First thing to do is to get a book. You can start with the library, but when you find one you like, you should buy it because you’ll want to refer to it over and over. Why get a book? Because so many people think they are eating a low carb diet, but they really aren’t. Then they think low carb eating doesn’t work.
My own opinion is that the low carb books written for adults can be used for children. See my posts on safety for more information. But there are two books I’ve seen about low carb eating written specifically for children and teens. Both were written by Atkins-affiliated doctors.
“No More Fat Kids” by James Bailes, Jr., MD. Bailes is on the Atkins Science Advisory Board. He began using low carb diets to treat childhood obesity after a first year resident did a follow up study on about 100 children that Dr. Bailes had counseled about weight loss. At the time, Dr. Bailes recommended cutting back fat intake diet, 30-45 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, and watching total calories.
The resident showed that the children did not lose weight or even slow down their weight gain. Most gained at the same rate and some gained even faster than before. Only 1 patient out of 25 lost weight on a low fat diet.
Then he experimented with a diet where children could eat as much as they wanted, but no more than 30 grams of carbohydrates daily. The average child lost 14 pounds in two months and 24 pounds in four months. ”No More Fat Kids” was developed from his clinical experience treating obese kids with low carb diets.
“Feed Your Kids Well” by Fred Pescatore, MD. When he wrote this book, Dr. Pescatore was the Associate Medical Director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine.
Other books about low carb eating that I found useful are:
Living Low Carb: Controlled Carbohydrate Eating for Long Term Weight Loss, by Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS. This is a terrific book to start with because it summarizes and critiques many of the low carb eating plans out there. It also has easy-to-read information about how low carb eating creates weight loss.
The New Atkins for a New You , by Dr. Eric C. Westman, Dr. Stephen D. Phinney, and Dr. Jeff S. Volek
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, by Dr. Stephen D. Phinney and Dr. Jeff S. Volek–If you want to dig deep into the research around low carb versus low fat, this is a good choice.