As we discussed in the other Note, Volek and Phinney are two of the leading academic researchers who have been studying the efficacy of ketogenic diets for decades (a combined 50+ years between the two of them). Phinney actually coined the hyphenated word-phrase “keto-adapted” to describe the process that typically takes at least 2 weeks to go from burning primarily sugar for fuel to burning primarily fat for fuel.
In addition to being brilliant, iconoclastic, contrarian scientists (my favorite kind), Volek and Phinney are also funny. In this book they walk us through the SCIENCE behind why a well-formulated (<- IMPORTANT distinction!) low-carbohydrate approach works. If that’s your thing, I think you’ll dig it. (Get a copy .)
They also make fun of themselves by saying, “One of the authors was once characterized by the statement: ‘Ask him directions to get to a certain bridge and he’ll tell you how to build one.’”
So… Although they do offer plenty of practical “pearls,” if you’re looking for a more practical guidebook to making a transition to the keto world, I think you might prefer Mark Sisson’s (especially if you’re athletic) and/or Mark Hyman’s , Dr. Mercola’s or Will Cole’s (which is especially good if you’re vegetarian/vegan). (Other great books by scientists echoing this wisdom: by Robert Lustig and by David Ludwig. Then there’s Gary Taubes’s and that echo the same themes!)
The book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some favorites, so let’s jump in!
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