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The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy

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35 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

It's working for me....

First let me say that I do not personally know the author, nor am I any sort of medical or nutritional expert...but I know what works...at least for me.

I have tried the low fat diet(s), consumed grains (yes, those "healthy" whole-grain ones) and watched my waistlin...
First let me say that I do not personally know the author, nor am I any sort of medical or nutritional expert...but I know what works...at least for me.

I have tried the low fat diet(s), consumed grains (yes, those "healthy" whole-grain ones) and watched my waistline grow, seen my cholesterol numbers climb...and was recently diagnosed with type II diabetes as well. So much for the low-fat diet route.


Then...recently I stumbled across several works on studies surrounding paleo-like diets and their postive effects. I also don't think anyone can deny that the current diet of the American lifestyle "ain't getting it done." Obesity and now type II diabetes are on the rise, as well as other health issues related to the food we eat.

In short, this work really struck home with me. First, the premise seemed very logical...our bodies are still designed to be the hunter-gatherers that they were thousands of years ago...even though we now take our SUV's through the Mikey-D's drive through to get our food. (In other words, it is not us, but the food that we generally consume (today) that has changed.) Second...much of the highly processed food available today is pure junk...no matter what the commercials say. Third...our bodies did well "exercising" in specific ways...ways that help us to survive and thrive. Fourth...getting outside is not going to kill you. (Okay...I'm embellishing a little.) And finally, this diet is termed a "loose paleo" so there are some "modern" but simple foods that are okay. In other words...man didn't mess everything up food-wise as his civliization advanced.

As to the person who stated in his review that basically said he thinks "this diet, like all others, works due to calorie restiction"...well, he needs to actually TRY the thing before he lumps it in with every other diet out there. I admit... in the process I may have cut out some calories just by getting rid of certain food groups...but I have not felt hungry at all, and have increased my consumption in other areas. My meals and snacks seem to stick with me now. Admittedly, I think I went through "junk carb" withdrawls for a day or two, but it was worth it.

In short, the weight seems to be slipping off in a slow, but steady manner, I feel good, and my clothes fit better. I am eager to see if my blood work improves, but I do know my glucose levels seem to be more stable, due to self-measurement.


Anyway...my advice...give it a try. It may work for you as well. As for me...primal is the way to go.

Grok on!

posted by Phil on January 9, 2010

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7 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

Great...If you really believe in evolution

I believe that there must be some good information somewhere in this book, but I could not get 50 pages into it. All I got up to that point was a lesson on evolution. Amazing that someone can speak so highly of how incredible the human body is, but continue to preach of...
I believe that there must be some good information somewhere in this book, but I could not get 50 pages into it. All I got up to that point was a lesson on evolution. Amazing that someone can speak so highly of how incredible the human body is, but continue to preach of how we just evolved from apes; refusing to think that a higher power could have designed us this way. I didn't buy this to be pummeled with the evolution theory. I could only take so much. I gave it two stars instead of one because if you can get past the nonsense, there should be some decent info about eating better.

posted by Godfather64 on February 4, 2012

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Great book!

    I am enjoying the information and the simple way it is explained. Very helpful.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Great book and plan for someone wanting to make a change!

    The Primal Blueprint is a great program. The book is well written and very informative. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a change in their life. When you follow the program you will feel great and see dramatic weight loss. It is not a diet and a get skinny in a week plan, but you will see healthy changes for the rest of your life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Excellent and logical - will free you from the chains of modern fitness!

    Very good book on a trendy concept of what to do with our bodies to get the best out of life. From an evolutionary perspective the concept is rock solid: our current body and genome evolved 200 thousand years ago to operate in a certain way. The ideal would be for us to mimic the environment we evolved to survive and thrive in so our genes give us the best they can. You don't need to drop your cell phone, tv, video games and stuff, you just need to "ADAPT"!
    Great read, chock full of scientific explanations and charts with summaries. Easy to read, understand and come back to.
    One caveat, everything is written with the male in mind and I believe, as a woman, that some things are not perfectly applicable for us. I believe a revision to include more gender specifics is needed. Hopefully in a future edition that gap will be closed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Definitely an interesting book, as Sisson is trying to level him

    Definitely an interesting book, as Sisson is trying to level himself with the discordance
    of our natural bodies. Though this information may seem universal however I wish
    he would have focused on the differences of meat that we consume a bit more.
    Also, to anyone complaining about the evolution in this book- get over it. This
    book follows the current science and evidence. Sure, evolution is "just" a theory but remember so is gravity.

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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Love this book. It is a bit wordy, but some people need this in a LIFE CHANGING BOOK. Recommend this to anyone needing to lose weight and get their lives on track to feeling better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    A very decent compilation of the science of nutrition and life habits

    This book incorporates much of the latest science of metabolism and how the body uses and stores the food in a person's diet. The advice about lifestyle, is fine as well. I think the book became quite repetitive toward the end but overall a good primer for health.

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