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The keto diet is one of the most effective for weight loss and has gained popularity in both celebrity circles and with us regular folk. By replacing most of the carbs in your diet with fats, the keto diet rewires your body to burn fat into energy rather than carbs. It can be difficult at first, but once your body gets used to its new rhythm, the pounds practically fall off!
You may need to replace your fruits with eggs and your grains with bacon, but that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? So, whether you’re new to keto or you’re a long-time fan looking to expand your recipe repertoire, finding a decent guide is key to sticking to your diet! Here’s our choice of the 5 best ketogenic cookbooks, all available in an easy-to-read spiral format.
As well as presenting more than 100 delicious recipes, Suzanne Ryan explains the science behind the theory of the keto diet, providing insight into what happens to your body as it evolves to this new way of fat-burning.
You’ll find tips on how to shop for your groceries, what to order at restaurants, and how to follow your diet on the move. The book is also infused with handfuls of tricks to help you incorporate this diet into your lifestyle, as well as a 30-day meal plan to get you started.
When people think about keto, the first thing that generally comes to mind is bacon and fatty meats, but it doesn’t need to be so meat-heavy. If you follow a plant-based diet, Ketotarian by Dr. Will Cole is one of the best money can buy.
Even if you’re not strictly vegetarian but just fancy leading a more plant-based diet, this book will open your eyes to the veggie way of life. There are also vegan-friendly recipes and lots of ideas for fishy additions, making it also a suitable choice for pescatarians.
While many diet cookbooks are structured in a way that makes them feel more like a book of rules, The Easy 5 Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is quite the opposite. Jen Fisch offers up a range of simple, fuss-free meals consisting of common ingredients you can easily find at your local store.
Disregarding all the faff that comes with many diet books, this one is quick to get into the juicy details, with just a brief intro into keto and a simple diet plan. All 130 recipes can be made with just 5 ingredients in under 30 minutes, with most of them only requiring one pot, making it perfect for those who just want to get some hearty food on the table and be done with it!
For those of you who think that dieting gets rid of all the good stuff like cakes and sweets - think again! Carolyn Ketchum's Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking shows how you can have your cake - and eat it!
The book first takes you through an in-depth cooking lesson, covering baking basics such as how to choose decent kitchen equipment and the importance of measuring ingredients correctly. The rest of the book is dedicated to over 150 sweet and savory mouth-watering recipes - all without succumbing to high-carb ingredients like sugar.
If you prefer cookbooks that take a more light-hearted approach, The Dirty, Lazy Keto Cookbook will be right up your street. Relatable, easy to follow, and completely judgment-free, this is an excellent choice if you don't want your diet to be too structured.
Unlike many other keto cookbooks, this one doesn't include a long list of 'can't have's' - it's more like 'can have's' within moderation. Many of the dishes do, in fact, contain carbs but only allow a maximum of 10g per dish - which is still a considerable decrease compared to most people's regular diets.
So, if you want to teach your body to burn fat instead of carbs for energy, hook yourself up with one of these Spiral Ketogenic Cookbooks. If none of these takes your fancy, head over to our Keto section, where you'll find tonnes more to choose from. Happy dieting!