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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0658001701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0658001703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christian B. Allan, PhD, has performed research on the chemistry of minerals, biochemistry, and nutrition at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and the National Institutes of Health. He currently works for a biotechnology company in Maryland.

Wolfgang Lutz, MD, has studied low-carbohydrate nutrition on thousands of patients in his clinical practice. He has had great success in alleviating their ailments and building a comprehensive theory to explain why low-carbohydrate diets improve human health.


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Life without bread is one of the best, most comprehensive books on changing the way we eat I have come across...

Limit your carbohydrate intake is becoming more and more "normal" to hear because it is helpful advice that actually works on many different levels...

What isn't "normal" advice is the reality of carbohydrate as a food group. All carbohydrate is seen and processed by the body as sugar including the "5 a day" healthy fruit and vegetable advice...

Also what isn't normal advice is the reality that you can eat anything and become better and weight loss is normally a side effect of better principles around eating behaviour.

72 grammes per day is the cut off point before carbohydrate becomes a problem for the body and it begins to store the excess as fat.

Fat = fat seems simple and is wrong...

We use grains to "fatten" animals and yet most people cannot make the connection in their own life. Maybe this is due in part to unhelpful official advice, ongoing food company marketing and maybe even due to the "addictiveness" of genetically modified wheat... And to be honest, the average person just needs some helpful advice and doesn't want to believe that such a "staple food" such as bread has become so problematic...

And that most pre-packaged food contain carbohydrate - take out the fat for so-called health reasons and replace with... Sugar aka carbohydrate...

There is more sugar in your "healthy jacket potato" than in a mars bar...

"Give us today our daily bread".... And limit my intake to 72 grammes or less...
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As a breadaholic I rather wish this book had sailed by under my radar but perhaps it was meant to be?

It is easy to read, even for a non-scientist (like myself), and contains all the latest research findings of diet and nutrition which may well prompt even a casual reader to adopt a radical change to their daily food habits.

The authors explain the dangers of the Western diet in which refined carbohydrates have disproportionally supplanted our protein and vegetable intake to a frightening degree over the past century, prompting the explosion in obesity and Type 2 diabetes which the medical profession is now struggling to reverse.

Following the tips contained in this excellent book, I lowered my carbohydrate intake to 10% and upped my protein over six days and lost 8 pounds without starving or getting off my couch!

So there's food for thought...
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This is a high level analysis of the health benefits of low carbohydrate eating. It is not primarily a diet plan to lose weight, but an explanation of all the benefits of sticking to a maximum of 72 grams of carbohydrate a day. Though Drs Allan and Lutz have written for the non specialist reader, the book is complicated to follow in all its detail. However, those who stick at it may well find it persuasive, as I did, in the arguments and research to which it appeals. Low Carbohydrate appears to have remarkable health benefits for avoiding or improving Diabetes, Heart Disease, Gastro Intestinal Disorders and even Cancer. There is an easy to follow everyday plan for units of 12 grams of carbohydrate which the authors term "Bread Units". Six of these a day and you have your carbohydrate maximum. There is a chart as an appendix which is a whole lot easier than the average carb counter booklet. This is an ideal book for those completing a low carb diet who want to understand its medical benefits and carry on cutting the sugars for life. A handy book also to give your doctor, should your physician have any doubts about the science involved!
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This book covers a lot of ground that other books have already covered, and makes a persuasive case for low carb dieting. But there are two areas where it sheds new insight that isn't available elsewhere, as far as I know.
Lutz himself has been treating a number of ailments with low carb diets for forty years or so, and has a vast reservoir of experience and data, much of which is shared here.
Furthermore, the book is candid about the fact that low carb dieting is not for everyone. Those over 45 and/or female may not benefit so much from the diet.
The arguments for low carb dieting are well made and realistically put.
It's the best book on low carb I've read.
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This book is a good read. It has a lot of great information about why some people should eat a low carb diet and to do so. I have read metabolic typing and this book really helped me understand why some people need less carbs and more fat/protein in their diets. I recently read another book called "Sugar busters!" - A dumbed down version of Life without Bread. Life Without bread is a fantastic book!
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I bought this book as i suffer from IBS and had already read reviews on the book from another person who has IBS who is now symptom free after 6 months into the diet! After reading the book, which is incredibly informative on gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease and weight...it can be slightly complicated at times but is fully explained with easy graphs and explanations, i started the diet and reduced my carbs to 72g a day. I am currently a month into it and already feel amazing, have lost half a stone and have no bloating, pain, diarrhea, although at the moment i am constipated due to the intestines still waiting to get moving properly again, but this is fully explained in the book how this is normal and will heal in time. So i really do recommend this book, at the moment it is a god send and i am hopeful that within the next few months my symptoms will disappear.
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