Very low-carbohydrate (aka ketogenic) diets such as The Atkins Diet, Protein Power and The South Beach Diet have come and gone repeatedly over the years and there is currently great research and real-world interest in their effects. Unfortunately, altogether too much misinformation exists regarding them.
Folks who are pro-low-carbohydrate diets tend to present them as the quick and easy solution to everything including obesity. Easy weight loss without hunger or calorie counting is promised but never seems to pan out as well as we might hope.
At the other extreme are the anti-low-carbohydrate folks who tend to present low-carbohydrate diets as nothing short of a nutritional disaster being perpetrated by a bunch of con men.
The truth, of course lies somewhere in the middle. While low-carbohydrate diets aren’t for everyone and have their pros and cons, the research is clear: they have major benefits under certain circumstances and can be as healthy (and sometimes healthier) than ‘standard’ carbohydrate based dieting.
The Ketogenic Diet is the first and only book to objectively examine in-depth the scientific evidence regarding low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diets. It is meant to be a reference manual for low-carbohydrate diets; it is unlike any other book on low-carbohydrate diets that you have ever read or seen.
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.
Of course, none of the above is useful without practical application guidelines. Details on how to optimize low-carbohydrate diets for different goals (such as fat loss, bodybuilding and endurance performance) are discussed along with three distinct types of low-carbohydrate diets. 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).
Table of contents
Section I: Introduction
1. Introduction to the ketogenic diet
2. History of the ketogenic diet
Section II: The physiology of ketosis
3. Fuel utilization
4. Basic ketone body physiology
5. Adaptations to ketosis
6. Changes in body composition
7. Other effects of the ketogenic diet
Section III: The diets
8. Setting calorie levels
9. The standard ketogenic diet (SKD)
10. Carbs and the ketogenic diet
11. The targeted ketogenic diet (TKD)
12. The cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD)
Section IV: Other topics for the ketogenic diet
13. Breaking fat loss plateaus
14. Ending a ketogenic diet
15. Tools for the ketogenic diet
16. Final considerations
Section V: Exercise physiology
17. Muscular physiology and energy production
18. Aerobic exercise
19. Interval training
20. Weight training
21. The effect of exercise on ketosis
22. Exercise and fat loss
Section VI: Exercise guidelines
23. General exercise guidelines
24. Aerobic exercise
25. Interval training
26. Weight training
Section VII: Exercise programs
27. Beginner programs
28. Intermediate programs
29. The advanced CKD workout
30. Fat loss for pre-competition bodybuilders
Section VIII: Supplements