Reviewed by: Stephen Ferguson
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This is not an completely unbiased review. Having caught a bad case of Type 2 diabetes a year ago I rapidly found out Dr. Bernstein''s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars and followed his (still somewhat controversial) ketogenic nutrition plan plan, and started to devour as much data as likely on low-carb diets.
Although I found inspiration from many places (including Nice Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Nutrition plan and Health (vintage), and Dr Feinman''s blog), the more I read, the more I came across Phinney and Volek. Their companion volume The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable gave me the best likely practical guide and scientific justifcation for pursuing a low-carb lifestyle, and gave me the confidence to reduce my Hba1c from 10. 2% to 4. 5% (a properly non-diabetic number).
However, as a keen runner training for a half-marathon, I had still had significant concerns about attempting endurance events without resorting to carbohydrate fuelling that would disrupt my ketosis and aggravate my diabetes. Despite many hours trawling the web I couldn''t find much quality advice on ketosis and athletic perfomance, and had many questions relating to liver-dumping and the necessity for pre and post workout fuelling. This book answered every question and I devoured it in a single sitting. After adopting their advice (as predicted) I ran two of the terrible 5k races of my life, followed by quick enhancements week by week, which eventually led to me knocking almost 2 minutes off my 5k Pb.
I looking forward to run my first carb-free half marathon later this year. It''s too simple to tell that a book changed your life, but in this case both the Art and Science Books have fundamentally impacted my health and my athletic performance. Very highly recommended.
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