How many people do you know that are successful on a low carb diet started without reading a book about the low carb? I can predict not many. The reason is that the low carb diet is based on scientific priciples that go beyond being just told what to eat. It shatters the myth that calories in = calories out and to lose weight you have to eat less and exercise more. Yes, eating less of some things (sugar, wheat, starchy foods – but more of other things like fat and protein) and including moderate exercise during the week is part of the message but I believe you should understand why this is. You would be surprised how many emails we get here at CarbSmart.com where people ask us “What can I eat on a low carb diet?” or ask for a low carb food list.
Our standard answer is to pick up a low carb diet book. After they read one of the many excellent choices available, then they need to pick up a low carb cookbook or two. Experts like Dr. Robert Atkins, Drs. Mary Dan and Michael Eades, and Jonny Bowden, have spent years studying the real reasons why obesity and diabetes are running rampant not only here in America but all over the world and they’ve taken the time to educate you and I through well-written and thoroughly researched books that have sold hundreds of thousands and even millions of copies.
Here are my suggestions of how you can help celebrate Read a Book Day with one or more of my favorites.
My Favorite Books For Learning About The Low Carb Lifestyle
- Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution – I believe it all starts with Dr. Atkins and that everyone should start their low carb journey with this book. It is the first low carb diet book I read and I would still consider it the best place to start your low carb lifestyle.
- New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight Fast and Feeling Great – Written about 8 years after Dr. Atkins’ last update to Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, Drs. Phinney, Volek, and Westman update Dr. Atkins’ classic concepts with the latest research and advice for low carb diet success and transitioning more to a Paleo diet.
- How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds by Dana Carpender (Revised and Expanded Edition) – (FULL DISCLOSURE – Dana is the Managing Editor of CarbSmart.com) – Dana’s inspirational journey takes a woman who followed the recommendations of then then “health experts” and the USDA and fed herself lots of grains, starchy foods and low fat everything. Once she stopped following these quacks and learned about the truth about the low carb diet did she regain her health and start a career that has helped educate all of us on the truth about health and nutrition.
- Living Low Carb: Revised Edition – Our good friend Jonny Bowden examines all the low carb philosophies and concepts and puts them into an action plan that supports the long-term health benefits of a contemporary low-carbohydrate eating plan.
- 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb by Jimmy Moore – (FULL DISCLOSURE – Jimmy is a contributor to CarbSmart.com and I wrote one of the introductions to one of the chapters – I was not paid to do so) – Jimmy Moore is one of the most prolific and well-respected health journalists around. After Jimmy lost 210 lbs. on low carb and started his journalism career, he continued to learn lessons about adopting the low carb lifestyle. This book summarizes these great lessons that will help you with your low carb success story.
Best Low Carb Cookbooks
- 500 Low-Carb Recipes Cook Book by Dana Carpender – (FULL DISCLOSURE – Dana is the Managing Editor of CarbSmart.com) – One of the most popular low carb cook books ever produced (there were times it outsold any cook book written by Dr. Atkins or any other low carb author), Dana’s first compendium of low carb recipes still stands the test of time and will help you live your low carb lifestyle to the fullest.
- The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Hardcover) – Mark Sisson’s primal diet message (Mark calls the Paleo Diet the Primal Diet) of healthy low carb, grain free and gluten free eating doesn’t mean recipes that taste bland or boring. A great way to quickly transition your low carb diet to the Paleo Diet.
And Two More Cookbooks
- Easy Living Low-Carb Cooking (FULL DISCLOSURE: Easy Living Low-Carb Cooking is published by CarbSmart) We published this cook book because it contains hundreds of great, easy to make Induction-friendly recipes.
- 500 Paleo Recipes by Dana Carpender Now Available for Pre-order from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. This cook book will be released in December and will provide hundreds of delicious low carb/paleo recipes that will keep you satisfied based on the paleo diet.
Now can you learn about the low carb lifestyle from surfing the Internet and reading low carb blogs? Absolutely. My suggestion has always been to start with a low carb book that you actually purchase and can keep in your house or in your purse for quick reference whenever you need it and then read the blogs of the best low carb journalists. When you are ready to find these low carb bloggers, bookmark these web sites:
- Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb Blog
- Mark Sisson’s Mark’s Daily Apple
- Robb Wolf’s RobbWolf.com – Revolutionary Solutions to Modern Life
- Caitlin Weeks’ Grass Fed Girl
WHat are some of your favorite low carb diet books and low carb cook books? How about your favorite low carb blogs? Let us know in the comments below.