Whether you're searching for a practical weight-loss program, simply want to eat better, or are already a committed low-carber looking for ways to make the lifestyle work for you, best-selling author and nutritionist Jonny Bowden reveals the secrets to finding and sticking with a healthy controlled-carb program.
This newly revised and updated edition covers the truth about low-carbohydrate diets and reveals the major culprits in a high-carb diet, offers new information on the addictive properties of wheat and fructose and Bowden's take on The China Study, as well as invaluable ratings of the diet programs on the market.
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The first half of the book is an overview of the state of the science regarding Low Carb dieting now and historically. Having read Gary Taubes books, I am used to his cautious, neutral language regarding the subject. Bowden, however, has very strong opinions and is not at all restrained in his discussions. I enjoyed the lively, colorful way Bowden has of expressing himself.
The second half of the book consists of Bowden's description and review of 14 low carb diet programs. I found them a bit tedious, but I think they would be invaluable to someone seeking a detailed, expert comparison of the nuances of the programs.
I enjoyed Patrick Lawlor's narration as well, it enhanced the lively way Bowden writes.
It's hard for me to review nonfiction books, sometimes, because I feel like I should have a stronger background in research in order to back my positive review. I am not a medical person, but I can say that I found the information in this book to be very compelling. Some of the studies I DO know because I looked them up, but a lot of them, I could not. What I have read, though, does seem to support that a low carb diet is a better choice for most health issues. I thought that the author's willingness to review the different low carb diets was helpful, and I appreciated that he seemed to try to steer clear of trumpeting his own work beyond what is acceptable. Worth a read if you are having autoimmune or any other health problems. Energy dense, though, so you might want to read the book or keep it on hand for reference, as well.
Refuting old research and citing new (or even old accepted as new) research.
What we don't know can kill us.
Worth reading, I think.
Well explained information.
clear to understand
I love this book as a source of information for the different types of low carb eating plans. Really good explained. I will be buying the paperback version for future reference. I just Love it.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I love to read almost anything except diet books. However, 2 years ago having developed microscopic colitis and some big-time middle age spread, I picked up Wheat Belly on sale on Audible and that started me on changing my diet to that point that I have now lost 45 lbs and cured my colitis when none of the expensive drugs did! I got some major help from another excellent audiobook, The Big Fat Surprise, and really just designed my own plan to eliminate wheat and sugar and reduce overall carbs. Now that I am back in my 6's, I very much want to maintain this weight and my colon health so I thought I'd see if I could get some maintenance advice from Living Low Carb and I was very pleased with what I heard. Jonny Bowden does a great job of reviewing a whole slew of low carb plans, but he also provides some good advice on how to jazz up your meals if you are getting bored and how to adjust the components of your diet/exercise/lifestyle to maintain or restart the losing if you hit a plateau. I've spent my whole life believing in low fat as the way to lose weight and I've also spent my whole adult life fighting to stay slim. I was slow to accept the low carb approach, but it is hard to argue with success! My personal experience leads me to believe that low carb is healthier (at least for the colon) and although it is hard to give up the sugar, getting back a little fat (butter, olive oil, cream, coconut oil - all the things that make food so yummy) has more than made up for that for me. I'm so glad Audible made these books available because I might have missed out on something that truly has changed my life. There are so many approaches to low carb that you can probably find one that will fit your lifestyle and Jonny Bowden reviews almost all of them in this book. Check it out if you are searching or if you just need some tips and tricks to stay motivated on the plan you have.
Fulfillment and Exuberance
I've listened to this book several times already. It's extremely informative and thorough. He reviews over 20 of the popular low-carb diets on the market today. It was great to get an overview of each of them. I love the frequently asked questions section and the tips for making a low-carb lifestyle work. The author really knows his stuff. I learned so much from this book. The man reading the book did a great job too. His voice is actually similar to the author's. I definitely recommend this book for anyone considering going on a low-carb program.
The 5 Needs in Life
This was one of the best books I have read/heard on low-carb eating. The information was clear and concise, encouragement was given with reason, and the narration was very well done.
This was a great deal of information about low carb in general... Not just one specifically designed diet.
I recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a change from the conventional American diet and nutritional advice. Living Low Carb is full of great information that will educate you on what is really good for your body and also motivate you to make positive changes. The audio book was very well narrated, it was easy to listen to and follow.
Most of my life, I have had a weight problem. And also, most of my life I have been told the way to manage it has been through calorie management. I finally realize after reading this book how wrong that was. I understand better how my body processes nutrients, and realize now my weight problems have come not from overeating calories, but from the incredibly high carbohydrate diet modern US culture prescribes. As a runner and an airman, diet nutrition and weight are immensely important and even critical to my career. The information in this book may have saved all of that.
I don't agree with everything in here. For example, I think it's wrong when anyone writes off clinical depression as a temporary issue caused by something we can easily change. Also, I don't know that I would be proud to call myself a card carrying member of PETA. But I gained some of the most valuable knowledge I've ever received about weight management and physiology from this book and highly recommend it.
Anyone who is struggling with weight loss or health issues NEEDS to listen to this book. Very scientific, but easy to understand. The narrator is great and reads with personality and humor. I listened to parts several times, it was so interesting. Highly recommended.
"LIFE-CHANGING for those of us craving RESULTS!"
I'm so grateful I found this book! Jonny Bowden has made something I've struggled with my whole life possible and I'd recommend his book again and again. Every easy to understand explanation of how the foods we choose to eat define our bodies gives me the confidence to eat well day after day with truly remarkable results!
I love how well researched this book is and how real world examples are used throughout.
This is the first Patrick Lawlor performance I've listened to and I really enjoyed it.
Finally understanding why my previous attempts to manage my weight weren't working and would never work flooded me with hope and now results. I'm feeling happier now than ever!
Start this book and enjoy transforming your body today :)
A very well thought out and convincing book. It is full of very useful information and is very revealing. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get to the facts about dieting and how the body reacts to carbs and insulin. Very well narrated.
"A great informative listen"
This is not a fad book about crazy diets its a really well presented balanced view of how our understanding of fat, carbohydrates and proteins are changing.
The book has a lot to offer but for me the best thing I took from the book was this.
Controlling weight is about controlling insulin. You learn what affects insulin and what doesn't, surprisingly fat.
Be sure to listen to the reviews of the diets at the end before making a decision on which one to do. He has done all the hard work for you and the summary is excellent.
My best quote from the book comes from the reviews at the end on the discussion of fatty livers.
You don't lose weight to become healthy, you become healthy to lose weight.
The narrator Patrick Lawlor does a fantastic job too. One of the best narrations of any book I have.
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