This is our updated 2019 version of the best keto diet books that everyone who is serious must read.
If you want to jump straight to purchasing them and reading the reviews just click the links below.
The Best Keto Diet Books List
- The Art and Science of Low Carb Living (hands down the most concise)
- Keto Clarity (by a guy that’s done it)
- The New Atkins for a New You (by the authors of the two above)
- Real meal Revolution (Not technically keto but a must read by the man who founded the sports science institute of South Africa)
- Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution by Dr Andreas Eenfeldt. (we’ve all heard of him if you haven’t read this)
When it comes to Diet and Nutrition, nothing is stronger than knowledge itself. We’ve shared the 5 best Keto Diet Books that we think everyone should own.
Ketogenic books that we own, read and reference often. They’re all written by leading Scientists and Doctors from all over the world.
The best way to gain knowledge is through research and life experiences. We believe we’re very knowledgeable about Ketogenic Dieting and live it. But we are guided by the research of leading scientists in the world of diet and nutrition.
While we always listen to our peers and their opinions are valued. We always follow it up by looking to the best scientific research available.
Naturally, we gravitate to those at the top of the Keto Diet and Nutrition food chain (The Scientists).
So without further delay, here are our 5 best Keto Diet books updated for 2018.
#1 The Art and Science of Low Carb Living
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living written by Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek. This is a comprehensive guide on Ketogenic Dieting and is our number one keto book.
With thorough direction on getting into a state of ketosis and staving off keto flu. This book has just about everything you need to know about ketogenic dieting.
One The Best Ketogenic Diet Books for Professionals and Dieters
The Art and Science of Low-Carb Living was initially written as a guide for health professionals. But it is an excellent companion for anybody following or contemplating a the Ketogenic Diet.
Written in plain English for everybody to understand.
It debunks common myths surrounding the need for carbohydrates.
Full of sound advice on how a ketogenic diet should be done properly step by step. Everything that should be included and omitted from your diet is right here. We keep this book by our sides and reference it often.
Who is Jeff Volek?
Dr. Jeff Volek is one of the foremost experts on low carbohydrate (keto) dieting in the world. He is a Professor at the Ohio State University in the United States.
Jeff Volek is a New York Times Best Seller and the author of many ketogenic diet books. Notably “The New Atkins For A New You”. Jeff Volek has done extensive research on keto diets positive effect on Type 2 Diabetes as well as Metabolic Syndrome.
Jeff Volek’s list of credentials are beyond the scope of this article and penning keto books.
The next time someone gives you their uneducated opinion on the evils of high-fat diets. Refer them to Professor Jeff Volek and hand them a link to his keto book, The Art and Science of Low Carb Living.
Who is Stephen Phinney?
Dr. Stephen Phinney is a Scientist with over three (nearly four) decades of studying nutrition. Dr. Phinney has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, University in the United States, an MD from Stanford University and Post Doctoral from Harvard.
He is also a New York Times Best Seller. He has co-authored books The New Atkins for a New You with Dr. Jeff Volek and is considered one of the foremost experts in the world on low carbohydrate eating.
This is one of the keto books we find ourselves turning too and referencing most. It gets our number one pick as the best book on LCHF ketogenic dieting.
#2 Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet
Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet written by Jimmy Moore and Dr Eric C. Westman.
This is one of the keto diet books that is perfect for those wanting to understand from a dieters perspective.
It stresses the fact that a low carbohydrate diet is not merely enough to reap the greatest benefits of low-carb, high-fat nutrition.
In Keto Clarity, Jimmy and Dr. Westman get down into the essential details on the importance of being in a state of nutritional ketosis to reap the greatest rewards in health and well-being.
Keto Diets Impact on Disease
They explain the real benefits, research completed and further being undertaken of keto’s impact on disease. Such as: type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Which makes complete sense to us. We already know that ketogenic diets have been used to control seizures in people suffering from epilepsy.
This Ketogenic Diet Book Debunks Fake News
Keto Clarity fantastically points out how some in the media report on incomplete nonscientific studies to bolster their arguments against Ketogenic Diets.
Many health professionals struggle to cope with ideas and studies that conflict with their own advice.
Instead of growing and moving in the right direction, ego gets in the way and they repel the truth. Ignoring solid research completed under proper scientific guidelines.
