The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young Paperback – Illustrated, September 28, 2012
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"The Paleo Diet helps you lose fat, improve your health, and feel great. Loren Cordain's groundbreaking scientific research is changing the way we look at eating."
—ROBB WOLF, author of the New York Times bestselling The Paleo Solution
"Loren Cordain's weight-loss plan simply works."
—MICHAEL R. EADES, M.D., and MARY DAN EADES, M.D., authors of the New York Times bestselling Protein Power
"The Paleo Diet is at once revolutionary and intuitive. Its prescription provides without a doubt the most nutritious diet on the planet."
—Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling The New Glucose Revolution series
Dr. Loren Cordain's bestselling The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook have helped millions of people eat for better health and weight loss by following the diet humans were genetically designed to eat: meats, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other healthful modern foods that align with the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. In The Paleo Answer, Dr. Cordain shows you how to supercharge the Paleo Diet and create your own Paleo plan for weight loss and optimal lifelong health. The Paleo Answer provides:
- A powerful new 7-day plan with Paleo meal plans, supplement recommendations, and exercise and stress-reduction advice
- The latest groundbreaking global research on Paleolithic diet and lifestyle
- Inspiring stories of people who have lost weight and improved their health through the Paleo Diet and the Paleo lifestyle
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1) I wish he had footnoted everything. He makes a lot of comments about studies but they are not footnoted although he does extensive chapter by chapter references in the back of the book which is better than nothing.
2) I do disagree with his conclusions regarding supplemental vitamins and minerals. He mentions studies that show some nutrients (such as vitamin E) are dangerous, yet I have read elsewhere that the E used for these studies was synthetic not the natural form and this plays out differently in the body. I think the problem here (for me) is that he doesn't comment on the quality of the studies. Another example is one that I am really concerned about - iodine. He does not seem to notice that there may be a need for this supplement especially since he advocates a salt-free diet (salt being the main way most people get their iodine supplement). And finally, he claims that if we eat as our ancestors we won't need supplements - yes but we don't eat as our ancestors in that we are not eating wild foods! We are eating foods that for the most part are being grown in depleted soil. I wish he'd commented on these various issues.
3) I would like to have seen more discussion about the variations found in our paleo ancestral diets. I find it hard to believe that all of them ate the same amount of protein that he recommends. Maybe they did but I wish he'd talked more about it. My own assumption would be that those living in colder climates would need more fat and those living in hotter climates would need more carbs and less fat. It would be interesting to know what he discovered about this (if anything).
Among other things, I've begun a push to understand what exactly chronic or systemic inflammation is and how to avoid it because I keep hearing about it. As a decades-long runner, I'm extremely motivated to keep inflammation out of my body! "The Paleo Answer" picked up where "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It" stopped: it addressed the growing number of studies about the effects of anti-nutrients on physiology. Turns out they may be a key underlying cause or major contributor to systemic inflammation and auto-immune diseases.
Dr. Cordain's data reinforced my commitment to eat leafy greens, fruit, low-glycemic veggies, lean meat and seafood* and very little grains/dairy/legumes/potatoes. Even if the science later proves there is no connection, or only a small connection, between anti-nutrients and systemic inflammation and/or auto-immune diseases, it is still a healthy, fibrous, reasonably low-fat way to eat. I am keeping those pesky 20 pounds off despite occasional ice cream binges. (Is life worth living without ice cream or a beer once in a while?) My most recent lipid panel (July 2012) showed a triglyceride count of 49 and my HDL number was 84. In this case the proof of the pudding is not in the eating, it is in the blood test. :-) Monitoring will continue....
*Dr. Cordain also mentioned that eating too much protein is toxic. I keep protein, not to be lumped in with fat, to around 25% of my daily eating total.
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