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By now, the low-carb diet's refrain is a familiar one: "Bread is bad for you. Fat doesn't matter. Carbs are the real reason you can't lose weight."
The low-carb universe Dr. Atkins brought into being continues to expand. Low-carb diets, from South Beach to The Zone and beyond, are still the go-to method for weight loss for millions. These diets' marketing may differ, but they all share two crucial components: the condemnation of "carbs" and an emphasis on meat and fat for calories. Even the latest diet trend, the Paleo diet, is - despite its increased focus on some wholefoods - just another variation on the same carbohydrate fears.
In The Low-Carb Fraud, longtime leader in the nutritional science field T. Colin Campbell outlines where and how the low-carb proponents get it wrong: Where the belief came from that carbohydrates are bad and why it persists despite all the evidence to the contrary. The foods we misleadingly refer to as "carbs" aren't all created equal, and treating them that way has major consequences for our nutritional well-being.
If you're considering a low-carb diet, read this book first. It will change the way you think about what you eat - and how you should be eating to lose weight and optimize your health, now and for the long term.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2014 T. Colin Campbell (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Don on 11-03-2015

Thought food for everyone!

Everyone should read/listen to this book. Your future health depends on what you can learn here.
Awesome information ! Wow!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 08-10-2016

My diet is better than yours!

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

I was expecting some cogent discussion on the pitfalls of low-carb diets (which the book does contain in small parts).

However, the book primarily focuses on Campbell's insecurities and displeasure with the low-carb diet which runs counter to the principles in "The China Study" (of which he is the author) and his advocacy of the Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) diet.

Basically, the book is mostly just him saying, "My diet is better than yours!"

What could T. Colin Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less complaining and expressions of discontent and more rational discussion on the alleged drawbacks of low-carb diets.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine, if a little monotone in his narration.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

Campbell's childish, obviously unhappy and insecure tone which unfortunately makes up a significant proportion of the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By christina stoehrel on 16-05-2018

Is it too late to get my money back?

I recently started the keto diet, which is a low-carb diet. I was blown away how successfully I have been losing weight over the past few weeks. But when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. so I decided to try to read up on the downsides of low-carb diets. This book had surprisingly high ratings, I guess there's a lot of dumb people out there. I got that the author is a very well distinguished person in his field but this book was nothing but a persuasive argument. He pretty much spent the first two chapters just trash talking some Tobbs guy that I've never even heard of. All the author did was just try to defend himself from what tabs said in his book and discredit his work with some casual information. As a scientist myself I guess I was looking for an understanding of how our metabolism works and what actually happens to your body when you are on a low-carb diet. I quit this book after the first two chapters because I gleaned absolutely nothing from it. And it's really hard to believe the author when he tells you based on his research that low-carb diets don't work when you are living proof that they do. But just because of low carb diet works doesn't mean it's healthy. I think this guy was too busy trying to defend his life's work that was apparently criticized by someone else to actually give us some facts to work with. he came off as incredibly egotistical and childish. This book was definitely a complete and total waste of time and money in my pursuit of knowledge of how my metabolism works.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gwendolyn on 29-04-2018

Comprehensive and informative

This book really breaks down the problems with eating low carb diets. Everyone should read this.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mike Grice on 06-03-2017

Unsubstantiated claims and badly quoted research.

What would have made The Low-Carb Fraud better?

Evidence supported assumptions and statements. This author expect us to believe him without providing any evidence to back it up. When evidence is provided he mis quotes research or mis-represents the research.

Would you ever listen to anything by T. Colin Campbell again?

No. I find his book condescending and lacking the evidence to support his claims. He has mis represented the low carb movement and misses out key aspects of the studies over thte years. He is perpetuating the myth of High carb, low fat diet that is causing the obesity crisis.

Did Don Hagen do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not relevant on this book

What character would you cut from The Low-Carb Fraud?

The author.

Any additional comments?

Do not buy this book. It is not objective, balanced or based on sound or well supported evidence.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ian Radford on 10-09-2018

A great, but short book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but would have liked it to be a bit longer. Will definitely be listening to "The China Study", and "Whole", as the material presented here seems first class to me.

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