The Paleo Solution [NOOK Book]

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Do you want to lose fat, look younger, and feel great, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s? The Paleo Solution unearths the story of the original human diet by uniting the anthropological knowledge of our Hunter Gatherer past with the latest, cutting edge discoveries from genetics, biochemistry, immunology and life extension research.

Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab...
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Overview

Do you want to lose fat, look younger, and feel great, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s? The Paleo Solution unearths the story of the original human diet by uniting the anthropological knowledge of our Hunter Gatherer past with the latest, cutting edge discoveries from genetics, biochemistry, immunology and life extension research.

Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength & conditioning coaches in the world. Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach combines equal parts British humor and tough love that will inspire you to learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better. In The Paleo Solution you will discover:

-What simple foods can dramatically improve your appearance and wellness.

-The causes behind the modern scourges of cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

-How to lose unwanted weight while looking and feeling younger.

-How to improve your athletic performance whether you are surfing couches or scaling mountains.

-An easy to follow 30 day meal plan with delicious, time efficient recipes.

-An outstanding beginner-intermediate exercise program with detailed photographs and “how-to” instructions from one of the world’s top strength coaches.
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Editorial Reviews

Eva La Rue
"I am a firm believer in The Paleo Solution. I maintain a hectic schedule that starts early and finishes late. Filming a television series, maintaining my fitness, and being a mom can be harrowing some days. Since adopting a Paleo way of eating I look and feel better, and I know that I am setting a good example for my daughter."
Forrest Griffin
"Robb Wolf and The Paleo Solution have changed the way I look at diet and nutrition. He's helped me understand just how critical diet and sleep can be to your overall health and life."
John Welbourn
"They say the worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. The Paleo Solution's value is far reaching for the knowledge that it offers. Robb has taken a unique approach to health and lifestyle that will help countless people."
Kyle Maynard
"I've watched as The Paleo Solution healed people after medical professionals had given up. Whether you're an athlete, or simply uninterested in becoming a health care statistic—there are no more excuses! Now you will finally look, feel, and perform as well as your genes will allow. Robb Wolf changed my life, and heÆs about to change yours too."
Publishers Weekly
Asserting that "modern life causes diabetes, autoimmunity, cancer, neurodegeneration, and infertility," the first-time author Wolf, a former student of The Paleo Diet's Lauren Cordain, takes on grains, carbs, vegetarians, misinformation, and other aspects of modern life with a casual, conversational tone ("Keep your poop where it belongs") that makes even topics like the components of total cholesterol engaging. Wolf's scientific background allows him to fully explain hormones, fats, and the dig
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012634436
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 14,422
  • File size: 977 KB

Meet the Author

Robb Wolf possesses the unique perspective of both scientist and personal trainer at NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Robb is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a USAW Olympic Weightlifting coach and a certified CrossFit Coach. Robb worked as a research biochemist for 5 years, and did Paleolithic Diet research with Prof. Loren Cordain of Colorado State University and author of the book The Paleo Diet. Robb is also a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.
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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Speaking from experience - this book can change your life

    I was lucky enough to attend Robb's Paleolithic Solution Seminar in Atlanta on 9/11/10 and I received a copy of this book at the end of the seminar, before it was released to the general public. I wanted to read it cover to cover before adding my review. It was an excellent read and full of knowledge and advice that will truly change your life if you have an open mind and are willing to try it out for yourself.

    I am not a science geek and I don't like reading through too many minute details of science, but I didn't have a problem getting through this book. He explains the science to just enough detail for one to understand it without getting overwhelmed. He also uses plenty of analogies and humor to make the concepts stick once you read about them. There is a TON of information in this book and I will be keeping it handy to use as a reference as my understanding of the Paleo lifestyle increases.

    I can say that I have experimented with Robb's advice over the last 9 months and it has made a tremendous difference in not only my life, but in my body composition. I easily lost over 25 lbs and decreased 3 to 4 pant sizes in the process and I am stronger now and have more energy than ever before. People have actually told me that I look like a completely different person than I did a year ago. The transformation is truly incredible. The bottom line - this stuff works, folks! This book explains how you can get those same results and experience life in a whole new way.

    The best thing you can do for yourself is to have an open mind when reading this book. It challenges everything we've been told by the traditional medical community and even our own government. Keep an open mind, try it for yourself and you'll see the results. For many, implementing these changes will ultimately result in a total lifestyle change. This may take time and some adaptation, but the benefits are worth it. Believe it or not, you will get over not having bread and pasta - the cravings disappear soon after you begin implementing Robb's advice.

