A ketogenic diet isn't something new that has been recently formulated; people have been on a ketogenic diet for virtually three million years in which our brains were nurtured and evolved. Now the human brain is not only shrinking, but brain atrophy is the norm as we age and get plagued with diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
People mistakenly think that they need to eat less and exercise more to create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. This is not how diet and exercise helps with weight loss. A well-formulated keto-adapted diet along with proper exercise builds muscle and muscle builds mitochondria. It is in the mitochondria where fat is oxidized so you can keep your cells and liver insulin sensitized. Weight loss and health is about healthy mitochondria and about controlling hormones and specifically insulin.
This is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. By eating this way, you will begin to heal your cells and will keep evolving your body into the happy and healthy person you want to be. This book is filled with the most impeccable nutrition information to fuel your cells. Maria's passion goes beyond explaining the "why", she is a master in the kitchen and loves food. Her keto-adapted recipes at the end of the book tie all the nutrition together so you can become Keto-Adapted faster than ever.
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"A good resource of practical nutritional solutions"
Missing from the book description and many reviews of this book is that this is a very good reference book to match nutritional solutions to physical problems.
I am going to buy 4 copies of this book in hard copy version. One for myself, and the three others for people who could benefit from the nutritional (suggested food or vitamin) solutions offered for a variety of specific problems. (Weight, Fertility, Hair Loss, Eczema, Heart, Diabetes, Allergies, Digestion, Energy, etc etc etc. - the examples shared in her book are numerous and varied.)
Maria Emmerich's nutritional advice is helpful to people who want to lessen reliance on pharmaceuticals.
The application of the Ketogenic Way Of Nutrition is explained, but this book is different from the other ketogenic books I've read in that it offers very usable, practical, applicable information. Like how to choose vitamins, and which vitamins to take in the morning or evening, before eating, or with food. With the price of supplements, that one feature makes purchase of this book valuable - buy the best vitamins or minerals or food for your health, and save money by not buying the wrong stuff. I didn't know there were different kinds of magnesium, for example, and she explains the difference and why one kind is better than another.
Yes, I agree with other reviewers that portions *appear* to be self-promoting. And, for that reason I held off listening to this book - choosing other keto-related books first. BUT, this one book would have helped me to make better choices when I started buying vitamins and supplements recommended (vaguely) in the other books. I appreciate the specificity in this book on how to choose vitamins, or minerals, and like the succinct way Maria Emmerich can put in a few sentences why certain people need certain vitamins or minerals and how lack of, or addition of, these supplements will harm or help the body.
The audio version is enjoyable and educational, but because the information is detailed a hardcover will be handy to use as reference. It's easier to flip to a section in a hardcover to look something up than with an audio version. Also, it's easier to share information with friends and family with an actual book to show them when a chapter or paragraph addresses issues they are dealing with.
Interesting take on the keto diet. I heard a lot of new information explained in a down to earth manner. However I still don't know what the author means by the phrase "well planned keto adapted diet!" How do you actually plan a meal or menu? The book was filled with great tips that support her plan but the actual framework for applying this is lacking. The book has a ton of supporting info for why she promotes keto but not enough on applying to your own life. Her web site sells menu plans... That she really didn't promote which I am glad. If I like a message I will check it out without a book long ad. She's extreme about everything but if what you are doing isn't working..... Perhaps another read of this will clear things up more. I haven't read her first book so maybe there's info there?
"Started out great but became Woo quickly"
Eliminate all of the stuff about hydration, supplements and above all the testimonials
probably nothing on this topic
less emotional additions
all the stuff for which there is little medicl evidence to support the claims made. But then it woould probly be a pamphlet.
Having read pretty much every other book on low carb I was hoping that this would be an easy book I could recommend to fellow physicians who have yet to accept that the standard low fat high carb diet is the cause of many of our current medical problems. And to empasize to them that low carb is not just a diet but a way of life for people who are carb sensitive.
Unfortunatley, no. In fact I hope they don't accidentally come across this because after listening to a well present summary of the documented known benefits of a low carb high fat diet, they will then be subjected to a myriad, which for lack of a better term, is called woo. Because at that point, they might well consider everything that came before in the book as woo as well.
In fact, this book seems to be doing exactly the opposite of what the people that she refers to and quotes (Taubes, Attia, wetc) are trying to do, i.e. bring true science to the area of nutrition.
1) hydration - don't driink while eating because the fluid will dilute the digestive juices? Also, drink twice your body weight in ounces? Why 2 why not 1 or 3 or 4? Where's the data that hydration does anything?
2) supplements - any evidence that any work? And when you put people on multiple ones at the same time, if there is some benefit, how do you know which if any of the supplemts worked? And of course, all of these observations she made were in people also who had radically changed their diet. So which of these changes were responsible?
Now I know her response would be one of the most frightening phrases one hears in medicine "Well, in my clincial experience I've found that my patients all respond to ....(fill in your preferred woo).
