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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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In regards to the how-to in the book, Wolf again has thought and worked hard to present ideas readily grasped, make sense and are relatively easy to carry out. In particular, I like his food matrix approach to learning how to cook, where you use a chart with 20 ingredients and from there can whip up more than 600 meals that you can do well by rather than be overwrought by meal plans that always to have recipes where there are ingredients you don’t have or have never heard of. As far as fresh ground, Wolf has included a concrete pathway (using blood glucose tests) toward identifying foods that are going to cause you problems and those that you can get away with.
This book is not a lecture-from-the-mountain-top sort of book on what the best diet is. It’s a smart reframing of the problems surrounding food in 2017 with some well-thought ideas on how to navigate through them and how sleep, exercise and stress figure in. It seems likely that anyone following the path laid out by Wolf is going to have success in feeling better, burning off excess fat and reeling in a good set of biomarkers. He does a good job of making this path feel accessible and fun to hop on.
The first part of WIRED TO EAT is where we adopt an “Ancestral Health model” of diet. He calls this the “30-Day Reset.” The second part is the “7-Day Carb Test,” where we figure out exactly how certain food options affect us. In the second phase, you eat an exact amount of carbs, and you test your blood sugar level. Between 90 and 115. Here’s the key: You try different foods and see which ones cause an overly large spike. If so, that food is not your best choice.
Throughout the book, Robb emphasizes that everyone is different; thus, “Our individual needs may be profoundly different than those of our neighbor.” The author is brutally honest about the difficulty in making substantive changes to your lifestyle. He admits it will be tough.
Robb explains the scientific basis for a Paleo-type diet. The book is “Wired to Eat” because our genes encourage us to find food to eat. We humans used to be a lot more active, having to walk a long ways to get our food. Now, we don’t have to move at all! “Hunter-gatherers walked 5 to 10 miles most days. Today, many of us walk less than a half mile every day as we shuffle from house to car.” Making things worse, we live in a society full of foods that have been “engineered for overeating.” Then, if we try a simple (normal) meal, it tastes terrible! That’s why the first phase is called a “Reset.” The reset interrupts the constant stimulation about eating fast, unhealthy food. This phase “rewires” our appetite.
I thought some of the best sections were not even diet related. For example, one of the best sections is “How to Get Awesome Sleep.” In the section called, “The Puritan Work Ethic,” the author suggests that Americans get 2 ½ hours less sleep than in the 1970’s. This sacrifice is a terrible tradeoff. There are quite a few detailed tips for improving our sleep; here are some of my favorites:
1. Get more daytime sun on your person and in your eyes to establish a normal circadian rhythm.
2. Our evenings need to be darker, cooler, and not the equivalent of a rock concert if we want to get the best sleep possible.
3. Limit evening tech.
4. Sleep in a cool room.
As another example, Robb also explains that there is one thing that hurts us just as much as obesity or smoking. It’s called “social isolation” but it’s just plain loneliness. He gives suggestions on how to incorporate more social interaction into your life. For example, the author takes an exercise class with others. “Humans are social beings, and without adequate social connection our health and longevity can be as negatively impacted as if we had a pack-a-day smoking habit.”
All in all I found WIRED TO EAT to be a well-researched, clearly written book. Some parts were more valuable to me than others. I was already familiar with the “gut” aspects of healthy eating, so that section was not as interesting to me as it might be to others. On the other hand, I especially appreciated the author’s emphasis on social interaction and sleep.
Advance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher.