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Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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"You're not crazy, weak, or lacking willpower... it's the food! Wired to Eat digs into the science to show you how the "healthy" foods you've been eating are keeping you sick, tired, and overweight, and provides an effective, easy-to-follow action plan to help you look, feel, and live your best."
—Melissa Hartwig, New York Times best-selling author and Whole30 co-founder
"Wired to Eat goes way beyond looking at food from a nutritional perspective. Robb Wolf reveals how food serves as information, actually influencing the expression of our DNA….an incredibly user-friendly program that’s in line with the most leading-edge research available. A landmark guide for regaining and maintaining health."
—David Perlmutter, MD, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain, and The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan
"Wired to Eat is a scientifically sound and very easy-to-understand road map to optimal health. Robb Wolf presents clear, concise tools and strategies you can use to lose weight, control blood sugar and inflammation, and customize your diet. I highly recommend this groundbreaking program for anyone who has struggled with weight or health issues or who simply wants to get to the next level of well-being."
—Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of MarksDailyApple.com
"Wired to Eat offers a cutting edge view that goes way beyond paleo and proves that resetting your metabolism is not about which foods you eat, it’s about how your body responds to those foods. Robb Wolf offers readers an easy to follow, personal solution of how they can work with their bodies to finally find the foods that are right for them in order to achieve the optimal health they desire."
—Amy Myers, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Thyroid Connection and The Autoimmune Solution
About the Author
Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist, health expert, and author of the New York Times bestselling The Paleo Solution. He has been a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism and Journal of Evolutionary Health; serves on the board of directors of Specialty Health medical clinic in Reno, Nevada and is a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. Robb is also a former California State Powerlifting champion and holds the rank of blue belt in Brasilian Jiujitsu.
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If this had been the promise of the book, that would have been fine, but the book touts the 7 day carb test and 30 day eating reset. Sure, they are in the book, but they are a mere 2 chapters! The 30 day reset is really unclear. What exactly am I supposed to do? Eat paleo-ish? It sounds like some alcohol is ok? Just preferably not at night? Again, for someone new to this way of eating, I think this would be VERY confusing without some more clear guidance and rules (something more like what whole30 offers). A clearer, black and white outline would help. Then, there's only ONE chapter on the 7 day carb test, and it's pretty thin. Taking my blood sugar would be a totally new step for me, and likely most Americans, and I feel really let down here. I wanted more background, process, coaching. More of a plan than to eat 50g of net carbs (again, confusing to a lot of people. Sure, there's a table with some foods, but since he avoids gluten, no dice in getting those numbers). I had to flip back and forth to try and remember what blood glucose level you want after testing as it wasn't all clearly outlined. I've heard he's working on developing a tracker/plan, but you think something like this would have coincided with the launch of the book.
While the book is well written and probably generally helpful for someone new to this way of eating to start them on the journey, I was expecting more background, coaching, plans, etc. geared at taking my blood sugar. I know personalized nutrition is new, but I think more could have been delivered here.
In Wired to Eat, well-known Paleo diet and ancestral health authority Robb Wolf explains why it’s so easy to be satiated after a pork chop and sautéed zucchini, but it’s darn near impossible to resist the siren song of things like kettle corn or honey-roasted peanuts, which combine sweet, salty, fatty, and crunchy all in one bite. Through millennia of evolutionary conditioning, we are literally “wired to eat” foods that provide large amounts of things the supply of which was very valuable but possibly unpredictable: fat, salt, and sweet. Millions of years ago, this served us well. In the 21st century, it’s killing us. And you don’t even have to go to the store anymore. You can have delivered right to your doorstep a bounty of palate-pleasing creations the likes of which would have been an unimaginable bonanza to our hominid ancestors by expending no more effort than clicking a mouse or pressing buttons on your phone.
So what do we DO about it? Following the very simple and straightforward plan Robb lays out, you can reset your appetite signaling in 30 days using a basic Paleo template. Once you’re off the sugar rollercoaster and you’re experiencing healthy blood sugar, steady energy, and clear thinking—maybe for the first time in your life—then you take things a step further and use Robb’s 7-day carb test to identify your individual carbohydrate tolerance in order to tailor a diet that’s best for *you.* (News flash: not everyone needs to follow a super-strict low carb diet in order to remain metabolically healthy.) Using nothing more than a drugstore glucometer, you’ll have numerical explanations as to why you get sleepy after a high-carb breakfast, or why you’ve struggled for decades to lose weight while eating lots of “healthy whole grains.”
This book is written in Robb’s inimitable down-to-earth style. You feel like he’s sitting in your living room having a (gluten-free) beer while you shoot the breeze and he takes away the guilt and shame you’ve felt for not being able to eat two Girl Scout cookies and then close the box and forget about them. (No one can.) Don’t beat yourself up for going up against your hard-wired biological impulses, and failing. But that was in the past. With Wired to Eat, you’ll understand *why* it’s so difficult to eat certain things in moderation, and that this doesn’t make you weak, lazy or greedy. It makes you human. But after reading this book, you’ll no longer be able to plead ignorance. You’ll know which foods ring these bells for you, and you can decide for yourself whether you’re able to limit your intake of them, or whether you are best served by avoiding them completely.
If I have one complaint about this book, it’s that I wanted it to be more technical. I *wanted* the nitty gritty scientific details. The tone is very casual, and it’s obvious that Robb wrote it not to cater to the Paleo and low carb crowds who already know most of this stuff. He wrote it for the people who don’t want to be inundated with biochemical jargon. It’s for people who want to get in, learn something quickly and powerfully, and get out. I am a huge nerd, though, and I would have wanted to “geek out” more on the details, so what to me is a drawback, is actually a selling point for most *normal* people.
Bottom line: If you or a friend or family member feels hopeless because food—sugar and starch, in particular—is controlling their life, and you or they feel stuck in a cycle of binging, restricting, guilt, shame, and self-punishment, this book will help you understand that it’s not your fault. But once you know *why* it’s not your fault, it’s up to you to do something about it. Robb walks you through both steps using language that is fun, casual, and *readable,* while at the same time delivering enough science that you’ll take this all seriously.