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-fiber, 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 11 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
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
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
Perfect for: People who want to improve their diet but don't want to give up their comfort-food favorites. 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
Perfect for: Slow-cooking devotees. Put your device to good use with more than 125 prep-and-go recipes that are perfect for busy budding chefs.
Recipe to try: Japanese-Style Triple Pork Soup
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
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
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: Sherpherd's pie.
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
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, RD ennifer Koslo shares tips for stocking your pantry and creative ingredient substitutes, too.
Recipe to try: Margherita Pizza
Perfect for: First-time dieters who want guidance about how to tackle their meal plan, as well as the best recipes to make. Another book by Pamela Ellgen, this guide provides a ton of useful information to get started.
Recipe to try: Macadamia-Crusted Halibut with Mango Coulis