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Living Low Carb

Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long-Term Weight Loss
Written by: Jonny Bowden
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
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Whether you're searching for a practical weight-loss program, simply want to eat better, or are already a committed low-carber looking for ways to make the lifestyle work for you, best-selling author and nutritionist Jonny Bowden reveals the secrets to finding and sticking with a healthy controlled-carb program.

This newly revised and updated edition covers the truth about low-carbohydrate diets and reveals the major culprits in a high-carb diet, offers new information on the addictive properties of wheat and fructose and Bowden's take on The China Study, as well as invaluable ratings of the diet programs on the market.

  • Cut through the confusion about low-carb diets and how they work.
  • Compare 23 diet programs and choose the one that's right for you.
  • Get insider tips and tricks for maintaining a low-carb lifestyle.
  • Find out how to overcome common obstacles to low-carb dieting.

©2013 Jonny Bowden (P)2013 Tantor

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  • Tango
  • Texas
  • 2015-04-09

Thanks to low carb and Audible I'm 45 lbs slimmer!

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.

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  • Radiance
  • Woodland Hills, CA United States
  • 2015-03-26

Awesome book on Low Carb Living

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.

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  • CarolB
  • 2014-08-10

Informative, amusing, and very well read

The first half of the book is an overview of the state of the science regarding Low Carb dieting now and historically. Having read Gary Taubes books, I am used to his cautious, neutral language regarding the subject. Bowden, however, has very strong opinions and is not at all restrained in his discussions. I enjoyed the lively, colorful way Bowden has of expressing himself.

The second half of the book consists of Bowden's description and review of 14 low carb diet programs. I found them a bit tedious, but I think they would be invaluable to someone seeking a detailed, expert comparison of the nuances of the programs.

I enjoyed Patrick Lawlor's narration as well, it enhanced the lively way Bowden writes.

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  • Booklass
  • 2013-09-20

Overall, I found this book to be very interesting

What did you love best about Living Low Carb?

It's hard for me to review nonfiction books, sometimes, because I feel like I should have a stronger background in research in order to back my positive review. I am not a medical person, but I can say that I found the information in this book to be very compelling. Some of the studies I DO know because I looked them up, but a lot of them, I could not. What I have read, though, does seem to support that a low carb diet is a better choice for most health issues. I thought that the author's willingness to review the different low carb diets was helpful, and I appreciated that he seemed to try to steer clear of trumpeting his own work beyond what is acceptable. Worth a read if you are having autoimmune or any other health problems. Energy dense, though, so you might want to read the book or keep it on hand for reference, as well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Living Low Carb?

Refuting old research and citing new (or even old accepted as new) research.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not applicable

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What we don't know can kill us.

Any additional comments?

Worth reading, I think.

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  • Deb
  • 2015-05-17

Craving Free...Finally

Would you consider the audio edition of Living Low Carb to be better than the print version?

I learn best by listening. I do wish the subjets of each chapter would be listed in the "chapter" drop down menu. I like to relisten to chapters as appropriate.

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I have a medical background so the tech aspect of the author's presentation is inspirational to me. With that said, the author is so clear about the "mechanics" of those of us who do not do well with high carb diets that anyone will benefit from listening to the terrific amalgamation of the research results on the many varieties of diets.Thank you! The "brain fog" has lifted and my productivity has skyrocketed. Yeah!

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  • donna muldowney
  • 2015-07-13

Thought provoking!

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I can honestly say that this book made me re-think what I thought I KNEW. However, it was very redundant . . . maybe intentionally, as there is a great deal of information to process. That said, the presentation was enthusiastic and worth a little repetition.

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  • wendy swenson
  • Culpeper, Va United States
  • 2015-02-04

No hype and solid information.

This was one of the best books I have read/heard on low-carb eating. The information was clear and concise, encouragement was given with reason, and the narration was very well done.

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  • Evaisela
  • 2014-07-25

Excellent Book!!!

If you could sum up Living Low Carb in three words, what would they be?

Well explained information.

What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

clear to understand

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I love this book as a source of information for the different types of low carb eating plans. Really good explained. I will be buying the paperback version for future reference. I just Love it.

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  • Steven
  • 2015-06-17

Good overall.

If you could sum up Living Low Carb in three words, what would they be?

A little bit too much information, but still very good information.

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This is a thought-provoking book and I believe worthy of a listen by most folks considering changing their eating habits. There is a good amount of cited work and data drawn from studies. I felt the book rambled just a bit, and might be a tiny bit too much of a smorgasbord of information. I wish it were maybe just a bit more concise; however, this will be a title that makes it into my "good enough to re-read" category. A good book overall.

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  • NapturallyMary
  • Kansas City
  • 2015-04-18

Great read

I recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a change from the conventional American diet and nutritional advice. Living Low Carb is full of great information that will educate you on what is really good for your body and also motivate you to make positive changes. The audio book was very well narrated, it was easy to listen to and follow.

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