Top Low Carb Books
These are my Top Low Carb Books (in no particular order). My list has evolved to be far more than my original Top 10, and no doubt more will appear in the future as more are published.
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Low Carb High Fat
Advice and recipes to improve your health and reduce your weight. You hear miraculous stories in the news all the time–a man loses 370 pounds, another is able to return ten of his twelve medications at the pharmacy, and an epileptic child suddenly stops having seizures–each experiences a miraculous change in health, all from simply changing his or her diet. Fascinatingly, these stories all have one thing in common; the subjects started eating the opposite of what they had previously been told was healthy. The dietary guidelines they had learned growing up had failed them. Medical science has long turned a blind eye to such stories. But now the tide is changing, as more and more major studies are being conducted on what the body truly needs to survive–and the findings are alarming. The belief in eating less fat and less saturated fat is mistaken. Inadvertently, this advice may be the biggest reason behind the obesity and diabetes epidemic. It’s time to take a stand; it’s time for real food again!
What The Fat
Written by Professor grant Schofield and Dr Caryn Zinn, two of the world’s best LCHF experts, What The Fat outlines the science behind LCHF and how to make it work for you. The ‘Fat Professor’ and the ‘Whole food dietician’ is the ultimate easy guide to going low carb and eating whole foods. Along with Michelin trained chef, makes this a fabulous first book to read or gift to family who are wanting to make some lifestyle changes.
Join this fabulous trio and help them flip the food pyramid on it’s head. Let’s change the world and how we eat.
Dr Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution
DR. BERNSTEIN’S DIABETES SOLUTION is a unique resource that covers both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, explains step-by-step how to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent or reverse complications and offers detailed guidelines for establishing a treatment plan. Readers will find fifty gourmet recipes, in addition to a comprehensive discussion of diet, obesity, and new drugs to curb carbohydrate craving and overeating. Now in its fourth edition, the book presents up-to-the-minute information on insulin resistance, blood-testing devices, measuring blood sugar, new types of insulin, gastroparesis and other issues, as well as updated diet guidelines. DR. BERNSTEIN’S DIABETES SOLUTION is the one book every diabetic must own.
The Complete Guide To Fasting
Thousands of books have been written about the latest and greatest diets that will help people lose weight and improve health. But a key element in any successful nutritional health program is a tried-and-true method that most people haven’t thought about—yet it could be revolutionary for taking health to the next level. This ancient secret is fasting.
Fasting is not about starving oneself. When done right, it’s an incredibly effective therapeutic approach that produces amazing results regardless of diet plan.
Good Calories, Bad Calories – Why We Get Fat
For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
Taubes argues that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, like white flour, easily digested starches, and sugars, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning science writer Gary Taubes shows us that almost everything we believe about the nature of a healthy diet is wrong.
The Big Fat Surprise
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz documents how the low fat approach and dietary advice we have been given for the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health. We have been told to cut down on our fat, especially saturated fat, but we are not getting thinner because we are not trying hard enough. What if the foods we were denying ourselves were the problem? By eating good fats again may be the key to reversing the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
How the olive oil industry sprung from the fear of the Mediterranean culture losing their way and olive groves being cut down. How the soy industry ran a smear campaign on the coconut oil industry. How the wheat industry lobbies to get a larger part of the food pyramid. A mind blowing, eye opener.
Real Meal Revolution
Tim Noakes is a professor of exercise and sports nutrition at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is one of the worlds leading experts on Low Carb High Fat (Banting as they call it in SA). He has run over 70 marathons and ultra marathons, ate a ‘healthy’ diet, yet still developed Type 2 diabetes. The Real Meal Revolution has been written by Prof Tim Naokes, Sally-Ann Creed and Jonno Proudfoot. It is the fastest selling cookbook in South African history. “Changing The World. One Meal At A Time”.
Art & Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living
This is the ultimate guide to low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinny have 50 years of clinical experience between them, and written over 200 research papers. This is the ultimate book for those wanting to learn about their health, and for health and medical professionals.
- Fat is the ultimate fuel. Our bodies do not require glucose and will run far more efficiently on fat.
- Carbohydrate restriction is the answer to diabetes, metabolic syndrome, athletic performance, PCOS.
- Restricting carbs improve blood glucose control, blood lipids and reducing inflammation not using any drugs.
Handpicked Low Carb Cookbooks
Click on any of the cookbooks to buy now. I am sent many cookbooks to review, and these are my handpicked best low carb and keto books to buy.
Low Carb Living For Families
How does a family eat low carb and what does that mean? In Low-carb Living for Families, Monique le Roux Forslund answers all these questions and explains why reducing the carbohydrates and simultaneously increasing the consumption of natural, healthy fats is good for you and your family.
