The New Evolution Diet: What Our Paleolithic Ancestors Can Teach Us about Weight Loss, Fitness, and Aging

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We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert ourselves as little as possible.

That's right. We are, in essence, hardwired to be lazy overeaters.

This was a perfect strategy for success thousands of years ago. No human could survive in 40,000 BC unless he or she ate anytime food was available. Our ancestors knew that ...

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Overview

We humans evolved when food was scarce and life was full of arduous physical activity. Hence, our bodies instruct us to eat everything we can lay our hands on and to exert ourselves as little as possible.

That's right. We are, in essence, hardwired to be lazy overeaters.

This was a perfect strategy for success thousands of years ago. No human could survive in 40,000 BC unless he or she ate anytime food was available. Our ancestors knew that famine was always close at hand-feast now or suffer tomorrow. They were also careful to expend as little energy as possible, because burning more calories than absolutely necessary was a threat to survival. There were unpredictable intervals of low food intake, even occasional starvation, interwoven with times of abundance.

In the modern world, a hunter-gatherer would follow those same principles: He'd eat a lot and move a little. And he would suffer the same ills we do, living in a modern environment where food is abundant and physical activity is more or less voluntary. Most diet and exercise plans ask us to move more and eat less-a direct contradiction of our genetically engineered impulses. No wonder most diets don't work.

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“There’s a disconnect between how we were designed to live and the way we are now living. De Vany’s plan is all about closing that gap. The New Evolution Diet lays out an approach to food and exercise that feels intuitive.” —The Daily Beast
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605291833
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR DE VANY, PhD, has appeared on PBS, NPR, and in the New York Times and other national media as an expert on the Paleo lifestyle. He lives in Washington, UT.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 My Journey 11

2 Before You Begin: Eight Things to Measure 25

3 The New Evolution Diet 35

Interlude: Why Our Ancestors Were Not Vegetarians 51

4 How to Not Eat 53

5 A Month on the New Evolution Diet 58

Interlude: The Worst Foods You Can Eat 84

6 How to Exercise 89

Interlude: Boys to Girls 108

7 The Metaphysics Behind the Diet 111

Interlude: Sir Steven and Michael Phelps 119

8 The Competition Within 125

9 Age Like Me 132

Interlude: My Supplements 143

Conclusion: A Last Word 147

Afterword: When the Human Body Needs (Extreme) Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb 148

Notes 158

Further Reading 188

Index 200

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