These Low-Carb Cookbooks Make Forging a New Habit Easy (Yes, Really)
The low-carb movement might have been around for decades, but it's about to experience another major surge in popularity thanks to the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet, which some experts have dubbed "the number one diet in 2018."
Whether you plan to stick to all the keto diet rules or cherry-pick a few, there are a number of benefits of going low-carb. Osteopathic physician Joseph Mercola, DO, puts it simply: "In essence, the reason why low-carb diets work so well is because it helps you escape this non-fibre, carb-based metabolism that depends on insulin levels to drive blood sugar into cells and use carbs for fuel." According to the Mayo Clinic, low-carb diets are generally used for losing weight, but may have benefits beyond this, "such as reducing risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome."
Curious to know if you'd feel healthier on a low-carb diet? Navigating the lifestyle change can be challenging, so we've found some of the most comprehensive low-carb cookbooks to help you get started. From beginner cooking guides and comfort-food ideas to full meal planners, there's a book to coach you through every stage. Consider your breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans sorted.
Perfect for: Keto-diet rookies. This guide is a number one best seller on Amazon for a reason. It has everything you need to kick-start the diet, including 75 easy recipes, handy charts, and a 14-day meal plan.
Recipe to try: Rosemary-Garlic Lamb Racks
Suzanne Ryan Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss ($46)
Perfect for: Fans of Keto Karma, Suzanne Ryan's popular blog and YouTube channel. The foodie applies her personal experience with the keto diet to this inspiring cookbook that chronicles her personal weight loss journey and the recipes she swears by.
Recipe to try: Spinach and Artichoke-Stuffed Mushrooms
Maria Emmerich Keto Comfort Foods ($43)
Perfect for: People who want to improve their diet but don't want to give up their comfort-food favourites. In this cookbook, Maria Emmerich uses clever substitutes to make each recipe a little healthier. Yes, cinnamon rolls and steak fries are on the menu.
Recipe to try: Skillet Moussaka
Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich The Ketogenic Cookbook ($47)
Perfect for: Those who follow Jimmy Moore, leading low-carb diet blogger and podcast host. In this book, he joins forces with a nutritionist to suggest 150 keto-friendly recipes. There's also a ton of comprehensive material at the start of the book that explains the diet and potential benefits in depth.
Recipe to try: Curry Chicken Stuffed Endive
George Stella Low-Carb Essentials: Everyday Low-Carb Recipes You'll Love to Cook ($33)
Perfect for: Anyone who wants to reduce their refined carbohydrate intake. Veteran Food Network chef George Stella has made each recipe without any white flour or added sugar.
Recipe to try: Zucchini Hashbrown Patties