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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 The Wild Diet flies in the face of the outdated advice touted by health and wellness “experts,” and gives you real-life strategies to lose fat and get fit as quickly as possible.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.
How my family feels:
I just feel better. The first week was hard cutting out processed sugar. I had a headache for 4 days, and lacked a little on energy. When I wanted something sweet, I just googled a Paleo version of the sweet thing I was craving. As to be expected, my body had to make that transition from burning processed carbs into burning healthy fats. Now, I feel great. I don't have cravings anymore, all I have is "That look's good" when I look at a picture of something I may have eaten in the past, but there is no strong urge to pursue it. I don't have random urges where I say, "I have to eat at Pizza hut". I'm also not as irritable. Counting calories worked for me in the past, however, I was still eating a moderate amount of processed foods. I was still craving sugars and fast food. Once I caved on my calorie count and splurged on junk food, I couldn't get back on track until I got miserable with my weight again. My husband had a different effect. He didn't have any side effects to energy. He did crave a lot of sugar, and we switched over to home made dark chocolate which eased his cravings. Counting calories never worked for him. Since he's in the military, It boggled my mind that he could have 15,000+ steps in the day, do an hour of physical training 5 days a week, reduce his calorie count to 1500 calories a day (and still be hungry) and still not lose weight but in return, he ate a lot of processed foods and a lot of snacks while he was out and about during his day. Now he will skip lunch on random days for the simple reason that he's not hungry. He doesn't need to snack anymore. He has his 2-3 meals a day depending on how hungry he is. The last but the biggest change is a few years ago, he had an infection in his stomach that he had to take antibiotics for. Since then, he has always had stomach problems. When we went to get him tested, all the tests came back negative as if there was nothing wrong. Since being on this diet, he doesn't have stomach cramps or intestinal problems. My Father (which is the reason I got this book in the first place) has been on this diet for about half a year. He had tons of medicines that he was taking from stool problems to diabetic meds and a few in between too. Now he has told me he is not medicated anymore and he walks 2 miles a day and has never felt better. This is coming from a 70 year old man. Now the last person is my daughter. She is slightly under 2 years old so I can't really go into detail the changes it made in her as her vocabulary is very limited. The things I have noticed is she is less picky about her food as before trying to get her to eat anything that was a bright color was a no go. She now sleeps better and nap time is not nearly a struggle. Oh and her tantrums? Although she still has them, they have decreased in number and not as long. Maybe because of removing sugar crashes and better sleep? We started off with just introducing (or sharing) a green smoothie to her during her snack time and called it juice and cutting down (not out) the processed carbs. She will still get whole wheat mac and cheese (home made with cauliflower instead of flour) and brown rice recipes on occasions, and over time, her pickiness has kind of faded. She still has some texture dislikes but little does she know, it's now blended into her ice cream (banana/avocados), juice (green smoothie), brownies (boiled sweet potatoes), and eggs (random assortment of spinach, tomato, mushrooms, and onions).
Costs: Our bill did go up depending on the recipe we chose to make. Our weekly cost went up no more than 30 and that was the most. The initial cost was rebuilding our pantry slowly. If we didn't have it, we ordered it off amazon or used an alternative. But let me add this, we don't eat out nearly as often anymore. We actually enjoy cooking or prepping our food a lot more now. Our family easily spends 20 dollars at fast food, or 35-45 dollars at a sit down. Cutting back on 1 fast food night a week for our family almost broke even. Those snacks and sodas that you would buy during the day at work (or at least my husband did) got eliminated from our budget by choice. We didn't buy a whole lot of sodas or anything like that to begin with so keep in mind, if you spend 5-10 dollars on soda, or a whole lot on processed snacks, there is additional savings there. We have a lot less waste now too. At the end of the week, whatever doesn't get used or wont get used, goes into a green smoothie and replaces a lunch or at least feed to the dog (if it's dog friendly). We didn't go all organic either. As the book says, do what you can. Our budget just doesn't call for grass fed everything nor is it available in everything. The whole point in doing that is to make sure you are eating the most nutritiously packed foods as possible. So we still choose leaner/nitrite free meats to fit our budget and splurge where we can. We may not get the best quality cheese, but let me say this, you get the same amount of cheese if you shred the block of cheese yourself at a cheaper cost without all the extra crap they put into already shredded cheese. At the end of the month, our savings on food was much better than it was previously. Also, if you don't have a blender or food processor.. you might want to plan on getting them. Food prep is much easier with it.
How we felt about our diet: Other than the processed hang-over that we had in the beginning, it really wasn't too hard for us. If we wanted ice cream, brownies, or chocolate, we made it. What we noticed, is we didn't have the need to stuff our face. A little was enough because it wasn't processed with stuff that kept you wanting more. I remember trying to eat just a little bit of those Reese cups in moderation but I could never just stop at one. When I make my own deserts from complete scratch using real foods, one serving really is enough. In the first week, I really did splurge on homemade desserts a lot more often trying to fight my sugar addiction. Even so, I tried to balance my plate, and I still lost 2% of my weight and have been pretty consistent with it weekly. And I promise, no matter what you are craving, there will probably be non process version of it. You just have to get creative and use your internet to your advantage. I always try to search for a Paleo recipe, then modify it if needed. I feel that mostly, this diet is more of a lifestyle change. Once you get into it, it's not hard to keep at it once you find your routine. I feel too many people don't take the book seriously or just skim through it and miss a lot of the important detail. You can't tell me that you read the book and then tell me you can't find the ingredients or cant afford it. The book literally says, do the best you can in almost every section. And of course, everyone reading this review has amazon. Can't find coconut oil, coconut/almond flour, or coconut aminos? Buy it online and remember you dont have to restock your pantry all at once. Just create your own meal plan and go from there with what you have. Even if you buy nothing organic and just stick to leaner meats and make your own bbq sauce, cheese sauce, or purees, it will still be effective. You can't just say it's just another low calorie diet. Trust me, when I say I log a day or two into myfitnesspal, and find that I'm losing more weight off a 1800 calorie diet with the right foods vs a 1200 calorie diet of half processed foods. Plus I am never hungry. I really do eat when I'm hungry.
Time: I really don't spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen.. anymore than I use to anyways but I do prep a little too after grocery shopping and I have convenient tools to help me along the way. I would say, if I do spend more time in the kitchen, it's making the deserts as oppose to us buying a tub of ice cream or whipping up some brownie from a box. My hard vegetables are washed and prepped weekly at once. My cheese and cauliflower gets thrown into a food processor to get shredded or riced once or twice a week. So when I get home for example, I just throw what I want into a skillet and cook it. I might have to do something to the meat, but that's where your time is if it wasn't prepped. I also cook my protein 2-3 times a week as I make larger batches to feed us for a couple of nights. Most of the time I fill up faster into the meal and a lot of times I have enough for lunch the next day. If it's not enough, Ill add a boiled egg (which was already prepped), a couple strips of bacon, or some raw veggies of choice depending on whats left on my plate (remembering to keep it balanced) or even a green smoothie on some days. If not, I suck it up and cook/pack me a lunch.
Conclusion: We are losing weight, we are healthier, and we are happier, all without the struggles (Past the first week).
If you are already on a paleo/keto diet, you can grab this one just for the recipes. If you are new to keto/paleo, I suggest this book or if you want to be super strict on yourself, the Bulletproof Diet book by Dave Asprey. The Wild Diet is a little easier for those of us who aren't great at 100% self control!