In addition to over 100 delicious and healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, special occasions and snack time for the whole family (including babies!), Low-carb Living for Families provides easy-to-follow, practical tips and inspiration for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
I Quit Sugar
Sarah Wilson has now written a series of “I Quit Sugar” books. Her week-by-week guide to quitting sugar to lose weight, her “how to” quit sugar and finally “how to quit for life“. She will show you by Quitting Sugar, it will boost energy; and improve your looks, mood, and overall health, with sugar-free recipes. Sarah Wilson thought of herself as a relatively healthy eater. She didn’t realise how much sugar was hidden in her diet, or how much it was affecting her well-being. When she learned that her sugar consumption could be the source of a lifetime of mood swings, fluctuating weight, sleep problems, and thyroid disease, she knew she had to make a change. Contributions from Gwyneth Paltrow, Curtis Stone, Dr. Robert Lustig (“The Fat Chance Cookbook“), and Angela Liddon (“Oh She Glows”) “I Quit Sugar “makes it easy to kick the habit for good, lose weight, and feel better than ever before. This plan and the recipes are designed for lasting wellness.” — Sarah Wilson.
Sugar Free – 8 Weeks To Freedom
Sugar Free – 8 weeks to freedom is packed with recent scientific research and nutritional advice to help you understand addiction to sugar and carbohydrates, including a chapter by Dr Nicole Avena, research neuroscientist, author and expert in nutrition, diet and addiction. It provides eight weeks of meal plans, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, by nutritionist Emily Macguire, and includes journal exercises to help you break free from the mental, physical and emotional traps of old eating patterns.
The Great Cholesterol Myth
The Great Cholesterol Myth sets out the shoddy science, manipulated research, and corporate greed that has perpetuated the cholesterol myth. Cholesterol and saturated fat are not the cause of heart disease, and the standard advice of low fat diet and cholesterol lowering drugs are actually contributing to our health crisis and increasing obesity rates. A brilliant book explaining why the current heart disease treatment protocols based on lowering cholesterol are wrong and outdated.
- Cholesterol is a minor player in heart disease. The only time it is a problem is when it is oxidised (damaged), sticking to the lining of the arteries and begins inflammation.
- Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Half the people with heart disease have normal cholesterol, Half the people with high cholesterol have healthy hearts
- Sugar and high carb diets, raise insulin which raises cholesterol, triglycerides and inflammation. These are the true cause of heart disease.
- Cholesterol is required by almost every cell in your body. Enzymes convert cholesterol into hormones, Vit D, bile salts, cell membranes, you brain is particularly rich in cholesterol where very nerve cell is coated with a fatty myelin sheath.
- Lowering you cholesterol is linked to poor cognitive function, depression, aggression, and a loss of sex drive.
- The number one dietary contribute to heart disease is sugar, which is a far greater danger to you heart than fat.
The Obesity Code – by Dr Jason Fung
We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic, but despite being inundated with diet advice we are only getting fatter. We count calories and exercise regularly, yet still the pounds won’t budge. Why? In this highly readable and provocative book, Dr Jason Fung sets out a that obesity is caused by our hormones, rather than a lack of self-control. He reveals that overproduction of insulin in the body is the root cause of obesity and obesity-related illnesses including type 2 diabetes, and offers robust scientific evidence that reversing insulin resistance is the only way to lose weight in the long term. It turns out that when we eat is just as important as what we eat, so in addition to his five basic steps – a set of life-long eating habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels – Dr Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight – for good.
The Low Carb Companion
The Low-Carb Companion is the life-changing nutrition book you must read. A concise, fact-filled expose on eating your way to effective weight-loss and the reversal of diabetes, it is your handbook to life-long health. Have you had enough of your excess body weight, your bulging belly and that body shape that makes you shy away from appearing in a swimsuit in public? Are you tired of your doctor always getting on your case about losing weight and going on about your rising blood pressure, ‘bad’ cholesterol, clogged heart arteries and impending diabetes? Are you fed up with dieting fads, pills and all the exercise that are not working to achieve weight loss? ‘Yes, yes and yes’ you say, as do so many others like you. Well, then, it is time!
Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls “wheat bellies.”. Wheat Belly explains how many problems can be attributed to modern ‘wheat’. The wheat belly cookbooks include a range of family favourites which get the ‘wheat free’ makeover. In Grain Brain, renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.
Cholesterol & Keto Clarity
Jimmy Moore has to be the best known low carb bloggers and pod caster. He is Mr Livin La Vida Low Carb. You won’t find this kind of comprehensive, cutting-edge, expert-driven cholesterol information all in one place anywhere else. Has your doctor told you your total and/or LDL cholesterol is too high and thus requires you to take immediate action to lower it? Has the solution to your “high cholesterol” been to cut down on your saturated fat intake, eat more “healthy” whole grains and vegetable oils, and possibly even take a prescription medication like a statin to lower it to “desirable” levels? If so, then this is the book for you. Keto Clarity and Cholesterol Clarity will explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet–one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats–which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, from Type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer’s and more.
Dr Robert Lustig is an American Paediatric Endocrinologist at the University of California, and author of Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease.Why our dietary guidelines are wrong and actually fuelling the obesity and type 2 diabetic epidemic. He explains how insulin resistance, leptin resistance, insatiable hunger, hormonal imbalances, appetite control and weight gain are ALL connected.
