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The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat [Paperback]

Loren Cordain
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3 Dec 2010
Eat for better health and weight loss the Paleo way with this revised edition of the bestselling guide–over 100,000 copies sold to date! Healthy, delicious, and simple, the Paleo Diet is the diet we were designed to eat. If you want to lose weight–up to 75 pounds in six months–or if you want to attain optimal health, The Paleo Diet will work wonders. Dr. Loren Cordain demonstrates how, by eating your fill of satisfying and delicious lean meats and fish, fresh fruits, snacks, and non–starchy vegetables, you can lose weight and prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and many other illnesses. Breakthrough nutrition program based on eating the foods we were genetically designed to eat–lean meats and fish and other foods that made up the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors This revised edition features new weight–loss material and recipes plus the latest information drawn from breaking Paleolithic research Six weeks of Paleo meal plans to jumpstart a healthy and enjoyable new way of eating as well as dozens of recipes This bestselling guide written by the world′s leading expert on Paleolithic eating has been adopted as a bible of the CrossFit movement The Paleo Diet is the only diet proven by nature to fight disease, provide maximum energy, and keep you naturally thin, strong, and active–while enjoying every satisfying and delicious bite.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Revised Edition edition (3 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470913029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470913024
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like Ray Audette s Neanderthin (St. Martins, 1999), this is another "if you can t find it in the wild, don t eat it" diet that takes the germ of a useful idea and runs with it. According to Cordain (health and exercise science, Colorado State Univ.), Paleolithic humans were fit and lean because, as hunter gatherers, they ate what was available: meats low in saturated fats, fresh fruits, and nonstarchy vegetables. Nor did they suffer from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, the byproducts of our poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Then again, the average Paleolithic life span was about 30 years, not long enough to develop most chronic illnesses. Still, the author asserts that by eliminating grains, dairy, refined sugars, and processed foods from our diets, we, too, can thrive as our ancestor did. Three levels of diet and six weeks of sample menus, with recipes, are included. --Library Journal

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AT LAST, THE UPDATED EDITION OF THE BESTSELLING DIET BOOK! "The Paleo Diet helps you lose fat, improve your health, and feel great. Why? Because the Paleo Diet works with your genetics to help you realize your natural birthright of vibrant health and wellness." —Robb Wolf, author of the bestselling The Paleo Solution "Loren Cordain′s extensive research demonstrates how modern westernized diets drastically depart from the original diet humans consumed for millions of years. In The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook, Dr. Cordain shows how diets high in grains, dairy, vegetable oils, salt, and refined sugars are at odds with our genetic legacy and then shares his uncomplicated strategy for losing weight and getting healthy." —Arthur De Vany, Ph.D., author of The New Evolution Diet Healthy, delicious, and simple, the Paleo Diet is the diet you were designed to eat. If you want to lose weight—up to seventy–five pounds in six months—or if you want to attain optimal health, The Paleo Diet will change your life now. Dr. Loren Cordain, the world′s leading expert on Paleolithic nutrition, demonstrates how by eating all the lean meats and fish, fresh fruits, and nonstarchy vegetables you want, you can lose weight and prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and many other illnesses. Incorporating all the latest breakthroughs in Paleo nutrition research, this new edition of the bestselling The Paleo Diet includes six weeks of meal plans to get you started on the Paleo path to weight loss, weight control, increased energy, and lifelong health.

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's working for me 9 Aug 2010
I'm 67 and my father died of a massive heart attack at that age so I try to look after my health. I've always managed to keep my weight under some sort of control by taking a lot of exercise but arthritis of the knees pretty much put a stop to that about 2 years ago and my weight ballooned. I've tried all sorts of diets and prescription drugs but nothing worked for me. I'm into ancient history and several recent books, including the excellent 'Pandora's Seed, The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization', by Spencer Wells, are starting to present compelling evidence that our Paleolithic ancestors, the hunter gatherers who lived before the introduction of agriculture and man's conversion to a largely grain based diet, did not lead short and brutal lives but were in fact very healthy. Using the latest forensic techniques it's suggested that humanity's general health went into decline for thousands of years after the Paleolithic, when many of the modern diseases like diabetes and cancer started to flourish.

