One of the things about choosing the ketogenic diet and lifestyle is that you choose to educate yourself against a lifetime of misinformation and incorrect data. Below you’ll find a list of books that I think every Ketovanglist should have in their library as constant sources of information and encouragement.
- Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore with Dr. Eric Westman
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
- Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
- The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz
- Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek
- The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek
If ever there was a book that lays out the ketogenic diet and lifestyle in a more simple, clear, concise and excellent way, I have yet to encounter it. Jimmy Moore is like a rockstar in the low-carb/keto community, and he and Dr. Westman provide a complete, easy-to-understand, and hard-to-refute explanation of the ketogenic diet and lifestyle. The only area that I think it lacks is fitness. Of course, that’s not the true purpose of the book, so you can mark that up to me being incredibly picky. This book is a must-read.
There is no book in existence that is more complete, more thorough, more compelling than this when it comes to making the case for a ketogenic diet and lifestyle. Packed with an incredible amount of scientific research, examining and analyzing studies from the past 75 years, Gary Taubes has compiled what could be called THE essential resource for low-carb/ketogenic advocates. He spent five years reading EVERYTHING he could find on the subject of nutrition, and in so doing, essentially wrote the equivalent of three PhD dissertations with this book. Because it is full of technical details, some people might find it difficult to read, but for people who are not opposed to that sort of thing, this is an incredibly insightful and educational book. I regret that I only have two thumbs with which to give it a rating. If you were forced to pick ONLY one book from this list, this book would be your best choice.
The impact of his previous book (see above) led many people to request that Gary Taubes write a “more friendly” version. Essentially, that’s what this book is. He wrote this with regular folks in mind, not the kind of people who don’t really like slogging through potentially numbing technical details. He wrote this as a book that people can give to their spouses, family members, and, most importantly, DOCTORS as a quick and easy way to get the gist of the science behind the ketogenic diet and lifestyle. And he very much succeeded. This book reads fast and contains an huge amount of information.
Just when I thought Gary Taubes’ assessments of nutritional research could not be topped, in walks Nina Teicholz with this outstanding work of journalism/education. She, like Taubes, decided to investigate the current nutritional orthodoxy and what she discovered shocked her. She has a quick wit, a compelling style, and is just plain sharp. Some of her discoveries about Ancel Keys’ work is absolutely eye-opening. Her takedown of the Mediterranean Diet is also a thing of beauty (did you know that olive wasn’t considered food until very recently?).
While this isn’t my favorite book on the list, it’s still one that is worth the read. Dr. Davis makes a strong case for removing grains of all kinds from your diet. His reasoning has been called into question by some in the low-carb community, and his research might not stand up to scrutiny, but his basic and fundamental idea is solid and he defends it very well.
It seems like this book has convinced more medical doctors than any other about the validity of the ketogenic diet and lifestyle. It’s an outstanding work by Dr. Phinney and Dr. Volek, full of research studies conducted, a lot of times, by the authors, so they have first hand knowledge of the methodologies and results. They also explain the shortcomings of certain other research, how the conclusions drawn are not exactly supported by the evidence. These two men have done an incredible amount of wonderful work to bring the truth of the ketogenic diet and lifestyle to the world, and this book is outstanding.
As a follow up to the previous item, Dr. Phinney and Dr. Volek wrote this for those folks who are a little more advanced in the ketogenic journey. They use their extensive knowledge and understanding of the processes and implications of diet to provide an incredibly helpful resource to anyone wanting to find optimal performance through diet.