Living Low-Carb is the creation of Fran McCullough who is an award winning cookbook editor. While struggling with her own weight loss issues McCullough found that low carb dieting helped her to achieve the results she was looking for.
McCullough was not willing to forgo pleasurable foods in order to maintain her low carb lifestyle so she was prompted to put together a collection of recipes for a book called The Low-Carb Cookbook, which was to become a best seller.
Living Low-Carb is the follow up to her first book and it includes 175 low carb recipes as well as more detailed explanation and advice about low carb dieting.
It is not a diet book as such but more of a general guide to living a low carb lifestyle. McCullough does however provide some advice to increase a low carb dieter’s chance of success based on her own experiences and knowledge.
Fruit should be eaten at breakfast and dieters are advised to emphasize low carb fruits such as berries, kiwi, melon, and peaches. She also advises dieters to consume protein at every meal and recommends an amount of half a gram of protein for each pound of the dieter’s ideal weight.
For maximum weight loss the carbs should be kept below 30 grams daily with cream and butter consumption limited. Dinner should be eaten as early as possible and should be kept small.
McCullough does a good job of explaining the differences between the various approaches to low carb dieting and discusses the science and medical rationale behind them.
Green leafy vegetables, turnips, cauliflower, daikon radish, berries, melons, peaches, peanuts, avocado, olive oil, sesame oil, eggs, cheese, chicken, meat, fish.
Strawberries and cottage cheese
Walnuts with lemon ginger cream
Greek Salad with Herbs
Guacamole with raw vegetables
Moroccan style chicken
Intense chocolate cake
Exercise is encouraged for its health benefits rather than for any specific weight loss effects.
There may be an increase in grocery expenses due to the need to purchase high protein foods.
Although studies suggest that low carbohydrate diets are not superior to other dietary approaches for long-term weight loss they do appear to me more effective in the short term. This may give the dieter a boost in motivation that could increase the likelihood of adhering to a long-term weight loss program.
McCullough provides many interesting recipes suitable for a low carb diet and this book will appeal to dieters who do not want to give up delicious foods but would like to try a low carb diet. Her book may also help inspire long-term low carb dieters and strengthen their commitment to low carb dieting by providing appealing and tasty meal ideas.