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The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Mark Sisson--author of the mega-bestseller The Primal Blueprint--unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.

Mounting scientific research is confirming that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time--and that it might be the healthiest and most eff
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Harmony
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Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Goodreads and Penguin Random House for an uncorrected Prood copy of The Keto Reset Diet.
Mark Sisson, an ex-endurance athlete, has written this very informative book on Keto dieting. This book shows us how to eat right in a world full of unhealthy food choices. This book teaches you how to make better choices and how to burn fat faster. It is a step-down guide in getting rid of sugars, sweet beverages, desserts, then eliminating processed grains, bread, pasta, cereal and rice. I really
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just get the recipes and the index. I feel like I would go crazy if I followed this diet. There is so much measuring of food and checking the keto and so so much soft science. I mean, I already do intermittent fasting and I already don't eat that many carbs, but this book seemed both over the top and not super rigorous. Read the Obesity Code by Fung or any of the Gary Taubes books instead. This one seemed a bit too gimmicky. Also, there's like three pages at the end about "Women." Ha! The whole ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I like Mark Sisson’s blog so I was excited to read this book when it came out as I was already eating a keto diet and thought I could get some good additional info. This book was okay but it felt incredibly repetitive in every chapter. I’m not sure if he really was repeating the same sort of info often or if I’d read it all many times in other places. A lot of it was trying to sell someone on the cause of a keto diet which I guess was not necessary for me as I was already on board. This book wou ...more
Kirsten Mortensen
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bodies are ... interesting.

When we're dreaming, daydreaming, meditating, or even immersed in a good book, we experience a reality that has nothing to do with our physical bodies.

You’ve flown in a dream, right? It’s such a delicious experience, in large part because when you’re in a dream, flying, you’re totally unshackled from your physical body, from the physical laws (gravity!) that are otherwise an inescapable consequence of being “in” a body.

Even in normal, everyday states of consciousness
Madison Loveday
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book lays out a plan for how you are going to get from point A to point B in a keto diet. You don’t have to crash into keto and experience horrible and sometimes downright scary side effects of dropping your carbs by the 100’s of grams overnight. Many keto advocates promote the “all or nothing” approach. Sisson teaches you how to gradually and safely enter ketosis, how to adapt, and then offers thoughts on where to go next to make this a whole life plan.

You leave this book with an action pl
Sugarpuss O'Shea
**1.5 Stars**

DISCLAIMER: I thought this book was cookbook. When I saw that it was a full diet, I read the plan in its entirety anyway. That being said....

This book is written for someone who is relatively fit & with a few pounds to lose, so if you're looking for a weight loss plan, look elsewhere.

Also, there is WAY too much math to do on your own in order to figure out what you should eat (Why aren't there some basic ratios of carbs, protein, & fat for each phase of this plan?? And how the hell
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
This book contains valuable information for anyone seeking to improve his/her health. The constant journaling and measuring to make sure one is hitting the right ratios (65-75% fat, 15-25% protein, and 5-10% carbs) would drive me crazy, however. I want to just eat, and enjoy it. I came away feeling informed, but very unsure of whether or not this is something I would want to follow.

I gave four stars though because he isn't dogmatic (which I appreciate) and he hit on a few things that I've either
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a bit of a health nut. Although I eat out or eat junk food occasionally, I am always immediately reminded of why I don’t do it more often because, almost instantaneously, my body rebels against what I have put in it. It has recently seemed to me that everyone and their dog is going Keto. Curious about this supposedly more healthy way of eating, I picked up this book on recommendation by a friend on Keto.

Keto is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet. There are a lot of misconceptions a
Diane Estrella
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think the author is very knowledgeable on this subject. He went into great depths to explain the science behind this diet and how it works. I think he provides a lot of practical info and personal tips on how to succeed at this lifestyle. He is very wordy and tries to cover a LOT of information, probably more than most people require. For those that want the, every nook and cranny of the how's and why's, it is covered, for those that just need the basic info to jump-start this process for them ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, nonfiction
Excellent book on the subject. It explains the proper and safe transition into Ketosis and how to remain in the "keto zone."

