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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.
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.
But the real failing is in the back of the book, where the explanation of how to eat paleo and how to test your blood sugar is located.
I wish that instead of telling us so many times why this is good, Robb Wolf had spent some time explaining the HOW. If you are picking this up as your first guide to paleo, get a different one. It's not a fabulous explanation of how to go paleo and the instructions for how to test for blood sugar resistance and how to eat when paleo are limited.
The key thing that should have made this book different, is missing, lots of talk about HOW to implement the program. I would have liked to have seen a better vegetable list, onions aren't even on there—even though they are used in the recipes. And if the editors had him cut down the list, then include a link to a site where you could get a complete list. I was left wondering if some typical paleo foods, like onions, were more high sugar than I thought and that he'd left them off on purpose. I had to dig to figure out he really likes them.
I think having someone read this book who wasn't paleo and didn't understand how to implement the concepts would have been very beneficial.
Having said that, I'm using different books on how to go paleo for resources, and then will test blood sugar resistance to starches as this book recommends. So, until someone comes out with a better how to, it's doable.