    Robb is the real deal, folks. He is not looking to get rich quick by selling you some silly supplement or magic potion. This is truly his passion and he is doing everything he can to spread the knowledge he's gained while trying to live an ultimately healthy life. He not only gives this advice, but he lives his life according to what he preaches. How many other authors of "diet" books can say the same thing?

    Robb also answers many of the traditional questions that come up when people first hear of this way of life like "What about Fiber?", "Aren't whole grains healthy?" and "This is too hard". He responds to these questions, doubts and whining with tough love, truthful advice. He doesn't sugar coat anything and deals with these doubts by first backing it up with the science to support his case and finally by asking readers to try it for 30 days and see if they look, feel and perform better. He also addresses some realistic situations in the book - for example, the question of drinking alcohol. Instead of ignoring the subject or saying "you should never drink alcohol", he gives you realistic advice on how to have a drink or two without completely falling off the wagon. It's tidbits like this - along with Robb's humor, and tough love personality that make this book not only worth reading, but enjoyable to read.

    39 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Informative, Interesting, & Compelling

    Informative, Interesting, & Compelling

    These are three words you don't often associate with a nutrition book. Somehow Robb Wolf has managed to combine these characteristics in his new book The Paleo Solution.

    The information in this book is vast. If you think you are getting a book that only covers nutrition, think again. Wolf packs anthropology (pre & post agricultural revolution), nutrition, digestion, meal plans, exercise, supplements and more into a little over 300 pages. Amazing! If that was not enough, he provides enough academic references to keep a phd busy for years (literally).

    The information is staggering, but to be honest, that isn't what I find most impressive. What really struck me is that he manages to make this information interesting. Let's be honest, "nutrition book" and "page turner" usually don't go together. Well, this is as close as it gets folks! The Paleo Solution content is delivered in an entertaining and easy to understand way. I actually enjoyed reading this book. There, I said it.

    What makes The Paleo Solution so compelling is it's simplicity. Robb basically boils it down to this. Give this a try for 30 days and if you do not notice a difference in how you look, feel, and perform, feel free to go back to whatever you were doing before. Simply, eat paleo foods, get plenty of rest, and get some exercise and your life will be changed. There's no hard sell. Just give it a shot and quit whining.

    WARNING: The following is a bit of a rant.

    Finally, If you noticed, I intentionally avoided the use of the word "diet" when referring to this book. The word "diet" kinda bugs me as it applies to this book. This is a lifestyle book. I can only figure the publisher or somebody made Robb put "diet" in big red letters on the cover. In my mind a diet is something miserable you do for a while so you can loose weight, so you can go back to what you used to do (not miserable), ultimately, gaining weight back.

    That's not what this is! It's more about lifestyle & wellness than "diet". A year ago when I was sick and tired of feeling like crap, I started eating paleo. Shortly thereafter, I found Robb's work and it made sense. Since then I have lost over 30 pounds and gained muscle. At no point did I feel miserable or feel like I deprived in any way. I actually felt great. I was leaner and I had no more achey joints. I just felt normal again. Not my mid-30's normal, more like my late teens, early 20's normal. That was awesome.

    If anything, this is a "be the best you" or "positive adaptation" diet (I am clearly not in marketing). If you are skinny, you will gain some muscle. If you are overweight, you will loose some fat. If you have digestive, auto-immune, or inflammatory issues, you very well may put your symptoms into remission.

    In short, buy the book. Stop whining. Do what it says. Feel better. Have fun and live a great life.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    The Perfect balance of Science, Practical application & humor!

    I've recently learned about Robb Wolf a few short Months ago. I started reading his blogs & listening to his Podcasts of the same name, I've even purchased some of his online articles. I have to tell you, he has really impressed me with his knowledge and passion for Nutrition & Exercise, not to mention his great sense of humor, I always get a few laughs when I read his Stuff.

    The More I read up on Paleolithic Nutrition, the more it made sense to me. I was so happy to hear that Robb's Book was about to be Published!! I literally ran all over town to get my copy! What can I say, I absolutely love this book!

    I loved the way it's perfectly balanced between some Hard Science (you need not take his word for it, he breaks down the "Why" with Hard Science), Practical Application (Robb makes it real simple to get started) and humor, it's going to be hard to read other Nutritional Books as Robb's book was actually funny! I found the book so Informative & entertaining, I literally couldn't put the book down. I finished it in a week (a very busy one)that's a record for me, I just couldn't put it down, going to read it again actually!

    I loved how the book just doesn't talk about looking good naked (like fad diets), but puts a lot of focus on health & lifestyle. I loved the little "Geek Speak" sections he had for people who really wanted to learn more.