My personal philosophy is that health and eating should not require math or measure so, after reading this, I've decided to not bother with ketosis. It sounds amazing, but it would be too much of a hassle for me (measuring ketones and daily carb intake with journaling is something I refuse to do after counting calories for years) and I'm seeing results carb cycling with sw
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Sisson ( was one of the first sites that I found that finally helped me figure out that I should try an elimination diet or at least remove gluten to see how I feel. Changed my perspective and removed the helplessness feeling I had growing up.
Anyways I liked his “primal “ approach. Grain free. Do dairy if you tolerate it. Just try stuff out and be flexible. He was all about the body being metabolically flexible to burn either carbs or fats - and I thought that always vi
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been on the edges of living a keto lifestyle but never fully made the jump. After reading The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, I wanted to find a book that was a little less technical and much more practical. This book delivered. Mark Sisson is fantastic at translating the science into a practical plan. The Keto Reset Diet goes through the soft stuff like explaining why modern dietary recommendations are unhealthy and misguided and why a keto lifestyle is optimal, including plent ...more
David King
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book left me conflicted in several ways. Having been on a Ketoish diet for about six months, I have noted a distinct change in mental alertness, so I am convinced it does something beneficial. Yet the whole evolutionary explanation found in this book wouldn’t ring true if I believed in evolution. How can fossils tell you what people did and didn’t eat? Since I believe the Bible, I was also left wondering if grains and other non-Keto foods are really as bad as claimed if God created man to e ...more
Andy Quan
I think I'm of an age that I need a hard copy of something, a book, to guide me rather than just being able to rely on the internet. And so it was that when deciding to try out the keto diet, I wanted to get a reference guide. There are too many books on keto out there, but I thought this one would do. And it did, for the most part.

One of its points of difference is that it goes into the science of the diet extensively. But here's the thing. I'm a pretty literate science reader, and I'm not sure
Elaine - Small Farm Big Life
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, health
The Keto Reset Diet has the best information on the keto diet and the science behind ketosis that I've read. Mark Sisson really dives into what keto is, how to get your body into ketosis and how to stay in ketosis.

The Keto Reset is a 21-day period where you prepare your body to go into ketosis. Mark walks the reader through ditching toxic, unhealthy foods and replacing them with nourishing, nutrient-dense options. There are great lists of food types with what to eliminate and what to replace th
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The content is fantastic and I'm totally going to do it, but I had a few beefs:

Holy rambling and disorganized, Batman. I just want to edit it for him.

I would have loved to see a list of sources. There are plenty of findings that he mentions, lots of name dropping, but an appendix of sources and studies does not exist in this one. It's basically a dude telling me what he "knows". I know he likely knows what he's talking about - in this game for a long time, does his research, etc. Also, I've re
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For health reasons I have to find a new way to eat and I've found so much help with this book. It really does help you to make better food choices. It shows you how to transition into eating better without just jumping in so that you can become better accustom to eating this way and not shock your system. You can find helpful food replacements so you won't go feeling unsatisfied. I've enjoyed the recipes I've tried from the book, though I haven't had the chance to try many of them yet. Overall I ...more
Patrice Doten
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Super helpful and encouraging book. I've tried Keto twice before, several years apart. I lasted 7 days the first time, back when Atkins was the only game in town. The second time, about a year and a half ago, I did a bunch of Internet research and gave it another go. I lasted 10 days, and hated the food so much I cried through the last several meals, before throwing in the towel.

Both times I dropped weight alarmingly fast, so I know it works, but the experience was so awful, I couldn't continue
John Allen
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Sisson recommends a radical ketogenic diet, restricting carbohydrates greatly, and getting most calories from fats and high-quality, unrefined oils. He is an athlete – a champion athlete at that, not a professional in dietary science, and much of his advice reads like an athletic pep talk. On the other hand, the chemical and biological terminology can be daunting when he cites experts.

