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The Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution: Do You Have the Metabolism of a Hunter or a Farmer? Find Out...and Achieve Your Health and Weight-Loss Goals (Healthy Living (Hay House)) Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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About the Author

Mark Liponis, M.D., is the Corporate Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and has been a practicing physician for more than 20 years, including extensive experience in emergency departments and critical care units. The co-author of the New York Times bestseller UltraPrevention and the author of UltraLongevity, Dr. Liponis is internationally recognized as a leading expert in preventive and integrative medicine.

 

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  • Series: Healthy Living (Hay House)
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401935532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401935535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #637,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2012
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To optimize your weight loss and maximize your health, there are quite a few authors who propose that each of us falls into some kind of body type that responds to different foods. That seems to be true; some people thrive on carbohydrates, others need high protein and fats and pasta makes them balloon up. Author Liponis proposes that people who are apple shaped and can go a long time between meals are "hunters" and those who like snacking and lots of carbs are "farmers."

I am not sure of the exact validity of this; of course I use myself as a guinea pig and I know in the past as a skinny kid, I needed to eat frequently of balanced carbs and protein; too much of one thing and I was still hungry. But later in life, I found I was more likely to skip dinner and snacks are not interesting. And I'm an "apple shape." Hunters are resistant to insulin. (Takes more to pick up the insulin.) Smaller (under 6.5 lbs) birth weight is also associated with being a Hunter. Hunters have high cortisol and insulin levels, promoting that abdominal and visceral fat that is so harmful to health. Ok, so far, I think I'm ready to go pick up that bow and arrow.

On the other hand, the Farmers are pear shaped (bigger hips than chest), have higher birth weight and are less liable to diabetes and fatty liver disease. They always want more syrup on the pancakes, want a little sweet something and when you ask "will you have dessert" they say "Yes, please."

So the ideal Farmer diet is low fat, high fiber, high grain (they need those carbs) while Hunters need high protein, low gluten, and high in magnesium. And they're the ones that tend to diabetes. So far, I'm agreeing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By sjmothers on June 24, 2012
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This book broadened my outlook on diets. It makes a great deal of sense that any given diet can't work for all people. Taking into account our ancestral differences over generations made the difference to me. The nomadic hunter's life style certainly is not akin to the settled farmer's life style. My husband and I adapted our meals to meet the general philosophy of the hunter's menu. Without trying to cut back on calories, we both began a slow and steady reduction in weight. But, what surprised me even more was how I feel. I feel better. Check out the book; you may find that this idea works for you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Saffell on August 13, 2013
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I saw the PBS session and decided to get the book. The primary reason I bought the book was to review his discussion about how the way the individual stores body fat is a primary clue to metabolic function. He goes on to explain to how to optimize eating patterns for weight loss and health based on how your body stores fat. This discussion alone was worth the price of the book to me.

On the down side, he suggests that about 40% do best as Hunters and 40% do best as Farmers and then there's the 20% in limbo. If you clearly fall into either the Farmer or Hunter groups then you'll have some good directions on how to adjust your diet, lose weight and improve your health. If you fall into the 20% the book is ambiguous on how to adapt the dietary suggestions to a mixed metabolism.

That being said, don't underestimate the value of determining whether you are a Hunter or a Farmer. This is the only diet book I've come across that recognized that individuals store body fat distinctly differently as a metabolic function. The method of fat storage is determined both by what you eat and how you as an individual metabolize food. Changing your diet won't make you store fat differently but it may enable you to lose by working with your metabolism instead of against it.

His reasoning and deductions based on his clinical practice years may provide a lot of people with their own 'light bulb' moments and set them on the path to better health. If you are struggling with why you can't lose weight eating a seemingly healthy diet, this may provide the answers you were seeking.

So the book isn't perfect, but I thought it was definitely worth the money. The information will enable me to tweak our family eating plan to work with our metabolism patterns instead of trying to make one plan fit everyone.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M.T. on April 17, 2013
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I read the definitions of the Hunter and the Farmer in terms of metabolism and food choices and must say this concept makes perfect sense. As an American Indian, I found my body type and responses to particular foods resembled the "hunter" type. Historically, I have found that my body reacted better and I felt better eating certain types of foods and inversely to other types of foods. This book gave me an understanding why and how to eat for my metabolism type. I have noticed my clothes fit better and I am not battling fatigue as much as before. I am glad I bought the book.
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70 of 90 people found the following review helpful By ron larsen on May 2, 2012
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I saw an interview with this guy on TV and what he had to say sounded interesting. I bought the Kindle version of the book to save money since I am always skeptical about diet plans. His title "The Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution" is a just retoric but I guess if he had used the word "metabolism" it might not sound as interesting. I am not discounting his premise about the way different people should eat but he could have said that in about 2 pages with some charts. But then he wouldn't have a book to sell. Based on what I read (it took me about 5 minutes to skim through to find what I needed)I am of the "Hunter" type and based on that and my medical history I will make some adjustments to my diet. But, like I said, he didn't need a whole book to tell me that.
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