The book contains more than 175 delicious recipes if you’re also looking for practical ideas for low-carb meals you can cook while on this diet.
The diets goal is to offer you a program that lets you develop your own personal eating style so you can determine your best approach to living on a low-carb diet and so you can know if this lifestyle is for you.
Fran reviews a number of popular low-carb diet approaches from the Paleo diet & Atkins to The Zone & Susanne Somers’ Get Skinny on Fabulous Food.
She also offers practical tips for common lifestyle situations such as dealing with impromptu dinner invitations, parties, holidays and eating out at restaurants.
What’s Involved in Living Low-Carb
Every diet author has their own unique approach to going on a low-carb diet and Fran McCullough is no different. On this diet she has the following suggestions.
- Reduce your carb intake to no more than 30 grams per day.
- Cut out white foods such as sugar, rice, flour, bread and potatoes.
- Eat healthy fats including olive oil, avocados and nuts.
- Add protein to every meal – about half a gram for every pound of your ideal body weight.
- Eat whole foods – raw if possible.
- Drink 8 – 12 glasses of water per day so you can detox daily.
The diet seems easy enough to follow but some suggestions might be too restrictive in the long-term.
The suggestion to add half a gram of protein to every meal makes this diet a very high protein diet approach which can be a bit risky especially if you have bad kidneys. For persons with average weight, this works out to be about 60 – 80 grams of protein in every meal which is a lot of protein every day. If you have a condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you should consult with your doctor first before you start this diet.
The book’s best feature is the 175 recipes that can make it easy to cook delicious low-carb meals.
Fran also gives tips on shopping for the foods you’ll use for the recipes.
Pros of Living Low-Carb
- Written in an easy to follow style
- Recipes makes it easy to prepare low-carb foods
- Offers tips for dealing with parties and holidays
- Reliable approach
Cons of Living Low-Carb
- high-protein approach can be risky for some individuals
- works better as a cook-book
Can You Lose Weight on this Diet?
Yes, you can lose weight on the Living Low-Carb diet.
Low-carb diets have been shown to help with weight loss and most diets that do work have employed this method of dieting.
Eating protein foods during your meals can keep you fuller for much longer because proteins take a while to be digested. This helps to ease cravings and also helps you to eat less which can reduce some calories in the process.
Reduction in calories can help you create a calorie deficit over time which results in weight loss.
Following the Living Low-Carb diet can help you to lose weight but there are much better approaches to the low-carb diet. The high-protein nature of this diet is what concerns me the most.
For example, on the 3 Week Diet, which isn’t a lifestyle diet but a diet designed for fast weight loss, you only add protein (15- 20 grams for women and 20 – 25 grams for men) to certain meals over the course of the 21 day plan. This is an example of what is called an adequate protein, low-carb diet which is a much safer approach.
The Living Low-Carb diet by Fran McCullough offers practical tips and many delicious recipes for losing weight on a low-carb diet.
However, the high-protein nature of the diet may not be suitable for everyone. It can be too restrictive at times for a long term approach.
You will lose weight on the Living Low-Carb diet but in my opinion, it works much better as a cook-book with it’s 175 delicious recipes.