That Sugar Film
In the health documentary That Sugar Film, writer and director Damon Gameau enlists the help of Stephen Fry, Hugh Jackman and leading scientists around the world to shine a light on the terrible effects of sugar. In a Supersize Me-style experiment, he changes his diet to include 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days – the average daily sugar intake in Australia – and monitors the effect on his body. But here is the catch – he cannot eat chocolate, sweets, ice cream or cake; the sugar must come from ‘healthy’ foods. In this illustrated That Sugar Book, Damon explains how sugar damages our bodies and our minds, and how easy it is to consume sugar without even knowing it. Revealing the astonishing amounts of sugar hidden in supposedly healthy foods on supermarket shelves – such as low-fat yoghurt, muesli and children’s fruit snacks – Damon makes us realise the damage we unknowingly do to ourselves and our families when we make poor food choices, and shows us how to make it right. With an up-close account of Damon’s sugar experiment, and sugar-free recipes to help you wean off the white stuff, That Sugar Book is a startling wake-up call to those of us who have never questioned what’s really in our food.
Renowned neurologist Dr David Perlmutter, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: gluten and carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr Perlmutter explains in Grain Brain what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.
The Meat Fix
For twenty-six long years, John Nicholson was a vegetarian. No meat, no fish, no guilt. He was a walking advert for healthy eating. Brown rice, lentils, tofu, fruit, vegetables, low fat and low cholesterol – in the battle of good food versus bad, he should have been on the winning side. But the exact opposite was true. Incredibly ill with fatigue, chronic IBS, joint pain and not to mention he was fat with high cholesterol. Going against all the official healthy-eating advice, he returned to an old fashioned red-blooded, full-fat, high-cholesterol diet. The results were spectacular. Twenty-four hours later, he felt better. After forty-eight hours he was fighting fit. Twelve months on, he had become a new person. His health was utterly transformed. He was first shocked, then delighted, then damn angry. The Meat Fix charts one man’s journey to the top of the food chain, uncovering in the process an alternate universe of research condemning everything we think we know about healthy eating as little more than illusion, guesswork and marketing.
Death By Food Pyramid
How shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests ruined your health. How the food pyramid we use today was formed by bad science, wheat lobbyists and food stamps!
Yes how to feed the US cheaply and scientists egos are to blame. So are the USDA, Department of Agriculture and Government funding.
Sweet Poison helps you understand and break your addiction to sugar. This book sets out to investigate the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty-first century. It’s not our fault we’re fat; sugar was once such a rare resource that we haven’t developed an off-switch – we can keep eating sugar without feeling full; in the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than 2 pounds a week; eating that much sugar, you would need to run 4.5 miles every day of your life to not put on weight; and food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through ‘non-sweet’ products like bread, sauces and cereals. In Sweet Poison David Gillespie exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical information on how to quit sugar.
Optimum Health The Paleo Way
I’m not a paleo advocate as such because it not necessarily low carb, but it is based on real food, unprocessed food the way our ancestors used to eat. I think their way of eating is too meat based for me and many consume too many starchy carbs, honey and dried fruit, but I like reading their books for information and recipes which I can adapt (remove the root vegetables and cut down on the fruit). Optimum Health is a good all round source of nutrition advice e.g.: which oils and why, what is the problem with our omega 3/6 ratio etc.
Achieving optimal health without calorie-counting, diet foods or feelings of deprivation has never been easier. Practical Paleo explains why avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as ‘healthy’ – like grains, legumes and pasteurized dairy – will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss. Even better – you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders!
21 Day Sugar Detox
The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will reset your body and your habits! Tens of thousands of people have already used this ground-breaking guide to shatter the vicious sugar stronghold. Now it’s your turn! Use the easy-to-follow meal plans and more than 90 simple recipes in this book to bust a lifetime of sugar and carb cravings in just three weeks. Three levels of the program make it approachable for anyone, whether you’re starting from scratch or from a gluten-free, grain-free or Paleo lifestyle.
Primal Body, Primal Mind
Examining the healthy lives of our pre-agricultural Paleolithic ancestors and the marked decline in stature, bone density and dental health and the increase in birth defects, malnutrition and disease following the implementation of the agricultural lifestyle, Nora Gedgaudas shows how our modern grain- and carbohydrate-heavy, low-fat diets are a far cry from the high-fat, moderate-protein hunter-gatherer diets we are genetically programmed for, leading not only to lifelong weight gain but, also, to cravings, mood disorders, cognitive problems and “diseases of civilisation” – such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and mental illness. Applying modern discoveries to the basic hunter-gatherer diet, she culls from vast research in evolutionary physiology, biochemistry, metabolism, nutrition and chronic and degenerative disease to unveil a holistic lifestyle for true mind-body health and longevity. Revealing the primal origins and physiological basis for a high-fat, moderate-protein, starch-free diet and the importance of adequate omega-3 intake – critical to our brain and nervous system, – she explains the nutritional problems of grains, gluten, soy, dairy and starchy vegetables; which natural fats promote health and which harm it.
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