    Robb also did an outstanding Job Scaling the Workout so no matter what's your level of Functionality, you can get started with this program! I actually really liked the Exercise Protocol he uses in the book!

    The 30 day Meal plan is top notch too! I've recently purchased an online Paleo recipe Book set, and while it's outstanding, the 30 day Meal plan from Robb's Book looked so good and practical I'm actually going to give this a go as is! I'm so happy that I made this investment, even if your on the fence about Paleolithic Nutrition, you will learn a lot of Science and information you can use to enhance your life and get a few laughs from the book as well! One complaint I seem to hear a lot is that most Paleo Nutrition books cater more to endurance athletes, Robb is a Lifter & Athlete, so the Power athlete is not ignored in this book! Great Job Robb! This book has definitely made an impact on my life, I look forward to the lifestyle changes. I highly recommend this book!!

    Sincerely

    Pedro A. Morales

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    The world need to eat like this

    This book will change your life. I've been eating like this and I feel amazing. The whole world should be on this eating lifestyle!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Paleo to the people!

    Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" is a wonderful resource for both the current Paleo eater and someone new to the arena of ancestral eating. Wolf breaks the book down into both the scientific "why" and the everyday "how" so that the reader can decide just how far down the scientific rabbit hole s/he wants to go. "The Paleo Solution" is a fun, light-hearted but educational adventure into ancestral nutrition and exercise that anyone can follow but it doesn't stop there. Wolf explains how diet, activity, sleep and lifestyle stress can radically effect one's well-being. I've followed Wolf's blog and podcast for years and I'm excited to have all of that information in one place -- an easy to read and understand text, to give to friends and family who are interested in improving their lives through diet and exercise.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Life Changing... If you are ready to make a change

    It's been 3 weeks into my Paleo Diet challenge and I have no intension of stopping after 30 days. I feel fantastic. I have lost some weight... I'm sure more will follow, but overall I just feel more rested, have more energy, less bloated, more clear headed, etc. The Paleo Diet is not a fad diet, it's a new way of life and I am not looking back.

    Robb has such an amazing voice in the book. "Put down the cookie and listen to what I'm saying!" "Buck up, Buttercup!" Thank you Robb for your help and insight.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If it helps you eat less junk food, go for it.

    A lot of the rationale for a paleolithic diet is pretty silly. Paleolithic people did eat grains, and evolution is most likely the origin of the prolonged expression of lactase (the enzyme that helps people metabolize lactose) seen in people of European ancestry. I don't think his references necessarily support his arguments. While some claims are long-known and accepted by the medical and scientific communities(for example, increased serum cortisol will stimulate gluconeogenesis), a lot of the theory and "expertise" behind this book is based on conjecture. If the story line helps you eat less junk food that's great. The reading level is handle-able for just about anyone.

    6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Living longer

    Our son, a certified CrossFit trainer, started us on the Paleo diet about a year ago. It has changed our lives; we didn't catch the flu last year; our weights reached a maintenance level; our energy has increased; best of all, our pantry and freezer are stocked with foods better for us. Purchasing this book has added more value to our lives.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Great introduction to the Paleo lifestyle

    Don't think of this as another low-carb diet book, think of it as how to change your life to a healthy lifestyle. Robb Wolf gives advice on how to eat like our ancestors, the importance of sleep and exercise, and gives you a plan on how to tackle this.

    If have read other books on the paleolithic diet then you may not get much new out of this one, but Wolf aimed this book at the beginners and does a great job of making it an easy to understand, so easy a caveman would get it.

    So buttercup if you are looking on how to improve your diet and health then grab this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    A health book that makes sense!

    Humorous, logical, and full of science, "The Paleo Solution" is a surprisingly entertaining educational book. Wolf (a former research chemist, now gym owner/trainer) relates his own story of how he became extremely sick on a supposedly healthy vegetarian diet and how he regained his health after he learned that he had a family history of celiac disease - a condition caused by exposure to gluten and exacerbated by grains, legumes, and dairy - and took steps to eliminate these problematic foods from his diet.

    Wolf lays out the anthropological and physiological evidence for how our modern life is truly out of step with our genetics, which haven't changed much in millions of years. Wolf obviously knows a lot about physiology and what can go wrong at the chemical level when we are exposed to stressors that are basically poisons (if not immediately fatal ones). Modern lifestyles and neolithic food are implicated in the development of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, infertility, and cancer.

