Number One Book Recommendation
Dr Michael Mosley’s 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet. If you read one book on this subject then we would recommend Dr Michael Mosley’s “8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” book as a good source of information about low carb diets. We have been recommending this book for a few months now and we have had some very good feedback from our patients.
You don’t have to strictly follow the 8 week diet (but it may give your new lifestyle a tremendous kick-start if you do). It is a great book to help you appreciate some of the principles and take them forward to become lifelong habits.
The accompanying 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book – Dr Clare Bailey & Dr Sarah Shenker is very good too (try the low carb chocolate brownies – yum!).
Other Books That Can Help Get You Started
The Diabetes Weight-Loss Cookbook: A Life Changing Diet to Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – Katie & Giancarlo Caldesi with Jenny Phillips. This book was recently featured in the daily mail. It is easy to follow, explains some of the theory about the low carb approach and has some great low carb recipes.The “Leek, Spinach & Feta Showstopper” recipe in this book is particularly good.
Eat Rich Live Long. Live Long Mastering the Low-Carb & Keto Spectrum for Weight Loss and Longevity – Ivor Cummins & Jeffrey Gerber. Ivor Cummins is a world renowned engineer with a razor sharp mind. Dr Gerber is a doctor who has been practising low carb for many years. Together they have written a book that is easy to follow and understand about the theory of the low carb diet and getting started.
The Pioppi Diet – Dr Aseem Malhotra & Donal O’Neill. Tom Watson (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) famously lost a lot of weight recently with the help of this book.
The Harcombe Diet” & “Lunchbox Recipes – Dr Zoe Harcombe. One of the hardest things to do on the low carb diet is working out what to eat for lunch. The latter book has some good ideas.
Books That Dig Further into the Science
The Obesity Code – Dr Jason Fung. This is an excellent book. Dr Fung is a legend in the low carb world and explains the science behind obesity really well. He is also very interested in “intermittent fasting”.
Big Fat Surprise, why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet – Nina Teicholz. The title of this book is self explanatory. It challenges the long held historical mainstream view that saturated fat is bad and explains the science behind it.
Deep Nutrition – Why your Genes Need Traditional Food – Dr Cate Shanahan. For a serious deep dive into the world of nutrition (scuba apparatus maybe required!), this book is fascinating.
Books About Fasting and Time Restricted Eating
The Complete Guide to Fasting – Dr Jason Fung. Dr Fung runs a clinic in Canada called IDM. He has achieved some spectacular results helping his patients improve their health and uses time restricted eating / fasting as a tool.
The Fast Diet (The Original 5:2) – Dr Michael Mosley. The 5:2 diet has been around for a number of year now and has helped a lot of people lose weight. The lifestyle that he advocates in this book is reducing food intake on some days during the week and eating normally on the other days.