If you can afford only one Paleo book...

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    Jun 12, 2011 9:51 AM GMT
    Which book would you guys recommend? I am hoping to find one that is realistic enough to apply to every day life with the initial goal being weight loss...

    (I understand some people can be very loyal to their brands of Paleo; so apologies in advance for this thread -- not trying to start a fight or anything -- just trying to figure out if this is doable for me...)

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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    Jun 12, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    I don't think you really need a book to follow when the basic premise of Paleo is to 'Eat like a caveman'.

    There's plenty of free information on the net.

    imho..
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    Jun 12, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    IMO, there's more than enough free info on these two sites:

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/

    http://www.archevore.com/

    If you insist on buying a book, I'd recommend Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint"
  • Starboard

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    Jun 12, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    Mark's Daily Apple is a great resource, though his Primal approach is not parallel to Paleo (I think the Primals eat dairy among other things that the Paleo purists avoid). I also agree that there are a lot of great Paleo resources online, but if you need to spend some money, I would invest in a copy of Robb Wolff's The Paleo Solution.
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    Jun 12, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    I've been reading "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson. It covers exercise and general lifestyle patterns as well as diet. All from the Paleo perspective. He cites factual claims decently, and while I am still iffy on his talk of genetics and how genes work (I'm a molecular geneticist...), his historical and anthropological work is spot on to the best of my knowledge.

    Skye
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    Jun 12, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes book is great...but, I found that their approach really relied on a very lean, low fat Paleo strategy. I tried that for a while...but I was always hungry and felt kind of weak. By increasing my intake of fat through Paleo friendly options (avocados, meat, nuts, eggs), I have found a balance that works better for me. A lot of people think that adding fat to your diet is counter-intuitive to being lean...but that has not been my experience.
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    Jun 12, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    I was funnelled towards The Paleo Solution.

    I love/hate the paleo diet. It sucks/is amazing.
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    Jun 12, 2011 9:16 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidI was funnelled towards The Paleo Solution.

    I love/hate the paleo diet. It sucks/is amazing.


    Why do you hate it (at times)?

    Thanks for everyone's replies, please keep them coming!
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    Jun 12, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    I've been doing the Paleo long enough now that I don't even think about it.
    It's just how I like to eat...natural as possible.

    And that's the key: Natural, or as close as possible.
    The best part is there's no counting calories or carbs or any of that shit.
    Just eat what you want to eat, when you want to eat.
    As an added bonus, you get to eat "cheat meals" whenever you feel like it, in moderation (once a week or so).
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    Jun 12, 2011 10:03 PM GMT
    WHy do i hate it? Cos it´s absurdly hard to keep to in a society so dominated by bread and biscuits. If you look at the average supermarket, the stuff you can eat on Paleo fills a tiny fraction of the shelves. It´s hard to eat paleo socially etc etc.... just plain awkward. You may get used to it (find work arounds), but it´s fundamentally difficult.

    Also a lot of the people on it are semi religious about it, and it goes SO against average advice. Just generally don´t like it. BUT I do it as I dislike even more what not being on it does to my body
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    Jun 13, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    Mark Sisson, just like everyone suggested.
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    Jun 13, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    I'm a big fan of Paleo for Athletes but agree that there is a ton of good information on the web. I really like Whole30 (http://whole9life.com/) who just put up a link for a new paleo recipe book (http://paleorecipebook.com/?hop=whole9life) that I admit I haven't bought but think it'd be a good investment if you were only going to get one book since you can read all the science but it's helpful to have the recipes.
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    Jun 13, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidWHy do i hate it? Cos it´s absurdly hard to keep to in a society so dominated by bread and biscuits. If you look at the average supermarket, the stuff you can eat on Paleo fills a tiny fraction of the shelves. It´s hard to eat paleo socially etc etc.... just plain awkward. You may get used to it (find work arounds), but it´s fundamentally difficult.

    Also a lot of the people on it are semi religious about it, and it goes SO against average advice. Just generally don´t like it. BUT I do it as I dislike even more what not being on it does to my body
    The thing I dislike the most is price.
    But yeah, the price for not doing it is eventually higher.
    I did the paleo even while off a couple months with herniated disks...lost very little if any muscle mass.
  • HawkShep

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    Jul 31, 2016 3:56 PM GMT
    Yay! Enjoying this thread, despite it being ancient icon_smile.gif

    Anyone here been on a paleo regime for a long while? I'm not sure I know anyone who's pursued it for more than a few weeks.

    I've recently started eating paleo and as I'm not experienced in the kitchen, looking for simple stuff that works on-the-go and won't set my kitchen on fire. Looking forward to checking out some of the recommended books.