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Whether you plan to stick to all the keto diet rules or cherry-pick a few, there are a number of potential benefits of going low-carb. By following the keto diet, your body goes into a metabolic state called ketosis. This means your body becomes very efficient at burning fat for energy. The keto diet can massively reduce your blood sugar and insulin levels. According to research, 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 15 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.
Here are our picks for the best low-carb cookbooks.
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Amy Ramos
Perfect for: Keto-diet rookies. This guide created by a professional chef is the No. 1 bestseller 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
Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss by Suzanne Ryan
Perfect for: Fans of Keto Karma, Suzanne Ryan's popular blog, and YouTube channel. The foodie (who previously weighed 289 pounds) 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
500 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender
Perfect for: Low-carb dieters who have run out of meal ideas. This cookbook offers a long list of recipe suggestions, spanning one-dish meals when you're dining solo, snacks and desserts, and hearty dinners.
Recipe to try: Jamaican Pepperpot Soup
Keto Comfort Foods by Maria Emmerich
Perfect for: People who want to improve their diet but don't want to give up their comfort-food favorites. In this cookbook, nutrition and exercise physiology expert 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
Easy Low-Carb Slow Cooking by Robin Donovan
Perfect for: Slow-cooking devotees. Put your device to good use with more than 125 affordable prep-and-go recipes that are perfect for busy budding chefs. Contains detailed nutritional information.
Recipe to try: Japanese-Style Triple Pork Soup
The Ketogenic Cookbook by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich
Perfect for: Those who follow Jimmy Moore, leading low-carb diet blogger and podcast host who has lost 180 pounds. 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
Low-Carb Essentials: Everyday Low-Carb Recipes You'll Love to Cook by George Stella
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
The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook by Pamela Ellgen
Perfect for: Anyone who thinks their slow cooker only makes braised meat. This book includes 120 delicious and inventive slow cooker recipes, plus guidance from nutrition, fitness, and wellness expert Pamela Ellgen.
Recipe to try: Shepherd's Pie
Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes for a Joyful Life by Anna Vocino
Perfect for: Celiacs or those with gluten intolerance. Foodie Anna Vocino shares the recipes that helped her lose weight after being diagnosed with celiac disease, including classic meals and family favorites.
Recipe to try: Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Low-Carb Cravings Cookbook: Your Favorite Foods Made Low-Carb by Dr. Jennifer Koslo
Perfect for: Those who want to be healthier this year but know they won't be able to stick to a diet without their favorite comfort foods. In this book, dietician Jennifer Koslo shares tips for stocking your pantry and offers creative ingredient substitutes, too.
Recipe to try: Margherita Pizza
The Low Carb Cookbook & Weight Loss Plan by Pamela Ellgen
Perfect for: First-time dieters who want guidance about how to tackle their meal plan, as well as the best recipes to make. This guide, which is also by nutrition, fitness, and wellness expert Pamela Ellgen, provides a ton of useful information to get you started.
Recipe to try: Macadamia-Crusted Halibut with Mango Coulis
Southern Keto by Natasha Newton
Perfect for: Those who are so not down to give up good old Southern cooking. You can totally still eat cheesecake, pan-fried chicken, and biscuits on a keto diet, according to blogger Natasha Newton. She shows you how in Southern Keto.
Recipe to try: Memphis-Style Ribs
The Keto Guido Cookbook Vinny Guadagnino
Perfect for: The Jersey Shore diehard that wants Vinny Guadagnino's sleek physique. If you've caught up with Jersey Shore's Guadagnino anytime recently, you know that mom's Italian home cooking is on the back burner—at least for now. That's because he's all about the keto diet. In his cookbook, find over 100 recipes as well as a seven-day ketogenic diet meal plan.
Recipe to try: Vegetarian Chili with Avocado and Sour Cream
Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats by Urvashi Pitre
Perfect for: Keto dieters with a sweet tooth. Author Urvashi Pitre, a consultant, has lost 80 pounds on the keto diet—and that did not involve giving up dessert. Enjoy her recipes for quick bread, muffins, pancakes, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, and more.
Recipe to try: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops
The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Jen Fisch
Perfect for: Those who think they can't cook. Blogger Jen Fisch's one-container recipes are foolproof; they only take five ingredients. She includes all nutritional information, including macros.
Recipe to try: Baked Garlic and Paprika Chicken Legs
Cleveland Clinic. What 30 Days on the Keto Diet Feels Like. January 22, 2018
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