You pays your money and takes your choice but after reading Pandora's Seed, I discovered the Paleo Diet and after five weeks I've lost 14 lbs and not felt hungry at any time. My wife says it's taken 10 years off me already and I'm confident I'll achieve my goal weight. I can't guarantee it'll work for everyone and vegetarians might have a tough time, vegans even more so, as lean meat and fish play a crucial role in the Paleo Diet. I recommend the book and the diet to anyone still seeking their personal answer to weight control.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the past 26 Mar 2011
I bought this book on the recommendation of my chiropractor to help me use the diet in his holistic approach to my health problems. Suffering from both fibromyalgia and oesteoarthritis I needed to lose weight and eat less inflammatory foods.
The book sets out to explain the Paleo Diet based on the paleolithic way of life of our hunter/gatherer ancestors. First of all it explains how obesity is the curse of the western world and then tries to put forward good reasons for changing your whole way of eating.
The food that you are required to eat is nutritious, and fresh, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh meat,fish and fowl. Nuts and omega-3 eggs are also included. There is also a chapter on exercise and chapter 10 contains recipes.
I found the book really informative and I feel its author, Dr Cordain puts forward an excellent case for the change to this diet, however, I do think he labours some of the scientific reports and evidence to support his case. The book is written by an American for the American market and therefore lacks local information for the UK. Like where on earth in the UK can you buy Bison steaks?
It has convinced me to try the diet and in 4 weeks I have lost 9lbs, without really trying. I have enjoyed what I have eaten and never felt hungry or deprived. The drawbacks are the time it takes to prepare the meals, the fact that you need to shop every few days for the produce to be fresh and the cost. As I am retired it hasn't impacted too much on my life but I can't imagine a busy mother feeding a family on this diet unless she has a very rich husband but I do think something drastic needs to be done to halt the obesity that is sweeping the UK and affecting all its citizens old and young.
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172 of 185 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the paleo diet, 3 for this version 28 Jan 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I'm a big supporter of the Paleo diet concept and the idea that we need to eat the traditional foods our genes need to be healthy.

This book claims to be the last word in explaining what our ancestors ate, and to not be just another book full of fads, but it is seriously flawed. The author seems to be trying to merge information on what the caveman diet consisted of with as many modern food fads as possible. He is particularly ignorant about healthy fats and oils.

The book is also not very convincing in the way it explains the scientific basis for the Paleo diet.

I disagree with the authors very-low salt stance and would advise them to read about unrefined sea salt and the work of Dr Brownstein on the many myths about salt and low-salt diet scaremongering, and the cholesterol scaremongering as well. The author has also been grossly misinformed about saturated fats. You should probably ignore what the author says about fats and oils in this book, as most of it is just plain wrong.

Liquid vegetable oils did not exist in paleolithic times and cooking with flax oil is very unhealthy! Saturated fats are also an important part of a healthy diet, and eating eggs does NOT raise your cholesterol levels. The 'very high' cholesterol levels mentioned in the book of 208 are also not high at all, and well within the healthy range of 200 - 240 according to lipid expert Mary Enig PhD.

The healthiest oils to cook with are ghee (unless you're 100% dairy free), lard, tallow, coconut and palm oils and olive oil. Oils should never be heated to very high temperatures such as in deep frying. These are the traditional fats to cook with, not flax oil!

The book is also very inconsistent and vague when it comes to talking about supplements.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paleo Diet - it works 25 Mar 2012
By Kayb
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I was recommended this book by a personal trainer. I was very hesitant about it but decided to give it a go - primarily to lose some weight - but also to kick start a healthier lifestyle. The hardest concept is eating meat for breakfast and giving up dairy and gluten BUT the results are amazing. In five weeks I have lost nearly a stone in weight, I'm sleeping better and feel full of energy all day long. It refocusses how you think about food and how lazy we have become eating our 'processed' foods. Do try it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept..
This book is very informative and makes you think about the way you eat and what you eat on a whole other level.. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Siobhan Sankar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paleo Diet Book
Best Diet I have ever Been On. Works Wonders. And I Highly Recommend this Book If you Really Want to Get Healthy.
Published 7 days ago by Leon G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thought it was a good book but don't know if I could stick to the diet
Published 24 days ago by mallybabs
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for this book (and GAPs)
This book has been a revelation to my husband and I. We've been following paleo for five weeks now and the difference we feel in our health is amazing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by marmitewasere
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I started this diet nearly 4 weeks ago and have lost 12 lb. I have MS and have felt really good, energised and bright.
Published 2 months ago by caroline Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars feel better than ever
I bought this book to get a true understanding of the paleo diet. If interested in weight loss or an increase in training performance looking and feeling better then look no... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Testing
Looks good and seems it has all I want to try
Will take a long time as I go through the menue's
Published 4 months ago by k gwynne
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting insight into the diet though it gets a bit...
Found the book totally interesting even if it was a bit beyond my comprehension in places (Omega 3.6.9. became confusing). Thought it spent too much time on foods not to eat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bee Payne
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Threw away. Rubbish. I did not realise it was all about eating meat. How author knew what cavemen ate I have no idea!! If you eat meat a lot you might like this diet.
Published 5 months ago by A. M. Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars re-read in an hour.
Some useful info in there to be sure, but still don't think I'll be giving up milk in tea, we live in 2014. :)
Published 5 months ago by Mr. P. R. Allen
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