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I love to read almost anything except diet books. However, 2 years ago having developed microscopic colitis and some big-time middle age spread, I picked up Wheat Belly on sale on Audible and that started me on changing my diet to that point that I have now lost 45 lbs and cured my colitis when none of the expensive drugs did! I got some major help from another excellent audiobook, The Big Fat Surprise, and really just designed my own plan to eliminate wheat and sugar and reduce overall carbs. Now that I am back in my 6's, I very much want to maintain this weight and my colon health so I thought I'd see if I could get some maintenance advice from Living Low Carb and I was very pleased with what I heard. Jonny Bowden does a great job of reviewing a whole slew of low carb plans, but he also provides some good advice on how to jazz up your meals if you are getting bored and how to adjust the components of your diet/exercise/lifestyle to maintain or restart the losing if you hit a plateau. I've spent my whole life believing in low fat as the way to lose weight and I've also spent my whole adult life fighting to stay slim. I was slow to accept the low carb approach, but it is hard to argue with success! My personal experience leads me to believe that low carb is healthier (at least for the colon) and although it is hard to give up the sugar, getting back a little fat (butter, olive oil, cream, coconut oil - all the things that make food so yummy) has more than made up for that for me. I'm so glad Audible made these books available because I might have missed out on something that truly has changed my life. There are so many approaches to low carb that you can probably find one that will fit your lifestyle and Jonny Bowden reviews almost all of them in this book. Check it out if you are searching or if you just need some tips and tricks to stay motivated on the plan you have.
53 of 54 people found this review helpful
I've listened to this book several times already. It's extremely informative and thorough. He reviews over 20 of the popular low-carb diets on the market today. It was great to get an overview of each of them. I love the frequently asked questions section and the tips for making a low-carb lifestyle work. The author really knows his stuff. I learned so much from this book. The man reading the book did a great job too. His voice is actually similar to the author's. I definitely recommend this book for anyone considering going on a low-carb program.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I'm so grateful I found this book! Jonny Bowden has made something I've struggled with my whole life possible and I'd recommend his book again and again. Every easy to understand explanation of how the foods we choose to eat define our bodies gives me the confidence to eat well day after day with truly remarkable results!
What did you like best about this story?
I love how well researched this book is and how real world examples are used throughout.
Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances? How does this one compare?
This is the first Patrick Lawlor performance I've listened to and I really enjoyed it.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Finally understanding why my previous attempts to manage my weight weren't working and would never work flooded me with hope and now results. I'm feeling happier now than ever!
Any additional comments?
Start this book and enjoy transforming your body today :)
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Living Low Carb?
This is not a fad book about crazy diets its a really well presented balanced view of how our understanding of fat, carbohydrates and proteins are changing.
The book has a lot to offer but for me the best thing I took from the book was this.
Controlling weight is about controlling insulin. You learn what affects insulin and what doesn't, surprisingly fat.
Be sure to listen to the reviews of the diets at the end before making a decision on which one to do. He has done all the hard work for you and the summary is excellent.
My best quote from the book comes from the reviews at the end on the discussion of fatty livers.
You don't lose weight to become healthy, you become healthy to lose weight.
The narrator Patrick Lawlor does a fantastic job too. One of the best narrations of any book I have.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It has great content and the author does not hold back when giving his opinions regarding the work of some others in the area of nutrition. I really like the way he discussed the many versions of low carb diets as this allowed me to research further. He did talk about his own program but I did not feel that he was trying to sell it. In fact, based on his analysis of the different versions I felt he held back when discussing his own.
When I started, I couldn't imagine how a book about low carb dieting could hold my interest for 14 hours. Well it did.
I also enjoyed the narrator, he sounded like he was interested in the book and that came across in his performance.