Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.
When it comes to diet and nutrition, there is no better supplement than knowledge.
To understand the science behind metabolism, ketosis, and the keto diet, it is best to do your own research.
To help you in this journey, here’s a list of the best keto diet books and documentaries you should learn from to find out how to make your keto diet as effective and easy as possible.
Some of these titles are not specific to keto, but they will be just as helpful. Search for what you need:
These resources will help you make educated lifestyle, food, and exercise decisions so you can do keto in a way that works for you.
The books below focus on the science behind keto and other low carb diets. They can be an incredible tool no matter where you are in your keto journey.
“Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low Carb, High-Fat Lifestyle”
By: Jimmy Moore and Eric C. Westman, M.D.
If you follow any health blogs, you’ve probably ran across Jimmy Moore and his Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb website and podcast) There, he talks about his dramatic weight loss and how he turned his health around on a ketogenic diet.
In “Keto Clarity,” Moore and researcher Dr. Eric C. Westman combine their knowledge to talk about the benefits of a ketogenic diet, ranging from weight loss to reducing your risk of common health conditions like Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
“The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner”
By: Lyle McDonald
As the title suggests, this book is great for both health professionals and those with no prior health education. It discusses the physiology behind low-carb diets, from modified ketogenic diets for athletes to the benefits and drawbacks of eating keto. Each chapter is written in easy-to-understand language, providing a wealth of knowledge on how to maintain healthy living.
“The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable”
By: Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney
This book provides a practical, definitive, science-based guide to getting the most out of low carb eating. It’s an excellent resource for healthcare professionals and individuals alike, those looking to cut through misinformation online and follow a proven, scientific approach.
Doctors Volek and Phinney have a combined 50 years’ worth of experience, collectively publishing more than 200 chapters and research papers on low carbohydrate diets. They’ve written extensive research on the effectiveness of low carb diets in reducing health risks associated with insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
“The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”
By: Jeff Bolek and Stephen Phinney
If you enjoyed “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living,” you’ll love this other title by Bolek and Phinney. Here, the two doctors return to analyze the benefits of low carbohydrate living for athletes. They discuss how keto-adapted athletes experience benefits in training, recovery, and glycogen depletion — sometimes more than those who use glucose for fuel.
“Life Without Bread: How a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Can Save Your Life”
By: Christian B. Allan and Wolfgang Lutz
Though not specifically focused on ketosis, “Life Without Bread” examines how adopting a low carbohydrate diet can help prevent diabetes, cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Based on over 40 years of clinical research, “Life Without Bread” argues that a low carbohydrate diet can actually increase muscle mass, endurance, and strength.
“New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet For Shedding Weight and Feeling Great”
By: Eric C. Westman and Stephen D. Phinney
Throw out everything you heard about the Atkins diet. “New Atkins for a New You” focuses on using the “new version” of Atkins for long-term weight management.
The simplified and updated program helps you eat real, wholesome foods and stick to your plan even with a busy lifestyle. It includes success stories from real people, meal plans, and recipes anyone can follow.
The following collection is not limited to the keto diet. Instead, it focuses on high-fat, low carbohydrate diets in general, discussing topics related to ancestral health, sugar, and cholesterol.
“The Real Meal Revolution: The Radical, Sustainable Approach to Health Eating”
By: Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot, and Sally-Ann Creed
“The Real Meal Revolution” explores and debunks the long-held belief that fats, especially animal fats, lead to disease.
You’ll learn how to use a low carb, high-fat lifestyle for both weight control and restored overall health. In this book, years of scientific research are compiled to demonstrate how humans are meant to eat (including meat and saturated fats), and the associated health benefits.
“Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution: Advice and Recipes to Improve Your Health and Reduce Your Weight”
By: Andreas Eenfeldt
“Low Carb, High Fat Revolution” challenges everything you’ve been taught about the human diet. Dr. Eenfeldt examines the current government-recommended dietary guidelines and how they’re failing human health. Eenfeldt makes an in-depth analysis on how the low carb, high-fat way positively impacted his patients, and how to replicate their protocol in your own life.
“The Case Against Sugar”
By: Gary Taubes
In his latest book, Taubes investigates how entrenched the sugar industry is in Americans’ lives, how financially supported it is, and how it’s making humans really, really sick. Taubes argues sugar lies at the root of deadly health problems, starting with obesity.
You’ll learn about the history of sugar in America and how it evolved into an overused ingredient in the food industry. Taubes scrutinizes the connection between weight and sugar, labeling sugar as a highly-addictive substance.
“Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It”
By: Gary Taubes
From the same author who brought you “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” this breakthrough book presents captivating evidence on why you should completely eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. Gary Taubes highlights how current dietary guidelines still recommend carbohydrates make up 45–65% of our daily caloric needs — yet rates of obesity and heart disease continue to rise.
Taubes debunks the “calories in, calories out” process for weight management. “Why We Get Fat” teaches readers new research behind metabolic processes, all in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner.
“Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health”
By: William Davis
Davis wrote “Wheat Belly” after witnessing more than 2,000 cardiology patients regain their health after eliminating wheat. He uses cutting-edge nutrition and science to explain why humans experiencing myriad health problems, from high blood sugar and excess stomach fat (“wheat bellies”) to rashes, all due to consuming wheat and wheat products.
“The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It”
By: Malcolm Kendrick
“The Great Cholesterol Con” investigates the truth about cholesterol and heart disease, revealing a groundbreaking truth: high-fat diets — saturated fat included — don’t affect blood cholesterol levels. Included in his research? How medical professionals and the pharmaceutical industry profit from these false claims.
“Ignore the Awkward: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive”
By: Uffe Ravnskov
This book makes a captivating argument against current cholesterol myths. Ravnskov displays how the topic of cholesterol has been exaggerated, demonizing high-fat diets. His research findings present his somewhat controversial views regarding disease and cholesterol levels.
“Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fat”
By: Mary Enig
“Eat Fat, Lose Fat” studies how supposed health foods (like vegetables oils including soybean and corn) are partially to blame for modern health problems. Meanwhile, natural, high-fat foods like red meat, coconut oil, butter — all of which have been ostracized in health communities — are necessary for optimal health and weight loss. An added bonus: The book contains a collection of delicious recipes incorporating healthy fats.
“Wire to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods that Work For You”
By: Robb Wolf
A pioneer in ancestral eating, Robb Wolf is a health expert, bestselling author of “The Paleo Solution,” and former research biochemist who challenges the conventional approach to nutrition. In his new book, he details how an unconventional, high-fat approach can rewire your appetite, leading to boosted metabolism and overall weight loss.
Just looking for some yummy keto recipes to reference? The following are the best keto cookbooks to keep in your kitchen.
“The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet”
By: Leanne Vogel
The founder and author behind the popular website The Healthful Pursuit, Leanne Vogel brings an unconventional approach to achieving health and happiness. “The Keto Diet” brings a customizable plan that empowers individuals to develop a nutrition plan, throw away all diet restrictions, and follow a delicious, nourishing way of eating — all with mouthwatering ketogenic recipes.
“Keto Comfort Foods: Family Favorite Recipes Made Low Carb and Healthy”
By: Maria Emmerich
From the same author who brought you “The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook” (written with Jimmy Moore) and “The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse” comes a new keto cookbook transforming the meals you love into healthy keto recipes. Believing food is meant to bring people together, Emmerich rewrites the classic recipes that once brought her family around the table.
“Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking: The Fast Track to Epic Health and Wellness Living”
By: Diana Watson
This easy-to-digest (pun intended) ketogenic cookbook presents keto recipes anyone could make. Find keto meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, using ingredients almost anyone can find at the grocery store.
“The Beginner’s Keto Diet Cookbook”
By: Martina Slajerova
From the best-selling author of the “Keto Diet Cookbook” comes a new book written for beginners. While transitioning to a fat-burning metabolic state can prove difficult, it’s usually well worth it. Slajerova walks you through the first few weeks of the keto lifestyle, offering whole-food recipes to curb cravings, avoid keto flu symptoms, and combat food sensitivities.
Some people are more interested in watching than reading, so here are a few top-notch documentaries supporting a ketogenic, low carb lifestyle.
Tom Naughton directed and starred in this documentary, which attempts to refute the popular documentary “Super Size Me” and the associated lipid hypothesis theory.
In “Cereal Killers,” world-famous sports scientist and professor Tim Noakes (author of “The Real Meal Revolution” mentioned above) puts a man on a whole foods, high-fat, and sugar- and wheat-free diet for 28 days in an attempt to prevent the diabetes and heart disease that runs in his family.
“The Perfect Human Diet”
In this film, CJ Hunt travels around the world looking for a solution to high rates of diet-related diseases and obesity. Dubbed the, “world’s first paleo movie,” Hunt presents a new diet approach based on scientific facts and exclusive interviews.
It’s Time to Make Your Keto Reading List
Whether you enjoy a great book or prefer watching documentaries, you have more than enough titles to choose from.
Enjoy collecting extensive knowledge on keto, the benefits of high-fat diets, and the science behind human metabolism.
Hopefully, these books and documentaries guide you toward enhanced health and wellness. Have another title you’d suggest? Add it in the comments section below.