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The Wild Diet: Go Beyond Paleo to Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 days Paperback – January 19, 2016
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Advance Praise for The Wild Diet:
“A word of caution: Everything you think you know about diet and exercise is probably wrong. It’s time to change your relationship to fat, whole grains, sugar, the pizza delivery guy, and even your treadmill. The Wild Diet flies in the face of the outdated advice touted by health and wellness “experts,” and gives you real-life strategies to lose fat and get fit as quickly as possible. In a sea of marketing hype, Abel James is a powerful and authentic voice that speaks the truth.”
-Jonathan Bailor, New York Times bestselling author of The Calorie Myth
“If you’ve been yo-yo dieting and surviving on prepackaged 'health foods' with little or no results, you owe it to yourself to read The Wild Diet. Abel James shows you how to optimize your workout, diet, and habits to take your health back into your own hands. Abel rocks a chiseled 6 pack and makes it look easy. As the owner of a 1-pack, I marvel at his lean body mass!”
-Sara Gottfried, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure
“In The Wild Diet, Abel shatters conventional wisdom and gives us the truth about what it takes to be lean and healthy without obsessing about what we eat. There's a reason Abel’s Fat Burning Man show has become #1 in 8 countries and I have no doubt that The Wild Diet will be just as well received. Abel’s message is simple, pragmatic, and can get you lasting results in less time and with less effort than you’d probably expect.
-Yuri Elkaim, New York Times bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet
“The Wild Diet stands out as a flexible, enjoyable approach to weight loss that you can easily cater to your individual needs and goals—a key factor in your ability to make lasting changes. Abel’s research and personal health-hacking have culminated in a simple, comprehensive program that works for just about everyone.”
-Chris Kresser, M.S., Lac, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure
“Food is medicine, and The Wild Diet’s menu is one of the most nutritionally-dense 'medicine cabinets' out there. Abel has done his research, and his book shows you how to apply it to your life in a very realistic way. This book will change the way you look at food and exercise. More importantly, this book can help you take control of your life.”
-Terry Wahls, M.D., author of The Wahls Protocol
“Abel James walks his talk. He gives the health movement a personal voice that is fresh, approachable, and knowledgeable. In his book, The Wild Diet, Abel shares his own journey losing 20 pounds in 40 days and shows you how to do the same. By focusing on not just what you eat, but how you eat it, Abel gives a unique perspective on how to think about our diet. ”
-Alan Christianson, NMD, author of The Adrenal Reset Diet
“This isn’t your typical diet book. Abel doesn’t tell you to stop loving food, to give up chocolate, or to completely slash entire food groups. Instead, The Wild Diet shows you how to lose fat while satisfying your personal cravings. (Yeah, there are some yummy recipes in there-- even desserts!) This is so important because, like everything else in life, change is inevitable—and this is one dogma that easily adapt to your body’s needs.”
-Alexandra Jamieson, Health coach, chef, and author of Women, Food & Desire
“When I found myself overweight and struggling with my health despite doing my best to follow all the current dietary dogma of the day, I started seeking some alternatives. Somehow I landed on a podcast called "The Fat Burning Man Show." The host, Abel James, was telling his story and it sounded like he had peaked at my diary. Everything he spoke about resonated with me. I began incorporating the principals of The Wild Diet into my own life and fifty pounds later, I'm a different man.
When I reached out to Abel to say "thanks for the great info" I got more than just "you're welcome." I made a new friend. I can tell you that Abel is the real deal. He lives The Wild Diet. The Wild Diet isn't the latest fad diet book designed to line the author's pockets only to regurgitate the same old, tired eat less and exercise more mantra. It's a comprehensive, no nonsense guide to healthy living. It's packed full of common sense that our grandparents or great-grandparents knew but somehow we've forgotten. Abel has re-discovered these truths and he shares them all right here in this book… plus more. “
- Denny Hemingson, award-winning Musical Director of the Tim McGraw Band
“Abel James gives actionable steps to reverse obesity, disease, and low-energy problems by healing the body with delicious food and quick, effective workouts. Speaking as a busy mom, these recipes not only taste great, but can help the whole family get fit as a fiddle!”
- Katie Wellness Mama, author of Wellness Mama Cookbook
“The Wild Diet is full of proven lifestyle hacks that will help return your body to the fat-burning, muscle-building organism it was meant to be. This book is a great read for anyone at any level— including tasty fat-burning recipes, real life stories, and the cutting-edge science behind Abel’s simple diet and workout techniques. If you want to run at peak performance, read this book!”
-Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of The Bulletproof Executive and author of The Bulletproof Diet
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Abel James is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day Renaissance man. He stars as a celebrity coach on ABC television and has been featured in People Magazine, WIRED, Entertainment Tonight, and NPR. As host of the #1 podcast in 8+ countries, Fat-Burning Man, Abel has helped millions reclaim their health and perform at their best with cutting-edge science, outdoor workouts, and outrageously good food.
Abel has keynoted for the Federal Government, lectured at Ivy League universities, and advised Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Danaher, and Lockheed Martin. He was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness by Greatist in 2015 and 2016.
Distinguished as a Senior Fellow with Honors from Dartmouth College, Abel created his own curriculum to specialize in brain science, music, and technology. He later published his research in The Musical Brain, which became a #1 Amazon bestseller.
Also a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Abel has won several awards in writing and performance arts, including “Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting.”
Abel lives with his wife in Austin, Texas. He enjoys strong coffee and cheesecake, preferably together.
Read more from Abel at http://FatBurningMan.com
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Bottom Line Upfront:July 12th - 184 pounds/September 13th 170. I'm 49 years old, and I'm just a regular guy. In the 90's I had great success with Body For Life and in the 00's with P90X. But the problem of course was that these programs were about exercise combined with denying yourself the pleasures of food. My pantry was stocked with imitation this, sugar free that, substitute this, diet that, fat-free this... you get the picture. Try as I may, I could not brainwash myself to look at eating as just another daily routine for health and maintenance like flossing.
With the Wild Diet I'm enjoying whole cream-line milk, grass feed butter. grass fed steak, eggs from all sorts of fowl, bacon, mounds of greens, and fruits and nuts. And the desserts - after a hard day of work, imagine heading home to an amazing carrot cake waiting for you. Oh and my cholesterol - it was already pretty damn good - it got better.
You'll love how the Wild Diet slowly removes cravings, especially for what you used to think of as delicious. In my pre-Wild days I used eat a slice of red velvet cake 3-4 times a week. Last week, I tried and found my body almost convulsing halfway through. The Wild life is not just about enjoying natural awesome foods, it's about getting out and living a natural awesome life. You don't need to physically suffer to get Wild-fit, just as you don't need to deprive yourself of pleasurable food.
What I find so cool about The Wild Diet is its heart. Remove the book jacket and you'll find two simple initials - AJ - embossed on the cover. As you read, you may come to suspect that this is in many ways Abel's private journal. We're just lucky he's willing to share his journey with us - his failures and his successes.
Oh, yeah - so why did I write my review today? I'm the First Sergeant in an Army Band (yeah a band geek just like Abel). I've never had to struggle to meet the Army's weight or PT standards, but with my rank, I'm no longer just one of the guys. I'm now the one in charge and expected to do more than "get by." I took my PT test this morning. My over all score jumped 35 points from the test I took in June.
The Wild Diet is about living, and tasting, and enjoying. And it's friggin' awesome.
I could not have been more wrong about this book--this is an exceptional "diet" book which will inspire you to eat well, improve your health and lose weight if you need to. The book is well written, an easy enjoyable read, which lays out the path to an organic healthy diet and therefore a healthy life. Some reviewers have said there is nothing new here and while that may be true, the new part is that Abel has taken the BEST of the Paleo trend and the wisdom of vegetarian philosophy and married them. The recipes are outstanding. but more importantly the message of "eat two to three times more vegetables than meat and include fats" is what we all could and should be doing.
I'm especially impressed by the intermittent fasting discussion. Perhaps you have run across the experience of beginning a diet only to obey all the rules and not see the number on the scale responding? Abel explains the science behind what it takes to burn the fat. The intermittent fasting combined with the Wild Diet will get you off the set point if you just can't lose the weight. I loved the answer to "But what am I supposed to do if I'm fasting?" The answer is anything you want since you won't be using the time eating and your focus will be clear, perhaps for the first time. Fast and then Feast is not for every day but the few days you do it will be amazing.
Conversely, Abel realizes that you need to live in the real world and that sometimes you get to indulge. Human nature wants to be good but has a hard time reconciling the temptations which seems to be everywhere. So what do you do about it?
Readers will see how Abel got here. I don't care that he's not an MD or a Registered Dietician. He did the work, walked the walk, and the book is beautiful. Do not miss it! The only bad part for me is that I had to download it instead of buying the hard copy which was sold out for three weeks.
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