I read once about a hapless couple who decided to try the low-carb Atkins eating plan but weren’t the kind to read a book about it first. They had heard that the Atkins diet forbids bread. And so they ate pita bread and pasta instead.
Sadly there are people out there who just don’t want to READ. They know how, but reading isn’t something they do. Or perhaps they read only one kind of thing— romance novels, hunting magazines, graphic novels— and they don’t think they can plow through a whole book about how to go on a low-carb eating plan.
For those people: think of it this way. A person in Alcoholics Anonymous may not be a big reader, but he often makes a point of reading from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book every single morning. It can be inspiring as well as informative.
When I first started doing lowcarb, I read in my Diet Revolution book every morning to keep me on track. Before long, I knew by heart the kinds of foods that were allowed and not allowed on a lowcarb eating plan. This made it easier to plan meals, shop, and make food-related decisions.
If you are not the type to read a whole book about a low-carb eating plan in an evening, try this: get a good basic book about low carb, such as:
Atkins Diet Revolution, Robert Atkins, 1972
New Atkins for a New You, Westman, Phinney & Volek, 2010
Keto Clarity, Jimmy Moore, Eric Westman, 2014
Real Food Keto, Jimmy Moore, Christine Moore, 2019
Now, every morning read a chapter or part of a chapter from the book. Or do it in the evening if your mornings are hectic. If the book has a ‘diet sheet’ as the Atkins Diet Revolution does— a short list of allowed foods and forbidden foods— look that part over daily as well. You might purchase the book in audiobook form, if available, and listen while you are doing something else.
After you have finished the book, start over at the beginning until you have read the book or listened to it a few times. Every time you read or listen, you will be internalizing the information a bit more, and inspiring yourself to stick to the plan.
It’s not just that the books tell you precisely how to do the diet. They explain why it works, give some of the scientific research that backs up this way of eating, and also in many books you will find recipes. The more facts you learn, the more you will be able to follow a healthy low-carb diet accurately. It will keep you motivated.
You might also listen to some of the low-carb podcasts by health podcaster Jimmy Moore. He tends to have many prominent guests who can give out good science-based low-carb information, and he has a talent for explaining the complicated stuff.
The problem with being on a healthy low-carb eating plan is that we are surrounded by misinformation about diet. We have to almost un-brainwash ourselves to keep us from going astray with the daily temptations— such as those sugar-filled, carb-filled breakfast cereals with the words ‘heart-healthy’ on the packages.
Do you know about a good book, audiobook or podcast on a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic eating plan? Let us all know about it in a comment!