I am a book lover. Reading is probably my favorite way to learn about something new. In my quest to become educated about eating a low-carb diet, I'm now reading Life Without Bread: how a low-carbohydrate diet can save your life. It's the fourth low-carb book I've read, and my favorite so far.
Unlike S. Beach and Atkins, this book is about more than eating low-carb to lose weight. The author gives all kinds of statistics, studies and research findings that show how consuming a low carbohydrate diet if beneficial to the body for all kinds of reasons. It's not wordy and complicated. Doesn't have you go through phases as a means to lose weight -- it's just about good, clean low-carbohydrate living.
I'm thinking of having my brother in med. school read it. Unlike the other books I've read, it has a lot more technical information on the whys of carb-controlled eating.
In fact, since I started reading it, I'm realizing that I probably would benefit from doing a better job of tracking my carbohydrate consumption. So, I've come up with a modified plan:
Foods and food groups that don't require carb tracking
cheeses (including cottage cheese)
fats / oils
2 servings of dairy (per day -- more than that needs to be tracked)
Track the net carbs (total carbs - fiber) of all other foods and keep the carb total under 50 grams.
Right now my plan is to keep a food journal and track carbs until I've reached my weight loss goal (20 lbs). Once I'm at my goal, I'll continue to eat a low-carb diet but see how it goes without tracking carbs and writing down everything I eat.