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The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

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Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Victory Belt Publishing (first published 2010)
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Jennifer Connolly
Feb 08, 2013 Jennifer Connolly rated it did not like it
I bought this book at the same time I bought The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson because it seemed like it was even more popular than Mark's book and so I thought it might be worth a read. Big mistake. I made it about halfway through. I'm sure there is lots of great information in this book, but Robb Wolf's "voice" is so horribly obnoxious that I just can't get past it. He writes like an online marketer. The entire book reads like one of those one page 20K+ words sales letters you occasionally s ...more
Healthy Curls
Mar 28, 2015 Healthy Curls rated it it was amazing
If you're already familiar with Paleo Nutrition, you'll likely find this book redundant.

If, like me, you've never heard of it, this is a great introduction.

Other reviewers have complained about the "science-y sections." Wolf says it best when he says, before those chapters even start, that if the detailed nutritional info isn't your cup of tea you're perfectly welcome to skim or skip those sections and go straight to the "how to." Odds are good that once you start seeing results you'll want to l
If you want to read a book by a guy with a serious savior/martyr complex and intense government paranoia, then this is the book for you. Also, everyone who 100% agrees with his every word is smart and everyone else is stupid, sinister, or both.

Part One

First, I'm subjected to a sad story about how the author was basically the victim of the horrible religion of vegetarianism and how awful it all was, which forms the introduction to a book devoted to his new (This time he's really really right, he
Aug 23, 2012 Gordy rated it really liked it
If you have, or suspect, autoimmunity issues and want to save your life you need to read this book.

The book actually claims it may save your life which may sound like a bold - possibly outlandish and ridiculous - statement to make, until you learn that it's very likely going to save mine. To understand this, I need to give you a quick background as to why I came to read it...

In 2010 I began a journey that would lead me on a search to find answers to why my mental health was deteriorating and I
Nov 27, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing

If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired - this is your answer. If you're trying to gain weight, trying to lose weight, trying to stop being sick or having freaky weird symptoms your doctor sucks at explaining... if you just want to look good naked - this is the book you've been wishing/hoping/praying for!

I have been reading a lot about nutrition (small obsession) for many years now. Only recently have I been able to find the truth about how our bodies work. It ta
Jan 24, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: public-libraries
I came close to creating a new shelf just for this book, titled "couldn't finish." There's a lot of interesting, potentially useful information in it, but the author's tone is obnoxious. If his goal was to persuade me, he failed, and not because of his data. Rather, it was that I felt that he didn't understand his audience. He thought he did, but his sense of it was clearly based on people who'd come to him looking for help, and people who'd opposed him from the start, and there was no room for ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
While this book contains some useful practical information in its final chapters and has some succinct definitions of rather confusing health terminology, the overall attitude and arguement of the author is wildly disappointing and aggravating. Given that the author had such a difficult time in his personal life with nutritionists and doctors, it's understandable that he'd take them to task. However, he begins the book by disparaging vegetarians and vegans, stopping just short of calling them st ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Kristin rated it did not like it
There is a lot of interesting information in this book, but it is really hard to get past the author's obnoxious and condescending tone. He makes some ridiculously sexist comments, refers to the reader as "Buttercup", and generally acts as if no one else could possibly understand all the science-y stuff they way he does. He tries to be witty and humorous, but his attempts fall flat and he just comes off as juvenile and obnoxious. His constant digs at vegetarians and vegans get really, really old ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Most of my friends know that I'm a foodie. And most know of my struggles with weight loss brought on by my struggle to defeat Cushing's Disease. While no cause for Cushing's has been identified, I've long suspected that since it throws off hormonal balances (namely cortisol), the root of the problem may be other things that cause hormonal imbalances.

