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Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

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Leading health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces again to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet—one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats—which is emerging in the scientific literature as a means for improving a wide range of diseases, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published June 24th 2014)
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Compared to other books, Keto Clarity is less scientific and perhaps more appropriate for someone who doesn't want to get into the nittry gritty biology of ketosis. I personally am more convinced by focusing on scientific analysis, and I found "The Art And Science of Low Carbohydrate Eating" much more convincing than this book. I've also been in ketosis for 8 months now, so I understand the nuances of each argument.

This book is written more like a very long blog post than a work of persuasive no
Laura (Kyahgirl)
This is NOT a definitive guide, contrary to what the title claims. This is one of those books a person might read as part of gathering a wide ranging collection of info on a topic but the content should really be taken with healthy dose of critical thinking. I think there are a lot of little nuggets of information but there also a lot of stuff that makes me roll my eyes. (Really, eat a mouthful of butter with every bite?!?) I encourage anyone reading this book to spend some time looking at Jimmy ...more
❤Marie Gentilcore
This was very informative and was presented in an easy to understand fashion. I learned alot about the ketogenic diet and how our ancestors existed on ketones for periods of time when food was scarce and how the body can be fueled by either glucose from carbohydrates or ketones from fat. It was very interesting. I plan to get the previous book Cholesterol Clarity next.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I want to say that every time I hear or read Jimmy's story, and his speech to the Scientific Advisory board at the USDA Dietary Guidelines Committee, it has an emotional affect on me.

Now then, on with the review: One would expect, after reading his first book Cholesterol Clarity, that Jimmy Moore's follow up book Keto Clarity would have the same easy-to-understand approach to educating the reader and dispelling misconceptions about the subject matter. I am happy to report that it
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Great concept. I wish they focused more on the practical aspects of implementing this lifestyle and diet. Both the podcast and this book focus on "here's all the bad things the medical community and other experts say about this diet, and here are studies that prove them wrong." Ok - we get that. We don't need to go into the weeds repeatedly on that point, we just need to know how to successfully implement this diet/lifestyle.
William Nist
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical
Jimmy Moore is either in the vanguard of a major movement in personal health and longevity, or ......! This work, along with 'Cholesterol Clarity' redefine what a healthy diet consists of, and re-imagine the origins and causes of disease placing them within a metabolic framework. He is condensing the work of many writers, doctors and scientists of the last decade.

Your body runs on glucose or ketones. You derive them from sugars (carbs) or fat. The premise of this book is that it is ketones that
Ksenia Anske
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I told you I eat my neighbors. I really do. Especially their fat juicy livers. Which is good for you, fat and liver. Many of you have been asking me how I have all this energy to write and somehow don't grow a fat ass from sitting on it all day. Well. THIS IS IT. Read this book. It will give you all my secrets. (And it will make you look your best and feel your best too.)
Flomarcon Domingo
Extensive And Understandable

This is a good reference to almost any topic about keto diet, especially for those newbies or is interested on this lifestyle/way of eating. I agree with some of the health benefits discussed because I myself is experiencing them even if I am just on my Day 22 of keto (improved focus and sleep, carb/sugar craving is gone, lesser toothache, lesser appetite, weight loss from 88kg to 85kg or 6.6pounds loss on Day 4 which most likely just water weight, etc.). There are mo
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I breezed through this book. Very helpful. I can understand others complaints that the author tends to bounce around from topic to topic. But the main takeaway from this book for me was that after reading it, I was not afraid to reintroduce fat into my diet. So for me, this book has been extremely helpful.
Bar Franek
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a beginner friendly introduction to the world of eating Keto, this book is it.

The Standard American Diet(SAD) is shit. The food pyramid (before changing over to the slightly less insane Food Plate) is the reason 2/3rds of the country is overweight or obese. It's the reason we're plagued with disease and fatigue, and it's why health care costs are astronomical. The government recommends that the majority of our calories come from what is essentially poison (wheat & gluten)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diet
There is good information here, but the author's attitude is poor. For example, in the QA section he answers a question in which a hypothetical reader asks if low carb diets can worsen thyroid problems his answer is no. This answer could be fine if it was backed with studies, however none were provided.
I have heard several sources say the opposite so its hard to take his answer seriously when it seems more smug then inquisitive/open. This general "keto is awesome, do not question the keto" feeli
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This seems to me to be an excellent diet but go slow as I feel sick. It may have nothing to do with the diet. I think this diet goes well with another book I just read about Alzheimers. Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure?: The Story of Ketones They both recommend coconut oil. ...more
Liberty Taufer
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all T1 & T2 diabetics!

