There are many books that explain how to follow a ketogenic diet, and the benefits of doing so, but The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner by Lyle McDonald is the first book since the famous Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution that gives a satisfactory explanation of exactly why, from a biological perspective, the ketogenic diet not only works, but has the other beneficial physical effects that it does. In fact, it goes far deeper into the mechanics of the ketogenic diet than Atkins or anyone else I’ve read.
In a market where so many books seem to be aimed at the lowest common denominator, people looking for the latest celebrity fad diet or a miracle cure for obesity, Lyle McDonald’s book is a breath of fresh air for the intelligent dieter who not only wants, but needs a proper understanding of what the diet they follow will do to their body.
Of course, with the amount of valuable scientific content included this book is not a simple, vacation read, but you shouldn’t want it to be – weight loss, nutrition, and ultimately your own health are serious matters, and before embarking on any weight loss plan you are going to want to understand it well enough to trust it totally.
Lyle McDonald does not present the ketogenic diet as the only diet that will ever work, or an amazing new discovery everybody should be talking about – this book is completely hype and hyperbole free. What he does instead is look at the real facts and research behind a diet that has been in popular use for a long time, and address the concerns and criticisms of it that have come up over its period in the mainstream. This is a great book for anyone who would like the results promised by other books about the ketogenic diet, but has been made confused or at least skeptical about its effectiveness or safety by conflicting information in the media.
The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner by Lyle McDonald is aimed not only at people who want to lose weight, but professionals in the health and nutrition sphere who want to gain a greater understanding of the ketogenic diet to help them work better with clients or patients who may benefit from adopting it. It answers all of the questions around the ketogenic diet, removes a lot of the confusion and mystery, and still manages to read like a practical, helpful guide rather than a textbook. It is a must read for anyone with an interest in the ketogenic diet.