To be honest, I first read The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Steven Phinney and Jeff Volek, which is about increasing your physical output while being under ketogenic nutrition. The book is quite good but it does not go into details with the science of very low carbohydrate nutrition. It’s a good read and it’s only 170+ pages.
I read it while starting my ketogenic experiment. I finished it quite quickly and I wanted to know more about the science behind it, which is why I started reading The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, written by the same two authors. This one has 315+ pages and it references 140 research studies.
They first tell us a little history lesson and talk about how Phinney researched the case of an explorer who lived only with fat and meat during a one year expedition to a very cold location.
Their book is divided into 5 sections and 21 chapters. They cover the perspective of low-carb nutrition, then they further into the physiology behind the program, then they talk about clinical applications of ketogenic diets, while the last section is covered by guests such as: Eric Kossoff, Jacqueline Eberstein, and Jimmy Moore.
I remember that I had a few questions that I couldn’t find answer to before reading this book. I wasn’t sure about the total-carb – net-carb concept. I learned that fibers do not spike insulin levels, which is why only net carbs matter. It can become tricky for a less-initiated persona who’s not able to hit ketosis (the special metabolic state).