3) the testimonals - at least farm out the ones that are clearly silly. For example, the women with the migraines who was found to have a pineal cyst on, I assume, an MRI after a severe headache. First of all these are not at all uncommon and and almost all incidentally when someone has an MRI for something else as they have no relationship to migraine or other symptoms when small. Long before they get large enough to cause headaches, many other symptoms would have developed and it would have been diagnosed. Thus when a doc listens to this and the suggestion implied that the standard amercian diet caused it and that a low carb diet caused it to get smaller, they will roll their eyes and probably question whehter the low carb diet had anything to do with her migraines getting better, which it most likely did. As for the cyst getting smaller. Get several radiologist together to measure a 1 cm cyst on MRI and you'll get several different answers. Those measurements are just not that accurate.
4) The the whole hormone chapter. Not losing too much fat quickly during pregnancy because of the toxins released from the fat might adversely affect the baby? Sorry, but I've seen too many neurologic complications of pregnacy for which obesity was a major factor. Also I've heard that same argument used to tell people to lose weight slowly. Again, where is there any credible data to show that toxins are actually released from fat during weight loss? And the testimonials that low carb will increase the chance of a successful pregnancy?
5) All of the comments about the pathophysiology for all of the conditions she mentions and how varios supplements all improve or cure them.Clearly these are all speculations and should clearly be indicated as such, not as accepted knowledge.
6) Probiotics and the immune system, how exercise improves the immune system, and on and on, all presented as if there is data out there to support any of these claims and that she is just giving us a summary of something everyone in her area of nutrition already knows.
I think you can get why I talking about.
If you are looking for a Taubes, Attia, Teicholz, or the others that have written well researched books, you won't find it here.
But if you are in the mood for truth mixed in with alot of unsubstantiated claims for supplements ( I love the recurring comments about sea salt and the theory as to why we need supplements but our ancestors didn't) along with inspirational stories about people attributing whatever they were cured of to a low carb diet then you might find this interesting.
"Faithful to the ketogenic lifestyle."
The sole distinguishing and redeeming value of this book from other keto books is that is takes the time to enumerate ailments and their causes that may be addressed with the ketogenic diet. The listener must be satisfied with endless testimonials as proof, and these often prove to be overly self-congratulatory to the author. These comprise a large chunk of the total text.
The performance tends to sing song and drone on so that the listener is beside themselves when they hear the words, "the end."
I would recommend the following in order: "Good Calories, Bad Calories" or "why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes, "Living Low Carb" by Bowden, and, if you decide that the keto diet is for you, "Keto Clarity" by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman. "Keto Adapted" should be about the tenth book you should buy.
"Helpful, with some caveats"
I like this book, it was helpful (although I would not buy over again, given the choice). I'm not crazy about the multitude of supplements she recommends...just not realistic for me. The book goes on and on with science-y stuff which, if I'm not mistaken, M.E. is not. That didn't seem so authentic (I would rather hear that content from a Phd or MD). Maria's approach for her clients apparently has pretty rigid protocols from what she described--again, not my cup of tea. All that said, again, I did find the book encouraging overall as I progress on my keto journey.
Yes, I think so...maybe.
very informative guide for whoever wants to understand how a ketogenic diet is properly done🖒🖒
Great information! May be over the head of some readers that are not into science. Narrator reads slightly too fast if you are trying to understand and breakdown the information that Maria is trying to share with you. May be better to read the book.
"Very difficult to differentiate between testimonials and author"
Testimonials are good--and maybe better outlined in written form--but very difficult to differentiate between testimonials and author. I bought the book for the author's insight and musings--but roughly 50% of the book is of client stories I'm not interested in and do not relate. Cannot recommend.
This makes ao much sense. After reading Wheat Belly I just started wheat free... this is a great next step.
"Quite possibly my best purchase recently..."
After listening to jimmy Moore's ketoclarity book I wanted further inspiring and knowledgeable works to support my newly decided on lifestyle change. I chose this book, it was amazing. I have now purchased the hardcover of her two recipe books (everyone likes a hard copy in the kitchen) and a hard copy of this book to lend to friends. Thank you Maria. After only two weeks on this new journey I am already seeing positive changes.
"Best Diet & Health Book I Have Ever Read"
I must have read 30-40 diet book in my life. Not because I'm over weight but because I have been searching for the perfect way to eat for 20 plus years. I've tried most of the diets I've read about and finally I feel like I have found the way we are supposed to eat for optimum health.
Maria's book stands out amongst all the other in how clearly she outlines what we need to eat and what we need to avoid and more importantly why. She keeps it mostly simple but also gets into technical details so everyone should find the level they want.
This is a book I will buy a hard copy of so I can refer to it over and over. Her recipe books look amazing so glad I gave this a go I will be recommending it to anyone interested in the way I now eat.
I love how she talks more about how it helps people with different conditions rather that weight loss, which seems to be a side effect of this most natural and healthy way of eating.
There are some stories and testimonials about people recovering from some really serious conditions, many of them quite surprising.
This might just be one of those book's that change your life forever.
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