* The popular keto diet is a high-fat, low-carb way of eating
*Five keto books that Amazon users love
* Education and recipes for traditional and diary-free keto
The ketogenic diet (keto) is still experiencing major buzz in 2019 after being the most popular diet of last year. Celebs like Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian and Tim Tebow all follow the high-fat, moderate-protein and super low-carb lifestyle to maintain fit physiques.
Keto involves removing almost all carbohydrates and sugars from your diet so that your body turns to burning stored fat instead of just the food you’re consuming. In this process, called ketosis, the body readjusts from its usual method of burning glucose (sugar created by carbs) to gain energy to burning ketones (energy from fats) instead. Supporters of the diet maintain that running on ketones is more beneficial to the body because it eliminates unnecessary weight, lowers blood sugar, increases good cholesterol and may improve brain functions.
If you’re interested in trying out the so-called “wonder diet” or just looking to expand your recipe collection, here are five of Amazon’s top-rated keto cookbooks—all with at least 1,000 reviews—to bring fat power into your kitchen.
1. Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss
Author Suzanne Ryan lost over 100 pounds in just a year while following the keto diet. After finding major success with her lifestyle blog, Keto Karma, she’s sharing her best keto tips and recipes on paper. Customers love Ryan’s super simple 30-day meal plan, and the book includes more than 100 quick recipes perfect for beginners or those short on time, including parmesan-crusted salmon bakes and brownies.
2. The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet
Leanne Vogel, the creator of Healthful Pursuit, a keto lifestyle brand, focuses on personalizing keto to fit your needs with five beginner meal plans and over 125 recipes. Unlike most other keto gurus, Vogel’s approach to keto is completely dairy-free and paleo-friendly. Readers said they felt educated and prepared to take on the lifestyle change to keto after reading Vogel’s comprehensive research into how the diet affects body functions.
3. Craveable Keto Cookbook
One of the main threats to sticking to a diet is boredom. Peace, Love and Low-Carb blogger Kyndra Holley aims to break up the monotony by providing 130 keto versions of popular comfort foods like bagels, ice cream and fish and chips. Holley also addresses keto concerns outside of the kitchen like eating out, daytime snacking and drinking alcohol. Holley’s transparency about her difficult health journey and creative flavor combinations (pizza eggs are a huge hit) have reviewers singing her praises.
4. The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
This next cookbook is written by Amy Ramos, a professional chef of more than 25 years specializing in holistic health and medically restricted diets. Ramos walks readers through the process of beginning keto step-by-step with an introduction to the diet, a 14-day meal plan and 75 recipes. Many customers use the book as an aid on their journey to controlling diabetes and appreciate Ramos’ straightforward approach to healing through food.
5. The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse
Give Maria Emmerich 30 days and she’ll get you well on your way to living a keto life, whether you’re a newbie or returning from a keto sabbatical. Emmerich, who has published multiple keto cookbooks, crafted a Whole 30-compliant, dairy-free and nut-free meal plan to smooth the body’s transition into ketosis, supplemented with tips to keep your body functioning at its best now and after you’ve finished the plan. Reviewers especially love Emmerich’s elevated flavors and versatile sauces.