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Primal Endurance: Escape chronic cardio and carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast! Paperback – January 4, 2016
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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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Key concepts this book explores include:
• Exercise should be fun
• Exercise should be varied in intensity as well as activity
• Too much of the kind of cardio we typically do in gyms can damage the heart. While cardio on equipment or in classes is not bad as part of a balanced regimen, just be sure to mix it up. (In my experience, few people actually do because its just so easy to get stuck in a routine)
• Your diet’s macronutrient breakdown influences whether you burn fat or sugar during exercise
• Sugar is not the perfect fuel for athletes, in spite of what most sports nutritionists will tell you
• When your diet supports fat burn, you can listen to your body and TRUST what its telling you (with regard to hunger, fatigue and so on)
Far and away, the most important concept and one that the book keeps returning to is the metabolic state of burning fat is essential to normal health. And contrary to what many athletes assume, its not just exercise that promotes fat burn, it’s also diet. So that no matter how much you exercise, if your diet does not contain the right nutrients, you will not burn fat optimally.
Programatic elements of the book will help you to:
• Enjoy a balanced variety of activities
• Determine if you are overtraining
• Get more results from your workouts with less time
• Adapt a diet that helps to optimize fat burn even without exercise
I run a weight loss clinic and don’t always have time to go over a full exercise program with my patients so I have been waiting eagerly for a book that I can recommend it to my weight loss patients as well as the athletes I work with. This book is exactly what the doctor ordered.
An engaging and easy to read book no matter how you slice it Primal Endurance offers much needed information that brings the best nutrition advise from the medical world into the world of fitness, while providing a balanced approach to exercise.
As far as results you can expect in terms of improving your fat burn, I would expect that you could double your fat-burning capacity in 4 weeks, and go even further into fat burning beat territory the longer you follow this program. I use a similar dietary approach and test people’s fat burn before and after dietary intervention, and this is what I've found so far. For example, if someone starts the program burning 2 calories of fat per minute at rest and a maximum of 3 with exercise, they'll get to 4 and 6 respectively in a month easily. And that's without adding any exercise!
There are lots of easy to understand explanations, analogies, and real-life examples of their approach (including the authors themselves). They also emphasize the importance of a proper diet and plenty of rest, including abbreviating or skipping a planned training session if the runner is not feeling rested, energized, and motivated. The idea is to allow your body to heal, rather than beating it into submission. The latter may work for a while, but almost always results in a hard burnout and/or severe injury.
1. Existing readers of Mark Sisson (like me) will find the chapters on diet, ketogenesis, primal lifestyle, and sleep to be redundant and superfluous. Newbies, on the other hand, may find themselves feeling overwhelmed by just how many changes they are being told to make in their lives in order to be healthy and get better running results (avoid junk food, stop looking at screens within a couple hours of bedtime, take cold water plunges, go barefoot, etc). The Primal Blueprint (previous book) covered these topics ad nauseum. Here they would have been more effective and relevant as brief paragraphs, not huge sections of chapters or chapters themselves. Which brings me to:
2. The book is way too long overall. Many of its pages consist of redundant, belabored information that sufficiently could have been mentioned once. Most of the chapters become tedious and tiresome around the halfway point. The authors could stand to remember that just because they CAN write a 380-page book, doesn't necessarily mean they SHOULD. This book has about 150 pages of real, hard, useful substance. I don't mean to whine, but I am noticing this issue in a lot of books. I don't have an unlimited supply of time, so I want the books I read to give me solid, reasonably succinct info (whether there are 100 pages or 600), not constant rehashes of previously covered material.
That said, this book, and in particular the chapters about running, are definitely worth the read. They bring a much welcome breath of fresh air into endurance training, and I am extremely excited to incorporate them into my own training routine. Just don't be afraid to start skimming if you feel you've already grasped the concept...you'll likely only be missing repeated or longwinded explanations.