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If I could read only ONE book on Paleo...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Which book would it be, and why?

I've already read "The Whole 30". Great stuff, but I want to increase my knowledge. I'm leaning towards "The Paleo Solution" and also "The Primal Blueprint" but I'm not sure which one. Maybe there's one out there that's even better that I haven't heard of.

My main goal in reading the new book is to lose weight fast, keep the weight off, and to keep it (eating) simple.

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at 01:28 AM

Thanks! I'll check that one out.

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+1 Awesome read, helps me stay on track with a more orthodox Paleo way of eating, and great information on supplements that have really helped me out. My favorite read on the subject.

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Exactly paleo12, the idea that we can achieve perfect health is fallacious! I would avoid the book as these two are certainly not experts in this field and to account for this they utilize speculations, such as on this link http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/dangers-of-zero-carb-diets-ii-mucus-deficiency-and-gastrointestinal-cancers/ Also, seemingly unscientific, "glucose deficiency"? "lots of vegetables" on a zero-carb diet (how does that make any sense)?

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at 03:23 PM

The public school system teaches what the FDA preaches. I watched a specialist teach a lesson last week that included Kix and Cornflakes as healthy breakfast choices, and that butter is a "sometimes" food.

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Thanks, Justin! I'll check that out right now.

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on February 15, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I tend to agree. Not people around here like to talk about Atkins but I think it's a great best approach. It's possible to set up a low-carb diet and make paleo food choices. Check out Jimmy Moore's blogging and podcast as well, he melds low-carb and paleo as well as anyone: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/tag/nutritional-ketosis

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just for clarification, I have both books and suggest both books to anyone who is interested. But if you can only buy 1....

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at 10:16 AM

You might also likre this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight#axzz2KxfxcIQc

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PaNu is here: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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PsNu here: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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PHD is incredibly informative and all based on credible sources. Not to say I agree with every thing in it. Nor do I think any diet is "perfect."

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at 03:19 AM

I'm loving the Perfect Health Diet. Solid. I recommend it to everyone.

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at 03:13 AM

+1 That's a great book!

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What is the PaNu site? Thank you for your answer!

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at 02:53 AM

Thank you! You're right, PB is all online, why buy the book when I can read most of it on the website.

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at 02:52 AM

Thanks! I'm 5'4", 186 lbs, 35 years old and female. I would like to lose about 50 lbs in a 6-8 month time period, and I think a ketogenic diet would work the best for what I want to do.

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That might be helpful if I butchered my own meat. Not exactly what I was looking for, but thanks anyway.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:07 AM

How much weight do you need to lose and how quickly do you need to lose it?

If you're in a hurry, you should consider a ketogenic diet. A lot of Paleo books are against the kind of weighing and measuring require to really hit this point home. Use the Whole 30 to guide which foods you eat but use Atkins to help you set specific macronutrient goals.

Then I'd recommend for the Perfect Health Diet for maintenance or slower weight loss. It helps explain some great concepts ideas behind how to set macro nutrient goals. It also merges the Paleo diet into diets from traditional culture.

The Paleo Solution is a great book but it focuses on sick people with autoimmune problems which you did not say that you have.

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on February 15, 2013
at 06:06 PM

I tend to agree. Not people around here like to talk about Atkins but I think it's a great best approach. It's possible to set up a low-carb diet and make paleo food choices. Check out Jimmy Moore's blogging and podcast as well, he melds low-carb and paleo as well as anyone: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/tag/nutritional-ketosis

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on February 15, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Thanks, Justin! I'll check that out right now.

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Thanks! I'm 5'4", 186 lbs, 35 years old and female. I would like to lose about 50 lbs in a 6-8 month time period, and I think a ketogenic diet would work the best for what I want to do.

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at 01:12 AM

I would choose the Perect Health Diet for the detailed explanations. Although I would hit the PaNu site first.

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on February 15, 2013
at 10:15 AM

PaNu is here: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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on February 15, 2013
at 03:19 AM

I'm loving the Perfect Health Diet. Solid. I recommend it to everyone.

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on February 15, 2013
at 10:14 AM

PsNu here: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:54 AM

What is the PaNu site? Thank you for your answer!

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on February 15, 2013
at 05:26 AM

PHD is incredibly informative and all based on credible sources. Not to say I agree with every thing in it. Nor do I think any diet is "perfect."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 18, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Exactly paleo12, the idea that we can achieve perfect health is fallacious! I would avoid the book as these two are certainly not experts in this field and to account for this they utilize speculations, such as on this link http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/11/dangers-of-zero-carb-diets-ii-mucus-deficiency-and-gastrointestinal-cancers/ Also, seemingly unscientific, "glucose deficiency"? "lots of vegetables" on a zero-carb diet (how does that make any sense)?

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Primal Body - Primal Mind, Nora Gedgaudas very informative, interesting, easy read.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thanks! I'll check that one out.

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on February 15, 2013
at 03:13 AM

+1 That's a great book!

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on February 19, 2013
at 01:49 AM

+1 Awesome read, helps me stay on track with a more orthodox Paleo way of eating, and great information on supplements that have really helped me out. My favorite read on the subject.

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on February 15, 2013
at 05:55 AM

This is a book I always recommend:

The Primal Blueprint

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on February 15, 2013
at 01:02 AM

I'd go with the paleo solution. If weight loss is your biggest concern, PB is all online: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz2KvMTLeGT

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on February 15, 2013
at 12:53 PM

just for clarification, I have both books and suggest both books to anyone who is interested. But if you can only buy 1....

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on February 15, 2013
at 02:53 AM

Thank you! You're right, PB is all online, why buy the book when I can read most of it on the website.

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on February 18, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Give Gary Taubes' "Good calories, bad calories" a try. Very informative. Although you might have a hard time reading the book in the beginning I guarantee you, however, that you won't be able to put his book down.

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on February 18, 2013
at 06:40 PM

In regards to learning more about being healthly in general as well as applying things to living a Paleo Lifestyle, I've learned a great deal from reading "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. This book helps you understand how & why the body both uses and stores fat and what are the catalysis that effect both weight gain and weight loss in reference to fat.

I have read both "The Primal Blueprint" and "The Paleo Solution" and enjoyed them both. Personally, I think Robb Wolf's book is best as an introductory book for people curious about Paleo.

Another great read to help you better understand your body and it's connection to the foods we eat is "Deep Nutrition" by Catherine Shanahan.

I hope these two suggestion were helpful!

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on February 15, 2013
at 04:10 AM

Personally, in any new subject I read 2 or 3 of the best books. Just to start.

One author never says it all in 1 book, and the second author always has a different specialization, a different perspective, etc.

For really important topics, I simply continue reading until I hit the point of satiation - that is, until I find nothing more of importance to learn. Repetitiveness signals this point.

Unfortunately for nutrition, the science itself is not yet complete. The public school system does not teach the basics. Very little is standardized, and although there appears to be an emerging consensus on core issues, to me, it's chaos. I myself would like an official manual.

But if you're gonna choose only 1 or 2 books, I'd second Rob Wolff's "The Paleo Solution" and the one by Dr. Atkins himself.

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on February 18, 2013
at 03:23 PM

The public school system teaches what the FDA preaches. I watched a specialist teach a lesson last week that included Kix and Cornflakes as healthy breakfast choices, and that butter is a "sometimes" food.

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on February 15, 2013
at 12:34 AM

That might be helpful if I butchered my own meat. Not exactly what I was looking for, but thanks anyway.

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