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What's your impression on Cordain's new book ? [edited title so can I get an open?]

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Created December 19, 2011 at 5:19 PM

My arguments for why it's will be bad.

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

  2. He jacks the term Paleo 2.0 from KGH with little understanding of the origins*.

  3. Bacon is evil.

  4. "Potatoes should stay below ground"

  5. Flax Oil FTW

  6. Saturated fats are still at treated very very carefully. Lean beef is the one.

  7. Robb Wolf's cover blurb. "This book is taking Paleo to the new level". And I thought he was such a cool guy.

  8. "Milk is filtered cow's blood"

Google books preview here.

*"KGH: I call such an approach, when using all available science, and not just evolutionary speculation, Paleo 2.0"

vs.

"LC: adopting a modern healthy diet and lifestyle consistent with our genetic heritage as hunter-gatherers".

hoping on Melissa's review

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on December 19, 2011
at 06:06 PM

OK renamed. Way less funny this way though.

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on December 19, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I just dislike people "dickriding" as Robb is doing in this case. As for your old schoolism I agree thus I have pointed out things that are withing contex or that is provided in the preview (title, blurb, paleo 2.0). His flax oil recommendation as lean beef are taken as part of "Top10 shopping list" and the quotes about potatoes and milk don't leave much room for any other explanation than the most obvious ones.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Learn how to starve yourself into 7 days of weightloss, lose all energy through lack of easily metabolised fuel... AND get constipation! Then rant at your friends for how the ''paleo diet'' doesn't work! Brilliant.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Melissa, can't you just renamed it ? "What are your impressions of Loren Cordain's new book?".

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Well, apparently he noticed that paleo was redefined throughout the last years and he looses his control over this movement.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Yeah, it reminds me of computer programming books such as "Learn C++ in 7 days!" Yeah, right. Not happening.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:50 PM

I'll take SAD over a diet of lean muscle meat, gorilla food and cold pressed canola oil. FTW is ''For the win'' :-)

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I don't think I'll bother to review it unless it has something really innovative. That said, this is not a hack, even if Cordain may be one, and I'm closing it.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:38 PM

What's FTW? Wonder if canola oil is still in there.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:39 PM

About the only thing you can do in 7 days is miss your SAD staples, suffer "transition flu" and tell everyone you know you're trying a radical new diet.

I respect Dorado's point so I won't review the book without having read it. But I've read the title and it's a sell-out.

And please notice the "lose weight" that so many PH members say this lifestyle isn't about. We'll have a new generation of questions "I've been paleo for 2 weeks now and haven't lost any weight." And we should stop blaming those who ask said questions!

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I hold no brief for Cordain. Yet I am old school enough to think one of the major requirements of a book reviewer is to -- actually read the book, rather than comment on selected isolated quotes and characterizations lacking context. Today on the pedestal, tomorrow in the dust: so goes the predictable hero making/unmaking cycle. "I used to like Robb Wolf. Now he endorses a book by his mentor Cordain. I don't like Cordain so I no longer like Wolf." Wow, reminds me of how much fun I've been missing gradually junior high days.

SUBSEQUENT EDIT:

I too have not read the book. I did some readying about the book at Amazon. This sentence comes from the publisher in the book's behalf:

"Includes a new 7-day plan with recommended meals, exercise routines, lifestyle tips, and supplement recommendations."

I would guess that this 7-day plan is offered as a cycle that can easily be repeated, as in: "Use this as your plan for a week at a time. That is, do it for a week, then repeat it a few times. See what's going on for you after 4 cycles (one month).

That would strike me as valid advice, because a well balanced 7 day plan can easily contain all the variety you need (macros, vitamins, minerals, etc.) to live on the rest of your life.

Here then is my caveat: If Cordain is, in fact, selling this book on the premise that 7 days on Paleo will create radical empirical changes for the good in just 7 days, then I would agree with Nance's "sell-out" characterization.

I really can't believe Cordain is advocating the latter, nor that Wolf would endorse that kind of simplistic stuff. But, hey, I might be wrong.

I don't intend to find out any time soon, because I have no interest in yet another introductory Paleo book. They are great for newbies, which all of us were, once.

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on December 19, 2011
at 06:02 PM

I just dislike people "dickriding" as Robb is doing in this case. As for your old schoolism I agree thus I have pointed out things that are withing contex or that is provided in the preview (title, blurb, paleo 2.0). His flax oil recommendation as lean beef are taken as part of "Top10 shopping list" and the quotes about potatoes and milk don't leave much room for any other explanation than the most obvious ones.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Founder of the Paleo movement!

Yikers ... The 7 Days thing boils my blood. One week ain't sheet on any dietary lifestyle to change a gosh darn thang for the long term.

What, no picture of Cordain on the cover? Wonder why ...

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Yeah, it reminds me of computer programming books such as "Learn C++ in 7 days!" Yeah, right. Not happening.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Learn how to starve yourself into 7 days of weightloss, lose all energy through lack of easily metabolised fuel... AND get constipation! Then rant at your friends for how the ''paleo diet'' doesn't work! Brilliant.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Well, apparently he noticed that paleo was redefined throughout the last years and he looses his control over this movement.

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on December 19, 2011
at 05:48 PM

I'm a saturate fat and potatoes kind of guy. And bacon is evil, its not kosher! ;-)

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