After watching Food, Inc. several years ago, I knew my suspicions were not unfounded. I adopted a mostly organic lifestyle, mainly organic meats. I
May 18, 2011 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Exercise your brain; you CAN read this book! You don't have to memorize anything for a test, so get over your issues with "geek speak". Reading this information WILL transform how you look at food and your health (and particularly if you watch the documentary "Food, Inc.") and hey, you might even feel good about brushing up on some science! The combination of this book and that documentary turned my perception of the food pyramid, and what I had previously considered to be "healthy foods", compl ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Sheena @ WCCF
Shelves: nonfiction, nutrition
Absolutely fascinating! The chapters about grains and leaky gut, as well as our fat confusion, and the topics of stress and cortisol or why we need more sleep, were hands down the best chapters. I also liked that Robb got down on my level and explained nutrition in ways that even I could understand and make sense of. Plus, I never would of thought a nutriton book could be funny and this one actually was in certain parts. I'm a fan and can't wait to download some of his podcasts onto my ipod to l ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was prescribed this diet over 10 years ago by a physician to help with Acid Reflux that had taken its toll on my voice box. In addition, I was told NOT to use spices at all. I ate the Paleo way faithfully for 4 months and I did great. It was the lack of spicing and flavor that eventually got to me. For myself, this way of eating absolutely works. I lost weight steadily, and was satiated by eating the "caveman" way. I had no desire to cheat.

I chose this book because I was looking for something
May 08, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
It amazes me how many negative reviews for this book there are out there. And I feel the need to write a decent review for this one. I'll concede that I guess I can see how his tone is obnoxious, but anyone who's ever been to a gym or worked with a trainer probably won't see it that way because the great trainers get in your face and don't let you back down. I actually think he's funny. I like the irreverent tone to be honest, for example, "lack of sleep cock-blocks weight loss."C'mon. Lighten u ...more
Craig Jaquish
Aug 24, 2016 Craig Jaquish rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
The challenge Robb Wolf faces with this book is that not only does he have high technical knowledge of his field, but many devotees of this regimen themselves come to the table with a considerable base of knowledge. So the problem at the onset is not merely how to distill the more technical aspects of the science down to something palatable for novice intake, but how to do this while providing a level of content to invigorate the already converted. Additionally there are those who come Wolf look ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it
This book is awful for a number of reasons

1. He sounds like an arrogant jerk.

2. It's Contradictory (I didn't even finish it but found several contradictions) ie, trans fat is bad NEVER EVER eat trans fat, except the small amount of trans fat in grass fed meats... or paleoliths lived long healthy lives-then fast forward a few chapters and he labels their lifespan as 30-35 years

3. Not well cited or sourced just a bunch of general "it's well known that carbs cause heart attacks" etc not data to bac
Nov 25, 2010 Manuel rated it did not like it
This book did little to convince me that the "paleo diet" is a big plus for an average thirtysomething male who avoids excessive junk carbs, omega-6 fats and sugar.

I have by no means performed the research or bloodwork on myself, but I have a pet theory.
Over on Tim Ferris' blog the author did a guest post, using shock tactics to lure in readers ("when you eat grains, poop leaks into your bloodstream! omg!!"). It sparked a holy war several hundred comments deep. When pressed by critics he often r
Sep 07, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most entertaining health/diet books I've ever read! Robb's writing style is hilarious - it's as though you're sitting in the room shooting the sh*t with him. Lines like, "Do you need a hug?" when he reveals how certain popular foods are slowly killing us...and his prodding to experiment with a Paleo Diet for 30 days. I've been doing something very similar and I feel like a MILLION dollars -- it was great to read Wolf's book as a confirmation of the physiological science behin ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Emilie rated it it was ok
Although I thought the premise was interesting and the scientific explanations clear, I came away with a dislike of the author. His tone is arrogant and he takes a definite "everybody else is wrong" approach. He would definitely appeal to the elitists in the nutrition world.
Dec 20, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
I read this book to find out more about the Paleo diet, which a lot of people seem to be doing and have had great success with.

This book reads very science-y which is fine. And most of it makes sense, when broken down that way. But it’s not a hard read, if you’ve ever taken a biology class.

However, I can’t believe that all grains/dairy/legumes are going to kill me. I just can’t, it doesn’t make sense to me. I feel and look much better after having switched from white to whole grains several ye
Sep 20, 2011 David rated it liked it
This book is probably my favorite of all the paleo-esque, primal books. Wolf has a great sense of humor and does a great job describing the science as far as how the human body absorbs and utilizes nutrients. Being an endurance athlete I don't think I'll ever be able to go full paleo while doing hardcore marathon training; however during times when my endurance training takes a back seat to my other endeavors (gettin' pumped up yo) I think it makes sense to try and eat as clean as possible and i ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Well this is a slight modification of the South Beach diet but, I think, reasonable enough, knowing as little about human chemistry and evolution as I do but he makes sense.

