Imagine Atkins but instead of just monitoring your carbohydrate intake, you also monitor your fat, protein AND calories (yeah, I know, MATH! That’s where MyFitnessPal makes a HUGE difference). That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. What initially fascinated me was the fact that the clinical version of the Ketogenic Diet is being used for treating epilepsy in children. The clinical version is much more strict than the nutritional Ketogenic Diet and requires medical supervision. The links to books on Amazon are through my Amazon store. I just want to remind you that I make no money from any sales there (my account expired).
For a basic explanation of the nutritional Ketogenic Diet, go to this Google Doc: Keto in a Nutshell
Now, for a very scientific book about both the clinical and nutritional Ketogenic Diet, you really should read this book:
The Ketogenic Diet by Lyle McDonald (http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/the-ketogenic-diet) (This was my gateway book)
I have also found these books helpful:
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek (http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Science-Carbohydrate-Performance/dp/0983490716/ref=as_li_bk_tl/?tag=brennole-20&linkId=8f6ee6d4d9eca066f233ca0423fa4e13&linkCode=ktl) (Believe it or not, these authors co-authored Dr. Atkins’ “The New Atkins for a New You” with Eric C. Westman)
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek (http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Science-Carbohydrate-Performance/dp/0983490716/ref=as_li_bk_tl/?tag=brennole-20&linkId=3aa6764bc8708788c1e6a40f2d6412a6&linkCode=ktl)
Protein Power by Michael R. Eades and Mary Dan Eades (http://www.amazon.com/Protein-Power-Lifeplan-Michael-Eades/dp/0446678678/ref=as_li_bk_tl/?tag=brennole-20&linkId=19883e83dc85a2f899d3f9b8f7239490&linkCode=ktl) This book is good if you do not intend to lower your carbohydrate intake as much as I have (it calls for higher carbs and lower protein than I am eating). The BEST thing about this book is they teach you how to figure out exactly what your Lean Body Mass is (if you were to magically get rid of all your fat) and you body fat percentage (plus, exactly how to figure out your best weight range).
Here is a fantastic interview with Stephen D. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek about the Ketogenic Diet:
Here a video I just stumbled onto. It’s an hour presentation by Jeff Volek, the co-author of the two books above: