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The New Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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There are many different ways to approach wellbeing, and The Primal Blueprint makes lifestyle change simple, doable, and sustainable. It feels like the reader cannot fail because the principles are common-sense and open-ended.
Katy Bowman, Nutritious Movement guru, author of Move Your DNA and Movement Matters
Mark Sisson is a pioneer in the evolutionary health movement and a bona fide fat-burning beast. If you want to learn from the best, The Primal Blueprint is required reading. So drop that sandwich and pick up this book. You’re going to love it!
Abel James, New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Diet and Award-Winning Host of Fat Burning Man
If I think back about books, people, and experiences that have influenced and shaped me, it’s hard to think of a book (The Primal Blueprint) and person (Mark Sisson) that have had greater impact on my life. The Primal Blueprint was not only one of the first books on the scene with the emergence of paleo/primal/ancestral health, it has also stood the test of time. That’s pretty remarkable given how rapidly we gain new information and insights these days. Millions of people have improved their lives via Mark’s work, and I certainly count myself amongst those who live a better life because of The Primal Blueprint and Mark’s passion for all things health.
Robb Wolf, former research biochemist and New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
The Primal Blueprint impacted the way I practice medicine more than any medical textbook or journal I've ever read. I came out of medical training ill-equipped to manage the deluge of lifestyle-induced chronic health conditions I encountered in my patients. My greatest weapon at that time was my prescription pad. The Primal Blueprint changed that completely. It not only transformed my own health, but gave me a template to help manage and actually reverse diseases in my patients. Mark masterfully weaves together complex exercise and nutrition science, ancestral health, and his profound, yet practical wisdom gained from his years of being an elite athlete and a normal human being who suffered physical and mental burnout. The result is an elegant, yet simple solution to optimal health that is now not only the gold standard in the world of health and fitness, but is also having a growing impact on physicians and health practitioners around the world.
Dr. Ronesh Sinha, author of The South Asian Health Solution and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Director of Corporate Wellness for Sutter Health in Silicon Valley
Far and away, the most important health concept in the The Primal Blueprint is that the metabolic state of burning fat is essential to normal health. We often think of exercise as a way to burn fat, but if your diet does not contain the right nutrients, you will not burn fat optimally. I regularly recommend this book to patients at my weight loss clinic―it offers a safe, sensible, and comprehensive plan for a complete lifestyle transformation. By following such recommendations for diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I have seen patients double their fat burning capacity in four weeks. Years of clinical experience has taught me that fat-burning is the biggest factor in determining long-term weight management success as well as moderation of disease risk factors.
Dr. Cate Shanahan (DrCate.com), author of Deep Nutrition and Food Rules, Science Director of the Los Angeles Lakers PRO Nutrition program
Reading The Primal Blueprint and adopting a primal lifestyle saved my life, as I was struggling with weight issues, food addictions, adrenal fatigue, and unresolved thyroid disease despite extensive medical intervention. I thought I was eating extremely healthy, and exercising optimally, but the results were exhaustion, weight gain, and blood work showing conditions of pre-diabetes and thyroid dysfunction. Going primal helped eliminate my health problems relatively quickly and easily. I became fat-adapted, energetic, healthy, happy, and free of suffering for the first time in years. If you are pre-diabetic, have extra weight to lose, or have an unhealthy relationship with food, going primal can help you break free from your struggles and promote the optimal gene expression that you deserve.
Elle Russ, author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution, host of Primal Blueprint Podcast
Mark Sisson is a natural born coach. His long career as a personal trainer and coach of elite endurance athletes has infused his Primal Blueprint message with inspiration, support, and sensitivity. As you read The Primal Blueprint, it feels like Mark is there with you every step of the way offering personal guidance and a gentle, supportive touch.
Christine Hassler, M.A., bestselling author of Expectation Hangover, keynote speaker, podcast host and Coaching Director of the Primal Health Coach certification program
Mark Sisson’s influence has extended across the globe and been a great inspiration for us in promoting the big picture of healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle principles here in the United Kingdom. Unlike so many diet and fitness gurus with extreme, overly-stressful programs, The Primal Blueprint offers a sensible approach to lifestyle change, one that allows you to express your personal preferences and have fun along the way.
Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore, London, England-based authors of Paleo Primer and Paleo Primer: Second Helping
Mark Sisson and The Primal Blueprint played an instrumental role in launching the ancestral health movement many years ago. I notice in my functional medicine practice that many people respond to simple lifestyle changes that honor our evolutionary development―doing things like ditching grains, sugars, and refined vegetable oils, consuming more nutrient-dense plant and animal foods, getting sensible exercise instead of overdoing it, and placing more emphasis on sleep. The Primal Blueprint covers all the bases to leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s at the top of my recommended reading list for anyone interested in reclaiming their health with diet and lifestyle change.
