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The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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- Item Weight : 14.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 283 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982207700
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982207703
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #597,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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 am 6 foot tall and 61 years old. My normal fighting weight when I am working out regularly is around 200 lbs.
Out of high school into college I weighed ~150 lbs and started running and weight lifting, playing tennis, rock climbing, 10Ks and 26.2's, snow skiing/instructor/Ski Patrol, President of the Kayak club..... I leveled out around 200 lbs being well rounded in all my activities and had ~10-12 % body fat(dunk tank)
Then I start working after college as a mechanical engineer in both the medical industry and aerospace specializing in advanced composite materials, armor systems and mine blast attenuating seats(for IED protection)
Quickly moved up the ranks into management with more responsability, travel and longer hours.
My 40&50's were made up of 50-70 hours a week, hundereds of thousands of miles in flights all over the world, high stress and little "me time". Lots of client dinners and wine/beer/whiskey and no exercise.
In the last 10 years my weight has gone from 205-245/250 and toss in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a case of increasing psoriasis . Add in the mortally equation considering there is more time behind me than in front..... I Had to make a change.
I made a promise to myself that as of Jan 4(after the weekend) I would stop drinking (liver needs a break) and live Paleo/Primal life style and do something physical 5 days a week, even just a short 3 mile walk.
I have all of Marks Primal books including cook books( thanks to the Monkies for the intro). We have probably 50+ Paleo cookbooks cuz my wife has been follow that lifestyle( gluten free, sugar free and dairy free) due to illness for the last 8 years.
Weight on 1/4/2016 was 245.9 lbs and this morning Sunday 1/10/2106 I am at 239.2 BP(Before Poop) and I ate and was not hungry at all.
So 6.7 lbs BP.....not to bad for the start.
The above was written on Jan 10 2016.
Today on 3/30/2016 I am down to 216lbs from the 246-250 lbs range which is almost 30 lbs gone.
So I would say its worth it if you want to make a change and its not really that hard, but you have to be committed to make it work.
My goal is to be @ 200lbs by May of 2016 and I have little doubt I will make it not break that goal.
The good thing is you can eat as much as you want as long as you are eating the right stuff.
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The reason I took of a star is due to a mistake that has been made (at least in the edition I have), which can be confusing and misleading to people who are confused about the metric system.
The protein requirement conversions are wrong.. E.g. 0.7g of protein per pound of body weight equals 1.4g per kg of weight and not 0.33 as stated in the book.
So a year down the line, and it has been a great move for me, yes I have fallen off the wagon a few times and when I have, I have really noticed it! My mood will be lower if I eat a lot of sugar or processed foods. For me there have been so many benefits of eating primal, I have lost weight, been able to maintain my weight easier, I rarely get ill and I no longer fight the dreaded bloat. Oh, and my skin got so much better, I think some of my wrinkles actually went away! Not only that but the book is really easy to read and the principles include more than just food changes. It's a real lifestyle change, which includes barefoot, crossfit, sprinting every now and then and walking more, getting out in the sun. I have studied sports science and have always known that walking is great for burning fat. It's a brilliant read and it provides real solutions, they may not all be that easy to integrate into your life, it might take a little effort, but it's worth it.
Not just a prescriptive list of what one must eat and do in order to follow the primal blueprint, but explanations as to exactly why grains, legumes etc are so bad, with plenty of basis in science and references to academic peer reviewed articles and journals.
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I did find it a bit dry at times, not what I've come to expect from Mark Sisson's writing.