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The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young

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How to take the Paleo Diet to the max for optimal weight loss and total health--from bestselling author and top Paleo expert Dr. Loren CordainDr. Loren Cordain's bestselling "The Paleo Diet" and "The Paleo Diet Cookbook" have helped hundreds of thousands of people eat for better health and weight loss by following the diet humans were genetically designed to eat: meats, fi ...more
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Published December 20th 2011 (first published 2011)
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Angela Boord
Jan 07, 2012 Angela Boord rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to lose weight, feel better, or has an autoimmune condition
Shelves: diet, paleo
Lots of good information and scads of references in the back of the book, but the main text sometimes comes off as sounding rather alarmist, in the sense that he makes claims (for instance, that eating raw kidney beans has been fatal in some cases) and sort of vaguely references the instance or study that supports the statement. In those cases (particularly in the "beans can be lethal" sections) it would have been more helpful to see pointed references, just because the claims are so far beyond ...more
Stephie Jane Rexroth
"From what we know about historically studied foragers, they hunted, gathered, and fished for foods in a manner that maximized their caloric intake verses the energy they expended to obtain these foods. This food-gathering strategy is referred to as the 'optimal foraging theory' by anthropologists. Based on the optimal foraging theory, hunter-gatherers typically maintained the following order of food preferences:

1. Large animals
2. Medium-sized animals
3. Small animals, birds, and fish
4. Roots and
Christopher Perleberg
A masterwork, a lifetime of study and research condensed down into one book. Loren Cordain views human diets through the lens of evolution to point to foods that may induce health issues and then presents a wide variety of studies showing what the detailed issues are. He recommends (and backs up with studies) avoiding grains and legumes (both contain a wide variety of anti-nutrients intended to keep animals from eating them), milk (filtered cow's blood intended for calves, containing all sorts o ...more
I'd give this 4 stars for content, 3 stars for readability. There's a lot of info in this book. But this vegetarian of 5 years has turned to meat eating again and is feeling good, with no hint of the chronic inflammation I've had in the past. And a bonus is that other medical issues have seemingly resolved themselves - issues I did not think were related to vegetarianism based on my iron levels during blood work. Needless to say, I think Dr Cordain's spot on when saying that hematocrit is a poor ...more
Since dealing with breast cancer a couple of years ago, we have changed our eating habits and generally eat pretty clean (cooking real food, limiting processed foods) and avoiding gluten because it raises the inflammation markers in my bloodwork. As part of a "summer meltdown" program with my bootcamp, they are doing a paleo diet for a couple of weeks (along with several other things). It's pretty easy to get the general concept of paleo --- lean meats, fresh veggies/fruits, nuts and seeds -- no ...more
This book is an overdue update to Dr. Cordain's classic previous work "The Paleo Diet" which greatly accelerated the concept of applying the sciences of evolutionary biology and anthropology to contemporary nutrition.

In short, Dr. Cordain provides a scientific guiding principle that humans ate, exercised and slept in specific patterns for well over a million years. Then, a comparatively recently 10,000 years ago, the agricultural revolution dramatically altered these patterns. These patterns hav
I'd been picking up so many nutrition and diet books about paleo-eating that I thought should read up on it by one of its founders. It all started with my viewing on Netflix the documentary, "The Perfect Human Diet" after watching my father suffer and die from heart disease which I totally attributed to his lapse into a Western diet gone turbo. However, it ain't easy to eliminate grains and dairy and legumes, even after I had already decided to try to drastically eliminate highly processed foods ...more
Not a light/easy read by any stretch of the imagination, but I appreciate Cordain's work to ground the reasons one might choose paleo in science. (Knowing full-well, of course, that results can be interpreted in many ways.)

'Part One: The Paleo Way' and 'Part Three: Maximum Paleo Living' were the most helpful—discussing saturated fat, how to approach paleo (I like the 85/15 rule—follow it 85% of the time and use the other 15% (approx. 3 meals per week) as you like), and a sample menu for a week'
This book is loaded with good information but unless you love reading about science and studies on a nearly academic level, be prepared to nod off a few times. I tried, I really tried to grasp everything he was saying in those sections, but failed. It's just a lot to take in. I did take away a lot of good tips that are going to help me eat better though. I agree with other reviewers who said that Cordain came off as a bit "alarmist" in sections. ie- undercooked beans will kill you! Um... yeah. I ...more
Some kindle notes:

Theodosius Dobzhansky, a well-known Russian evolutionary biologist, said, “Nothing in biology makes sense, except under the light of evolution.” - location 250

In The Paleo Diet, I spoke of the 85/15 rule—meaning that if you are 85 percent compliant with the diet most of the time, significant improvements in your health can occur. The other 15 percent—normally, three meals a week—are open meals, meaning you can choose to eat a normal amount of foods that fall outside the diet pl
Unlike other diet-based books which tell you to eat a certain way because it will help you lose weight, Dr. Cordain explains the science behind everything and why eating a diet that includes dairy, grains, and legumes leads to many of the current diseases, inflammations, and autoimmune disorders occurring in our culture right now. He debunks the marketing exploits used to promote dairy, grains, and supplements while also providing an alternative eating regimen that is suitable to how the human b ...more
Lia Yuniarti
I get a lot of info from this book. But, I am getting confuse with writer statement about the worse of dringking milk. If milk is too bad, why rhe quran say that it is a good drink? I am a moslem and really believe in quran. So this statement make me confuse And I should read another writing to make it clear. Any suggestion?
I really enjoyed learning about the paleo take on ideal human nutrition. I must say, this book has converted me to believing that a paleo diet is the best choice for health. I no longer see legumes or grains as necessary for nutrition; unfortunately, I have not been able to entirely cut them out of my diet. The paleo diet makes a lot of inherent sense, but the best part of this book is all the science that Cordain brings to the subject. He cites numerous studies in defense of his viewpoint. Wher ...more
Darrin Holst
Probably not a good intro to paleo book, but there was some good info even if there were some uncomfortable parts when he was tearing down vegetarianism and the dairy industry. The chapter on water was a new one for you even more stuff to think about :-/

The book appeared to be a long one, but an amazing 40% of it was references and index.
Martha Smith
I have read all of Loren Cordain's books on the Paleo diet and this one does not disappoint.
This book really got me thinking more about the things we eat and how so many people just eat whatever without even thinking about what it could be doing to them. It is a very informative book.

If you're someone who just wants to eat paleo because you were told it's good and know by others' experiences that it works, but you don't care WHY things are bad for you, then I wouldn't bother reading this. If you are a very curious person and love to learn why things are the way they are, this book is
An incredibly depressing book... tells you that pretty much everything that you put in your mouth is highly toxic and lethal... except for fish and meat (that the author so conveniently forgets to mention also contains toxins). So, I closed the last page feeling very very down... went out and bought a huge block of hazelnut chocolate and had a piece with a great sense of enjoyment from being alive... despite the high content of toxins contained in that piece of chocolate that even kills a dog :- ...more
Malcolm Bastien
I really didn't get much out of this book. From the first few chapters I have a better understanding of the problems with vegetarianism, dairy, and legumes.. but besides that it goes into a level of detail about the effects of non-paleo foods that's just too deep. If you're looking for more reasons why you shouldn't eat stuff, this book references tons of studies. If you already know what the paleo diet is, this book won't give you much new information.
I haven't read this book from cover to cover. However, I'm impressed by what I have read. I've been following the Paleo program for a couple of weeks now, and have experienced weight loss as well as relief from stomach distress. Dr. Cordain, the founder of this movement, backs up his information with impressive scientific research. Definitely a good resource if you're thinking of trying this program for either weight loss or better health and well-being.
Excellent read!
Dr. Cordain explains the Paleo diet further in this book, and describes an option for those with an autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis. I am forever grateful for his discoveries and appreciate the many graphs and scientific research in this book even though all people can benefit from this information.
Morelos Barros
If you want to improve your health, this book is a must.

It's flawlessly researched and well written.

However a warning must be made. This book WILL scare the crap out of you. The author claims everything you eat and do will kill you mercyless. So you must use your wisdom and smarts to skim through the fear.

It hard to get through. In fact, I DIDN'T get through it, I skimmed through it.
A totally unnecessary read in my opinion. A positive? He talked about children and different stages of your life...that was good.
I liked how he recommended a higher intake of fruits for kids that makes sense.
Nothing really that new?
Loren Cordain certainly knows his stuff and gives many compelling reasons to try the Paleo Diet. I do find his writing style a touch heavy and felt a little lectured to at points.. probably because I don't want to give up ice cream. LOL Very well researched though, and a LOT of excellent information
This book provides up to date science to support a thorough analysis of why grains, dairy, and beans should not be part of one's diet. I already eat a paleo diet but having the science at my fingertips to understand why the paleo lifestyle feels so good is wonderful.
Mark Chalmers
Takeaway info: wheat, corn, dairy, and regular potatoes are killing us, and the people that don't have them aren't dying of the same things as us. He says over and over that he can't imagine why the USDA can't figure this out. My bet is money.
Rayna Hanschen
The science makes sense. We'll see how the diet goes. He relies a little heavily in the 'well our ancestors did it...' reasoning and it gets comical at times. But he uses 'real' science and studies to back his claims.

We'll see.

Easy read!
Much easier to follow than the previous book by Dr. Cordain. Very cleanly laid out and a good summary of the scientific principles behind different health choices. Looking forward to leafing through his extensive set of references.
Meta-analyses of thousands of studies that show why grains, legumes, and dairy are destroying our health. Finally, a scientific explanation of why I'm intolerant to these things and feel so much better when I don't eat them.
some good points although I don't agree with everything pertaining to a vegetarian diet. I read it a few times and will reference it when I need to. interesting how wheat and potatoes block nutrients being absorbed.
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Loren Cordain, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts and researchers in the area of evolutionary medicine. He is on the faculty of Colorado State University and the author of The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. He has been featured on Dateline NBC, in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media."
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