I found this book to be a phenomenal companion to New Atkins for a New You. Atkins still exists as a business to promote their version of the low-carb, high fat diet. But the Atkins books are light on the science, and simply provide you with a series of steps that combine some elements of the science (like becoming keto-adapted, which they call Induction) and other elements that are behavioral. Some of the Atkins advice has nothing to do with low carb at all, as they're packaging low carb eating with behaviors intended to help motivate the dieter.
Volek and Phinney are two of the three authors of New Atkins. They're the two who make their living as researchers, and who aren't full time employees of Atkins. These guys bring the science. I loved reading about the results of some of their studies, as well as their analysis of studies that claim low-carb isn't healthy.
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living is one of the few books I've read cover to cover twice. It is a bit dense with information, but it slowly makes sense. You certainly don't need this book to successfully follow a low carbohydrate diet, however I found that it provided the framework for me to understand what things were important to know about low-carb nutrition, and I think this has kept me motivated and on-track.
I've seen a lot of people here referring to The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable by Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek. I haven't finished it yet, but it's pretty good. The technical parts are too technical and jargonny, though.
This book is written by the co-authors of "The New Atkins For A New You" (also reviewed in this thread). In their own words, "The readership of this book is not necessarily limited to healthcare professionals. Anyone with serious curiosity about nutrition and metabolism, or a desire to understand how traditional food practices can be used to improve health, will likely enjoy this book." (Volek & Phinney, 2011, p. vi) The focus is, as the title indicates, the science behind a low-carb diet. It is not a diet plan, nor is it specifically attuned to Atkins, although there are many references and examples geared toward that lifestyle.
It gives much greater depth on the science of why low-carb diets work, and debunks many of the myths and misinformation still in circulation today about the nutritional values or dangers of low-carb living. Specific references to various disease processes and maladies are noted. Case studies and "clinical pearls" will appeal to those with a background in or simply a desire for more nutritional science.
A sample menu plan (illustrative, not comprehensive) is included, along with a handful of recipes. A reasonable reference list and index facilitate further study, if desired - but the book covers most aspects the typical low-carber would be interested in.
I'm one who needs to know the foundation of a thing, rather than a simple "do-this" approach. For me, the book is a valuable asset to my library, and I believe it would be for others in the "need to know" mode, also.
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