Authors: Jonny Bowden
for Long-Term Weight Loss
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Foreword by Barry Sears, PhD,
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Living low carb : controlled-carbohydrate eating for long-term weight loss / Jonny Bowden ; foreword by Barry Sears.
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5. The 7-Day Low-Carb Rescue and Recovery Plan
—Rachael Heller, MA, M.Ph, PhD, and Richard Heller, MS, PhD
who gives me wings
There are three things in life that induce powerful visceral responses: religion, politics, and nutrition. Each is based on assumptions, and the adherents of each want to believe in their hearts that they are right; and of course they refuse to be confused by the facts. In the world of nutrition, nothing has generated as much heartburn as lower-carbohydrate diets. To the nutrition establishment, they are the equivalent of devil worship. To the medical establishment, they will cause massive increases in chronic disease and death. But to the millions of people who have used them, they seem to work. Obviously, there appears to be a disconnect between reality and fantasy. Are lower-carbohydrate diets actually safe? And what really
a lowercarbohydrate diet? Is a lower-carbohydrate diet the same as
high-fat or high-protein diet? Are there any magical supplements that can make you lose excess body fat? Into this quagmire of controversy steps Jonny Bowden.
I first met Jonny nearly thirteen years ago. I had just written my first book,
, and I was speaking about it in New York City. At the time, Jonny was a very well-recognized nutritionist working with a wide variety of clients ranging from those seeking weight loss to fitness enthusiasts. Like any typical New Yorker, he was skeptical of anything new, especially when it concerned diets. His skepticism was on particularly high alert since my book not only recommended lower-carbohydrate diets for patients with diabetes and heart disease, but also for world-class athletes. After all, he had been training athletes for years using high-carbohydrate diets, and here was some pointy-head scientist telling him that all of his nutritional advice for athletes was wrong. Needless to say, he was ready to rake me over the coals. That is, until he heard my lecture. For the first time, he was introduced to the nuances of hormonal control theory using food as a drug. Although there was a lot of endocrinology (the science of hormones) being thrown around in the lecture, there were enough key points that Jonny had to take notice. After the lecture, he asked if we could talk. And for the next two hours, I went into more detail (probably more than he ever wanted to know) on the intricate dance of hormones that are controlled by the diet. Jonny then asked me, “If you are right about this, then everyone in nutrition is probably wrong.” My reply was “Yes.”