About The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide
The popularity of very low-carbohydrate (aka ketogenic diets) has come and gone over the years. And there remains intense scientific interest in their use for weight/fat loss and even neurological conditions. Unfortunately, there is altogether too much misinformation regarding them.
Proponents of low-carbohydrate diets tend to present them as almost magical, a cure for everything. Diet books promise easy weight loss without hunger or calorie counting. Zealots online make the same claims but the results never seem to appear.
At the other extreme are those who are against low-carbohydrate diets. They tend to present the diet as nothing more than a nutritional disaster. A lie perpetrated by a con men with something to sell.
As is so often the case, the reality lies somewhere in the middle. All diets have their pros and cons and low-carbohydrate diets are no different. The research on this topic is clear: ketogenic can provide benefits under certain circumstances. In some situations, they may be better than the “typical” carbohydrate based diet.
The Ketogenic Diet is the first book to objectively examine in-depth the scientific evidence regarding ketogenic diets. In writing it I didn’t take a pro- or anti-stance on the diet. Rather, my goal was to examine the research objectively. I wrote it with the intention of making it a reference manual for ketogenic diets. With some certainty, I can say that it is unlike any other book on the topic.
Topics Covered in The Ketogenic Diet
Covering every topic in extreme detail, The Ketogenic Diet addresses everything from the basic physiology of how the body adapts to a low-carbohydrate intake, the details of human fuel utilization, the impact of low-carbohydrate diets on body composition and many, many more.
None of the above would be useful without practical guidelines for application. The book provides details on how to optimize ketogenic diets for different goals. These include general fat loss, bodybuilding and endurance sport performance. I also describe three distinct types of ketogenic diets, two of which allow for the intake of carbohydrates.
In addition, the book includes a complete discussion of resistance, aerobic and anaerobic exercise physiology along with specific training programs for different goals and different levels of trainee
At 325 pages and containing over 600 scientific references, this will be your complete reference for ketogenic diets.
Please note: this book does not include information on the ketogenic diet for adolescent epilepsy (the topic is discussed briefly). I highly suggest The Ketogenic Diet: A Treatment for Epilepsy, 3rd Edition (Paperback) by Freeman, Freeman and Kelly (link will take you to Amazon.com page).