The ketogenic diet has vastly improved the quality of life for my husband and me. He is T2 and I am T1. He is back to his high school weight, and I have less of a fear for hypoglycaemic episodes, My depression and anxiety have gone away without drugs. Give this diet 30 days of your life. You won't regret it!
Clarisa Doval
Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Very urresponsible to say that keto diets cure cancer.
Massimo  Gioffre
I've read a lot of books about diets, and some about this diet. This is by far the worst. Not that it says anything wrong, it's just that that tone it has is more publicity than information.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big advocate for a ketogenic lifestyle, and I regularly listen to Jimmy Moore's podcast. I've been following a ketogenic diet for nearly a year now, so I know most of what is included in this book, but it was not an enjoyable read for me. I felt that the writing was rather haphazard, with random quotes and personal anecdotes interspersed within scientific facts. The scientific information included is solid but it gets lost a bit in the delivery. Perhaps this was geared towards a reader un ...more
Jitka Egressy
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everybody should read this book, because almous everybody in those days has some serrious health problems. It's not about weight loss only.... Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, insuline resistance, even Alzheimer's diease, epilepsy, depresses and more can be cured! Even cancer can be beaten... just by diet! Try it....
Joya Cousin
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, non-fiction
Very good information presented in an easy to understand format. The traditional therapeutic keto macro ratios are often 80% fat, 5% carbs, 15% protein, but this was not really mentioned. Some people are extremely carb sensitive and will not succeed in entering ketosis on the daily 20g of carbs being constantly referred to.

It also concerns me that the author (judging from the neck-up only photos on his instagram) now seems to be currently considerably overweight once again.

Does the ketogenic l
Yahia Aktham
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked the Book it's written in very clear words and to the point but I did not like that the author stated a lot of medical events without any evidence or citation.
Bastard Travel
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Red flag 1: the "woe is me" opener about how kids cruelly mocked him for being a 400 lb substitute teacher. I stayed on board because I thought it was interesting a nutrition book would begin on such a personal note.

Red flag 2: the repetitious name-dropping of his blog, "Living la Vida Low-Carb". If you had a multi-million dollar budget, and the greatest scientific minds of our age came together specifically to create a worse name, they would fail. It's impossible. Every time I see the words "Li
Carolyn Amundson
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading it, this was a five star book. A nice overview of the theory supporting a ketogenic diet. The book has enough science to support the theory and is written in a way to make the science and theory easy to understand. It's also very motivating. I read the book and decided that this was the solution for me. I felt better since I removed refined starches from my diet several years ago, so it made sense that taking another step to reduce carbs would make me feel even better. It took me a ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav
Ketosis is a metabolic state that happens when you consume a very low-carb, moderate-protein, high-fat diet that causes your body to switch from using glucose as its primary source of fuel to running on ketones. Ketones are produced when the body burns fat. They are primarily used as an alternative fuel source when glucose isn't available.

Keep carbs low
Eat more fat
Test ketones often
Overdoing protein is bad

Three primary reasons for entering a state of ketosis:
1. the metabolic superiority of fats
Susan Clingman
So many medical conditions can be improved by switching away from the Standard American Diet (aka SAD, or low fat, high carb) to a diet of low carb, moderate protein, high fat (aka ketogenic). We've been programmed by the Government and food manufacturers that fat is bad, when it's not. Sugar (and carbs) is the problem, not fat (diabetes was called sugar diabetes for a reason). If the standard diet isn't working, why not try the opposite? You have nothing to lose (other than your medical conditi ...more
Gaurav Chhaparwal
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
The book is extremely 'salesy' and repetitive. Trying to go as far as condemning all other diets, using pseudo scientific examples, suggesting experimenting with oneself with measurement but without supervision) - far too pushy and almost risky suggestions to convince you to take up a keto diet. The author repeats 'eat low carb, low protein, high saturated fat diet' on almost every page in the book and has very limited additional content being the sales pitch.
Allen McDonnell
This audiobook is full of information with plenty of citations to back up all the relevant facts. The author and narrator has a pleasant speaking voice, but the delivery with the frequent interruptions to read out the separate box texts made it harder to follow the main thread of the narration at times. If I were reading the book to myself I would skip over the box texts and the go back to read them.
Ana Mark
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Scraps from different meals do not make a good dinner. This is not the book you should turn to in pursuit of clarity. Stick to Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate by S. Phinney or Ketogenic Diet by L. McDonald instead.
Jed Park
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving the keto lifestyle a try.

I have tried low carb before but this brings it to a whole new level. It is a very counter-intuitive diet for me, but I am going to give it a try.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deciding to eat this way has been a smart move. This book answered all my question and provided so much insight. This is a great book.
Robert Gene Rosero
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book just felt too self serving. This is just not the book I expected it was.
Carric D Dooley
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De facto keto book

Loved this book. I am not 100% convinced about keto solving everything, but there is great data in here. This plus some fasting protocol could show promise.
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