Low-carb? Keto? Banting, Atkins, Four Corners, Paleo, Carnivore, Bernstein? What are these?
These are all names for a lifelong eating plan, or way-of-eating (WOE), that is low in carbohydrates and, if strict enough, puts you in ketosis.
These eating plans help with diabetes, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, low energy, autism spectrum disorder, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, and, also, can help you lose weight.
But you have to be willing to put in the work to learn how to do it, and that means reading books by sound, science-based authors. Because anyone can put up misinformation in a web site or podcast, or self-publish a book full of it.
You also have to be willing to actually DO it. Even if the first few days are miserable, and your ‘friends’ laugh at you, your mom worries about your ‘unhealthy ‘ diet, and you have to learn how to COOK.
I’m here to share my experiences and tell about some of the books I’ve found helpful, but don’t take me as your authority figure or my words as ‘science.’ I’m just here to show you how to learn the real science behind low-carb/keto for yourself.
Your nurse-practitioner, physician assistant, or doctor may not be aware of much of this stuff, or even have misinformation. You still need a health care provider to run tests and take care of other health issues, and we can’t all hold out for one that’s promoting low-carb. Most of us are stuck with whatever the local medical corporation chooses to provide. But you don’t have to defy medical orders to get better health.
I recommend starting your learning by getting ‘Dr Atkins Diet Revolution,’ the original book by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, and ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’ by Gary Taubes. Buy both books and read both. Use the Atkins book to learn how to do our eating plan. After you’ve started the plan, you may want to read a bit of the book each morning to keep yourself inspired.
The Taubes book is good to help you understand the actual science basis behind ideas about diet and nutrition. It can be a bit hard to read for some. Read a portion every morning, or even check to see if you can get it as an audio book and just listen. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand it all. Just read it, and pick up a few new facts.
Once you have a basic orientation, then you can better evaluate other books, and websites and podcasts as well. You can rely on yourself and not be misled by strangers on the internet. Like me.