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Great for science, but very little practical advice
on 3 January 2013
If you're into science and debunking theories against low carb diets, this book is the one for you. A lot of the scientific information in it is very technical, but there is still a fair bit a layperson like me can understand. I'm sure I wouldn't have to look to hard to find a counterpart text that criticises all the studies on high fat diets as well.
While I knew this book was scientific, I was under the impression it gave practical advice on how to follow the diet. I was quiet disappointed when the only reference for an allowed list of foods was the author's other book The New Atkins which I will not be buying on principle! The final two chapters have a limited number of recipes and suggested daily meals for a month, a lot of them which sounded nice, but most of which didn't have any accompanying recipes.
This was not the book for me. I became quickly bored by the criticized experiments (a main problem is a lot were done for under two weeks before the benefits of low carb can kick in) and was after more practical advice. The information on sodium was interesting, if you're following a low carb diet you apparently need to be sure to get 5 grams of sodium daily to make up for what you naturally excrete from the process, but that was the main gem I took from this book.