The Hybrid Diet

Your body thrives on two fuels - discover how to boost your energy and get leaner and healthier by alternating fats and carbs

by Patrick Holford, Jerome Burne

A radically different, practical and doable way to achieve a healthy weight and substantially reduce your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.

'If you follow the advice here, you will improve your health, lose weight, avoid diabetes and reduce your risk of cancer and Alzheimer's. What more could you ask?' Dr Malcolm Kendrick, GP and author of The Great Cholesterol Con

'A highly readable, smart and well-reasoned book based on the latest generation of rigorous science' Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, and Adjunct Professor, New York University

Recent research has shown that a diet that is very low in carbs and high in good fats is effective for weight loss, can counteract many diseases and also help athletic performance and endurance. The drawback is that it is difficult to stick to - because most people love carbs. But, as The Hybrid Diet demonstrates, we don't need to choose.

The human body has been designed through millions of years of evolution to burn two different sources of fuel - glucose (which comes from the carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables) and ketones (which are made in the body from fat) - and to switch between them when food is scarce.

The point of The Hybrid Diet is to show you how to make the best use of both options when you need them, and how best to switch between them. In their quest to discover the perfect diet, leading health journalist Jerome Burne and nutrition expert Patrick Holford have examined the latest cutting-edge science and have put together a plan that is sound, simple and delicious - one that is based on how your body works best.

  • Little, Brown Book Group; March 2019
  • ISBN: 9780349419435
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The Hybrid Diet
  • Author: Patrick Holford; Jerome Burne
  • Imprint: Piatkus

In The Press

Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne are superb communicators and their writings are soundly based on the scientific and medical literature and very much at the forefront of nutritional medicine.

Emeritus Professor David Smith, University of Oxford

About The Author

Patrick Holford (author)
Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, NTCRP is a leading spokesman on nutrition in the media and one of Britain's top nutrition experts. He is the author of over 30 books, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible, The Low-GL Diet Bible, and Food is Better Medicine than Drugs. In 1984 he founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION). ION has been researching and helping to define what it means to be optimally nourished for the past 32 years and is one of the most respected educational establishments for training nutritional therapists. In 1997 Patrick retired as director of ION to concentrate on writing and conducting workshops and lectures. Patrick is also founder of Food for the Brain Foundation and director of the Brain Bio Centre, the foundation's treatment centre. He is in the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame and is an honorary fellow of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy, as well as a member of the Nutrition Therapy Council and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare council.

Jerome Burne (author)
Jerome Burne is an award-winning medical and health journalist who, for over 25 years, has been writing for most of the UK nationals about the latest developments in health and cutting-edge research. He is co-author of Food is Better Medicine than Drugs, with Patrick. He was an early champion of probiotics and vitamin D, and was one of the first in the UK to write about epigenetics - the ability of our environment to directly affect our genes. In 2012 he was won the Medical Science Explained category in the Medical Journalist's Association awards. He writes regularly for the Daily Mail Good Health pages and edits a blog at, which promotes a lifestyle approach to health and treatment.