More to the point he does it in a way that had me laughing out loud. When's the last time you can say you did THAT for a "diet" book.

At any rate, it's not a hard "regime" in any sense of that word and works for those of us who don't really feel the need of grains, flours, and dairy products (including sadly cheese).

Aaron George
Feb 16, 2013 Aaron George rated it really liked it
I will start by saying that I and my family have been living this way for a couple years, and the only drawback has been trying to tolerate other peoples' attitudes. Try telling your mother that all the great food she makes is just plain poison. Having said that, I will agree with the negative reviews of Wolf's style. It is not for everybody. Not everyone shares what is quite obviously an irreverent, somewhat juvenile sense of humor. However, I believe that more people will remain engaged becaus ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Cherie rated it really liked it
I should have a complete critique of this seminal work on the Paleo diet/lifestyle, but at the moment all I can saw is urgh. Wolfe makes many salient points and backs up his theories with anecdotal as well as with scientific facts that are dumbed down enough for me to get a cogent understanding of his case. (Hey, I'm an English/Psychology girl, who dabbles in medical facts on the side as a hobby. I don't enjoy nutrition coursework. So sue me.)

The objections that I have with this work is the tone
Jan 19, 2011 Betsy rated it liked it
While I'm already on a gluten free diet, I was curious as to the other benefits I could achieve if I went completely grainless. I read a book on the Candida diet last year and followed it for a while and did feel better, so I was willing to give this a shot.

While Robb Wolf provided some great info and statistics, I couldn't stand how he kept referring to me, the reader, as "Buttercup". While trying to get his point across in a cute way, it was creepy. In addition, his terrible remarks about vega
Scott Storheim
Jan 12, 2011 Scott Storheim rated it it was amazing
I have read quite a bit of books / articles on nutrition and fitness the last few years due to trying to get myself healthy and fit. This is the best one yet and I'm glad I read it! The whole paleo deal frightened me due to my affinity for grains and carbs. Robb wolf does an excellent job of explaining the biochemistry that occurs in our bodies and the destruction that gluten, beans, and dairy causes. I started limiting my grains a great deal a few months ago and I feel so much better! Now that ...more
D. B.
Jan 06, 2015 D. B. rated it really liked it
This book is full of interesting information. I'm not an anthropologist, a nutritionist, or any kind of doctor, so I'm unqualified to say that Wolf does a good job of persuading me that our paleolithic ancestors ate better than we do now. What I can't argue with are the results I've had eating paleo--weight loss, more energy, better mental and physical health--so I'm not overly concerned with the criticisms.

The major value of this book is not in its persuasive tactics but in its information. Eve
Jan 30, 2012 Stacey rated it it was ok
I will save you a two-hundred-page sales pitch: stop eating gluten and other processed foods. Eat fruits, veggies, and meat only. Exercise good. Sloth bad.
This guy acts like he invented the idea, although it isn't a bad one. Eat how humans evolved to eat, dummy.
For a similar argument with more engaging writing, read Michael Pollan. Or, um, any fitness magazine.
Chris McClinch
Jun 25, 2011 Chris McClinch rated it it was amazing
Robb Wolf's introduction to the paleo diet is compulsively readable and well researched. It's not the be-all, end-all of the paleo/primal lifestyle, but this book or Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint is probably the best place to start. Be prepared to be challenged about what the proper way for human beings to eat really looks like.
Jun 02, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: food-diet
The writing at times is quite sarcastic which I can enjoy and it does keep the book from being to textbook-ish, but after being refered to as "buttercup" for the 10th time, it was starting to get a bit annoying. The book does have all of the scientific reasons for the paleo diet, but is divided well enough for the reader to decide how deep into the science they would like to go, from very basic to the fairly precise. I feel you should at least read the basic science to understand where the paleo ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: food
I appreciated this outline of the Paleo nutrition and exercise concepts but didn't enjoy reading it that much. Robb Wolf does a decent job outlining the components of our diet that are most important and explaining how modern research (that kind not influenced by government guidelines or big ag.) has identified the role of each in health. He draws a basic outline of Paleo eating and goes into decent depth about Paleo exercise. My biggest complaint about the book is that it starts out very detail ...more
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