a nutritionist!

Time to banish high-carb foods and beverages to the archives under the heading "Nutritional... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr Peter Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Informative, but too technical for average folks, but you can skip the parts you find too difficult to grasp or unnecessary. It is more suitable for healthcare professionals.
Published 6 months ago by Silvija Avar
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must
A thorough insight into Low Carb living, weighing the pros and cons scientifically but presented in a way that is easy to understand. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jason Rowell
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