Keto Clarity Is Also Available As An Audiobook (try it you get two Audiobooks for FREE) which we really like. We love listening to our ketogenic diet books while exercising or driving.
We have just gotten through the Audiobook version of Keto Clarity which is a brilliant way for those who are short on time or just don’t like reading, Jimmy makes a great narrator.
We love this book, we love science and we love facts presented in a straightforward, no-nonsense, easy to understand manner. Spoken with the everyday “Joe” in mind. We highly recommend it.
This is one of those keto diet books for people wanting to understand what it’s all about.
#3 The New Atkins For a New You
The New Atkins For a New You is another of the ketogenic diet books by Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney. This time also co-authoring is Dr. Eric C. Westman a professor with expertise in diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance. He is also co-author of “Keto Clarity, a Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low Carb, High Fat Diet”. That we list as number two must have keto diet books.
A Greater Focus on Weight Loss
Again they discuss the science and benefits of low carbohydrate, high-fat and moderate protein eating. This time, they’ve authored a keto book directed at the broader community.
Focusing more on weight loss and keeping it off, with meal plans and new keto recipes.
Though we find The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living an easy enough to read.
A Ketogenic Diet Book For Lighter Reading
This book is for those who are less interested in the finer details and history of the ketogenic diet. It’s a book for those who enjoy a lighter reading approach that gets straight to the point.
Keep this keto diet book on hand and it will see you in good stead for a successful diet that is super easy to maintain.
It’s hard to argue with the science of ketogenic dieting after reading this. Especially when it’s presented in a ketogenic diet book by three of the world’s leading Professors in metabolic medicine.
#4 The Real Meal Revolution: The Radical, Sustainable Approach to Healthy Eating
The Real Meal Revolution: The Radical, Sustainable Approach to Healthy Eating is probably one of the most disruptive, most talked about books on diet and nutrition in South Africa if not worldwide.
Due to the fact that the author Professor Tim Noakes has been dragged before the Health Professionals Council of South Africa by the President (at the time) of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) for giving unprofessional advice (A bit odd for an association sponsored by Kelloggs). Update: Tim Noakes was cleared of misconduct.
We wrote at the time: It seems by all due accounts that they wish they hadn’t. The trial will resume in October 2016.
The evidence and research being presented by Tim Noakes and other experts in his defense have made these “health professionals” look a little silly.
While the Banting Diet that Tim Noakes advises as being ideal is not exactly a Ketogenic Diet (because it recommends small portions of fruit).
Banting is still a very low carbohydrate, high fat, and moderate protein diet.
Being responsible and hungry for the facts on nutrition we recommend and follow Tim Noakes closely as his research is sound, thorough and well-tested.
We never ignore good science, so we include this on our must-read ketogenic diet books list.
Tim Noakes co-founded the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. He has published several books documenting his research.
Read the Real Meal Revolution and follow Tims trial in the news, it is looking like the outcome of it could be a Revolution of its own.
Tips to get a Free Copy of these Keto Diet Books on Audible or Kindle
- You can sign up for a free an Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial on Kindle here select your book and if you don’t like it just cancel. I’m willing to bet you’ll keep it though, they’re all great references to have on hand.
- If you prefer to listen to Audiobook versions you can try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks, cancel anytime. I like to listen to audiobooks in their entirety while I’m exercising or driving and keep the paperback or kindle edition as a reference guide.
Concluding The Best Keto Diet Books of 2019
It was our continued thirst for educating ourselves by reading books by experts, research real science by real scientists. That led us to switch toward an LCHF ketogenic diet and away from the food pyramid in the first place.
We were initially looking at ways to tackle binge eating and cravings. Obstacles that prevent so many people from maintaining calorie-restricted diets.
What we found, not only made complete sense. I was also backed by over a century of continued research and studies by highly regarded Professors and Doctors.
We swallowed our pride, ditched our ego’s (along with the carbs) and boarded the ketogenic diet train. It was a hard pill to swallow, the realization that we were wrong for so long.
But we knew only what we had learned previously, you can’t blame us for that.
Nobody should find shame in changing their well-intended ways when better, more sound science is presented.
That is how you grow and become great at what you do.
We guarantee that we will continue studying the sciences of nutrition and evolve as it does. To become rusted on to an old idea just “because” is simply self-defeating and unprofessional.
That is why we handpicked the best ketogenic diet books around to get you on your way, “no broscience”.