    Wolf's arguments seem scientifically sound, and he does a good job of trying to keep things humorous. Some of the science-heavy chapters may be a bit much to get through in one sitting, but he does tell readers up front that they CAN go straight to the chapters on implementation, with their recommendations for before and after blood tests, sleep hygiene, exercises, and 30 days of recipes. Most impressive is his challenge to remain skeptical, even of everything he says. He asks that readers take the 30 day plunge and discover if they truly do look, feel, and perform better. If so, they have found the lifestyle that suits them and their genetics. If not - it's time to ask more questions.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    It's just that simple! Seriously

    First and foremost, this book is not trying to sell you anything! Add to that the fact the author is actually healthy, in shape, funny, knowledgeable, and practices what he preaches. Having been to a lecture given by Robb Wolf recently, then having read his book, the man speaks how he writes so you will enjoy the book cover to cover. The layman and the science geek will be happy, as he puts this info in simple to understand terms but adds the science for people who want more. 'the Paleo Solution' is just asking for 30 days, thats it! Your digestion, front to back will THANK YOU! The mirror will not lie! Short and simple, eat as much as you want of Good foods, no weighing, measuring, sweating the small stuff, just eat! Losing bodyfat is what will happen, plain and simple.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I love this book.

    Implementing the paleo solution has helped me lower my pain from rheumatoid arthritis and I've begun to lose weight. Best purchase I've made.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    Awesome, Funny, and Smart; Robb Wolf is sensational!!

    The Paleo Solution changed the way I look at nutrition and the common American diet. Wolf takes the time and tells why the way we eat contradicts out genetic structure. He uses the big terms but breaks it down for us who are not scientists.

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to change the way they think and feel about their diet.

    I have eliminated most of the pain from my chronic fibromyablis by following the paleo lifestyle.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Makes perfect sense.

    I like this Robb Wolf guy. He's funny and witty - but most of all it MAKES SENSE. Buy this book - and skip the rest of the gimmicky diet books out there.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Paleo Solution Diet

    You might think that this would be another boring diet book but it isn't. The author is funny and I just wanted to read more and more. This all makes sense.....am going to try it for 30 days as he suggests and will come back and tell you what happened and how I feel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Too bad I cant view this!

    Requested a sample to see if the book contained useful recipes b4 I spent the $$. Since 36 of the 48 pages are blank and the 12 that arent blank have only acknowldgements and the table of contents, I will be passing on this book :0(

    3 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2010

    The Paleo Solution changed my life

    I started eating Paleo about a year ago. I started listening to the podcast and got this book also. It is a great resource for a way of eating that will have you feeling better than ever. I lost 40 lbs in a year. My wife did the same and she has even inspired several of the people she works with to do the same. They all went paleo and they are all feeling great and losing weight.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Take charge of your life and your health!

    Robb Wolf has done it! In his new book, The Paleo Solution, he has found a way to take the sometimes scary, many times overwhelming and all the time life altering topic of your health and made an extremely interesting to read and informative book. This is no easy task! As someone who has read almost all books out there regarding the Paleo approach to lifestyle and nutrition, I temper my recommendations to folks based on their expressed method of learning. For detailed explanations of why you should eat such and such read this book. Or if you aren't into the scientific end of things you should read this one. Robb's book reads the way he speaks, enlightened and humorous with a solid helping of wit. By the time you finish reading this book you really feel that to eat and live any other way is kind of silly.

    Where we as a people are in time in regards to our health isn't any good. For the most part the mess we've made and, more importantly, the solution to this mess is in our very own hands in the choices of food that we consume every day. The farther we get from the foods that our bodies recognize and are designed to process the further our health degrades and lifetimes of illness become acceptable. This does NOT have to be so.

    The Paleo Solution isn't a short term fad diet, but a true lifestyle program to help you gain control of your life and your health. Be careful! To have control of your life and your health is empowering and addictive! If you have to pick one resource for improving your life, Robb's Paleo Solution should be it!

    Get your copy today!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    A Must Read

    The Paleo Solution is a must read for anyone wanting to improve his or her health and wants to understand why adopting a paleo diet is the most important lifestyle change one will every make. Robb has an uncanny way of making the science behind the paleo diet fun while still addressing the seriousness of our modern day illnesses and how to reverse and avoid them. It is my hope that anyone serious about their health will read this book, I will assure you it will be a life changing event!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

    Who knew a scientist could be so funny!

    If science were made to be this interesting and easy to understand when I was in school, I would have paid a lot more attention. The best part about this book is that if you don't believe the science then all you have to do is try it and see for yourself. And he is not trying to get you to buy into anything. It's not one of those programs where if you like it you have to t hen go and buy something to keep doing it. All the tools are in the book to make a successful start and it is super funny!!!!!!! Loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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