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This is a list of some of the best keto books out there. They all take slightly different approaches to keto eating and nutrition, but they have one shared overall premise: stop following the standard American diet!
I have been eating low-carb for 5 years now, and have done my part in reading and researching to decide which nutritional approach is best for me and my family. Thankfully, there is so much information out there now about low-carb eating, the dangers of sugar and wheat, the health benefits of unprocessed, whole foods, and so on.
I am firm believer in research and informed decision, so I have put together a book list of some of the greatest keto/low-carb/unconventional nutrition books. They cover topics from paleo diet, nutrition during pregnancy, the biochemistry and mechanisms of keto eating, and the history of nutritional guidelines. So jump in and get yourself informed!
Good Calories, Bad Calories. This is probably the most in-depth book on keto out there. Written by Gary Taubes, it covers the history of nutritional guidelines, the lack of science behind current guidelines, and explains in detail why it is not the amount of calories that matters when it comes to health and weight.
Wheat Belly. Cardiologist William Davis focuses on the dangers of wheat, from the high-carb content to its addictive properties. He explains how today’s grains are different from what our grandparents ate and provides guidelines to healthy, low-carb eating.
Wheat Belly Total Health. Here, William Davis continues where he left off in Wheat Belly. He discusses in more detail chronic diseases, provides more advise on how to successfully cut out grains, and which supplements work best on a low-carb diet.
The Primal Blueprint. One of the earliest and main books that got the paleo/ancestral diet rolling. Mark Sisson explains why we should eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, why high-carb and grain-based foods make us tired, and which laws to follow to successfully “reprogram” our genes.
The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat. Another book by Mark Sisson, but this time it is for a specific two-step keto diet: becoming fat-adapted and intermittent fasting.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle. Amy Ramos explains the fundamentals of keto eating, draws out at a meal plan, and provides recipes.
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Neurologist David Perlmutter discusses in detail how grains and sugar make us sick by causing dementia, ADHD, anxiety, and headaches.
Real Food for Gestational Diabetes: An Effective Alternative to the Conventional Nutrition Approach. The only book out there that advocates a low-carb approach for women with gestational diabetes. Nutritionist Lily Nichols discusses foods that raise our blood glucose, which foods are good during pregnancy, and how to prepare for a healthy birth.
Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet. A paleo book written by Paul Saladino, it discusses why a meat-based diet is not only healthy, but by how avoiding grains and plants, we can cure chronic diseases.
The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss. Jason Fung discusses in detail the benefits of intermittent fasting, explains how hormones and insulin resistance cause obesity, and lays out a 5-step plan to break the cycle.
The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. Physician Terry Wahls shares how she reversed symptoms of her multiple sclerosis (MS) by eating paleo and explains how the removal of gluten, dairy, and sugar can affect autoimmune diseases.
Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain Health, and Reverse Disease. Dr. Josh Axe describes 5 different types of keto diets, explains how to be successful on keto, and why it works.
Keto: A Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet. Maria Emmerich and husband Craig describe the mechanisms and biochemistry of a ketogenic diet, as well as other factors that improve health and weight loss, such as intermittent fasting, supplements, and exercise.
So, that’s my list. As said earlier, the books cover a wide variety of topics and approach keto and low-carb eating from different perspectives (which is why I love this list!). What do you think? Do you have a favorite keto or nutrition book? Let me know in the comments!
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