Chris Kresser, author of The Paleo Cure and Your Personal Paleo Code, and Co-director and President of California Center for Functional Medicine
As a former professional athlete like Mark Sisson, I understand how pursuing competitive athletic goals can actually compromise your health instead of support it. The Primal Blueprint helped me reframe my perspective about what being healthy really mean and helped me embrace a broader perspective of fitness. Mark is a guy who has been there and done that; his credibility is excellent, as is his research to support his ideas. If you are looking to get healthy and fit, then get The Primal Blueprint.
Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author of School of Greatness and host of the School of Greatness Podcast
I’ve known Mark Sisson personally for many years and watched him shape and inspire the burgeoning primal/paleo/evolutionary health movement. Unlike many health and fitness leaders, Mark is open, approachable, and focused on the community instead of being dogmatic. He has the respect of everyone from those first encounters at speaking events to the leading scientists, medical experts, and elite athletes in the health world. The Primal Blueprint is a great way to get an easy-to-read comprehensive education on primal living.
Ben Greenfield, BenGreenfieldFitness.com(Editorial Review)
About the Author
Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. With over 2 million unique monthly visitors, the blog is one of the top-ranked health resource websites on the Internet.
Besides The Primal Blueprint, Mark has authored The Primal Blueprint 21-day Total Body Transformation, The Primal Connection (which won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2013 for best self-published book, and the Ben Franklin Award silver medal in the mind/body/spirit category); and numerous other books on cooking, athletic training, and health. Mark became a New York Times bestselling author with his 2017 title, The Keto Reset Diet, which also held the #1 overall bestselling book on amazon.com for a few days upon release.
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Do yourself a favor and give it a month. Many people say the foods on this diet are expensive, and it is a shock to buy organic produce and meat, but a week or two into the diet, you are just not very hungry and I have found that I actually spend less on groceries. I buy grass-fed ground beef and large packs of organic chicken from Costco. We eat loads of organic salad, broccoli and kale. If we have a sweet craving we eat a little dark chocolate. Even if you can't buy totally organic - just apply the principles in the book and avoid the sugar and grains and you will feel like a new person.
Bottom line - we both feel great and my husband's pain is soon to be a thing of the past. It's great to have smaller pants, but it's even greater to have our health improved in such a short period of time.
UPDATE: September 2012 - my husband and I continue to shrink. This is the first time I have ever lost more weight than him (40 pounds)and that's just because he eats more fruit smoothies than I do. The big news is that my husband's bloodwork has completely changed in the time since I wrote the original review. Cholesterol dropped over 40 points, good cholesterol went up and triglycerides went down. CRP (inflammation) went down under 1 which means my husband is out of danger in terms of cardiac risk. This time last year my husband was in daily pain, couldn't remember anything and was being treated by a cardiologist. My husband's doctor told him he would never be able to turn his cholesterol around without statin drugs. This month, when the doctor reviewed my husband's labs he was amazed. He said, and I quote "what was the name of that book again?" This way of eating has changed our lives in ways I could not have imagined - we have so much more energy, brain fog is gone, more new pants for me, more inches off my waist, and people who haven't seen us for a while say we look 20 years younger. This plan takes commitment, but if you truly clean out the junk foods (grains) in your house and hang in there to get through the initial cravings, you will never look back. It is such a relief to never be hungry and not have to always think about food. If you are heading down the heart attack path of high cholesterol and your doctor is saying you have to get on statins - do this instead. If you have pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia, try this. It is truly life changing.
I'll sum it up like this: It's an okay book that's overly verbose.
Or another way: You can find all you need to know about Mark's "blueprint" on his blog/website for free, in a more concise format that's faster to digest and easier to put in practice.
Again, I'm a fan of this guy and personally I lost 30 lbs. using the Paleo method. My problem with this book is not the content, but that it could've used an editor to cut down large sections. My cynical, sneaking suspicion is that they can't sell a 20-page pamphlet as an authoritative "book" and needed to fill out space. That's probably not the author's intention. But it's my impression as a buyer and reader (take it for what it's worth).
My paleo tips for success summary (which would fit on a postcard):
• Eat lots of chicken, fish and vegetables
• Fruits, nuts and milk are sometimes foods
• Cut out bread and sugar except as special treats
• Walk and exercise some.
• Read Mark's Daily Apple for inspiring stories
• Watch Tom Naughton's "Fat Head" documentary (it's funny, you'll like it, and available on Amazon)
In conclusion, great guy, good book, but considering "time is money" there are more efficient ways to get this info.