Sisson disparages the Standard American Diet, but sticks with Standard American Complicated Food Preparation in
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-nonficion, 2018
The information in this book isn't bad - it just has a very limited horizon, very much focusing on a target audience that is similar to the writer: male athlete looking to increase performance or health and longevity. If you - like me - wanted to learn about keto for weightloss there is much better, more tailored and helpful information out there. Honestly, if you have some serious weight to lose, you might get a little frustrated by the amount of times Sisson writes about "those last 5 pounds t ...more
Jeremy Juliano
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think Mark is a strong writer about something that isn't exactly a page turner. He is able to add scientific fact to common sense scenarios that make sense. I think he creates a valid argument against processed foods and carbohydrate foods that is hard to argue with. My only complaint is that when Mark talks about these life style changes above and beyond eating carb-heavy food, I do not feel he is realistic for a lot of people. Mark is in his 60s and owns his own company and is quite financia ...more
Rik Scarborough
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good information

I went into this book not overly concerned about getting into the Keto lifestyle.  I enjoy Mark Sisson’s ability to thoroughly research the subject.  The first part of the book, the 21 days reset portion, was something I found to be very useful.  What I truly wanted was a well written intro guide to the Primal/Paelo lifestyle, and I think I really found it with this book.  The meal guide and recipes were key in getting my wife and I to succeed.  I’m feeling better and much of the
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I finished the majority of this book but haven’t tried the Keto diet, yet. Mark provides good background information and addresses what you need to prepare for and “go” Keto. To be honest, this book is about preparing to go Keto for 21 days and then diving in. The writing and information is accessible and easy to understand.

I appreciate all of the recipes and information but the book feels a bit rushed. And it is very frustrating that there is no recipe index or at least a categorized listing. T
Lelee Dow
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mark Sisson—author of the mega-bestseller The Primal Blueprint—unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.

Mounting scientific research is confirming that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time—and that it might be the healthiest and most effective weight loss strategy ever. Going “keto” by eating high fat, low-to-moderate protein and low-carb foo
Alex Devero
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, lifestyle
This book was a nice surprise. It describes the process of how to start ketogenic diet in a very easy and manageable way. The information in the book and steps to follow are very well explained. It shows not only how to adopt keto lifestyle in the terms of nutrition, but also how to live a healthier lifestyle in general. Nutrition, exercise, movement, sleep, everything is covered very well. It also contains a large list of the foods one should avoid. Along with that, book also shows many alterna ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
TRUTH: I spot read this. I'm familiar with the keto way of thinking and, indeed, my body feels at its best when I follow the keto process.

Page 142 sums up the keto idea pretty succinctly:
"...when you wake up and slam orange juice and cereal in short order, you spike insulin, shut off ketone production, ... lock fat into storage, and send a message to your genes that carbohydrates are going to be your go-to fuel source for the rest of your busy day."

I imagine if this is your first introduction t
Jamie Fuller
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nutrition
This is a combination science manual, lifestyle overhaul, and cookbook all rolled into one. I found I had to read it in modest chunks to fully absorb everything. It is also an absolute MUST for anyone interested in going keto.

1. It helps you avoid all the pitfalls so you don't suffer or fall off the wagon.
2. Has all the info you need if you're an athlete, pregnant, suffering from various health conditions or otherwise have concerns about how you might need to modify things to meet your spec
Meghan Geary
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I bought this book for the day-by-day eating plan and the recipes. I didn’t expect it to be so technical, but after reading for awhile I really began to appreciate it. I’m just disappointed that Sisson includes no bibliography or specific citations of scientific studies. He mentions books and doctors and researchers, but does not support his claims with clear sources. I was fascinated by the chapters that explore exercise and how our bodies (including our brains) use fat and carbs and protein, a ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mark Sisson unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.

When I saw this book, I knew we had to have it! While I already know all about the Keto diet, since I have been cooking and preparing foods for Chris for over a year....I wanted this book to give us some new recipes. It also discusses fasting and lifestyle tips. You get step-by-step guidance, daily meal plans and a decent recipe section. If you are looking to drop some we
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