The Dark Side of Fat Loss

I must have said it 1,000 times as I read, “Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?”  Sean Croxton‘s The Dark Side of Fat Loss is the book everyone needs to read before they go down the yo-yo dieting, over exercising route of insanity that is the norm for so many people with fat loss goals.  Oh, the the time and tears that could be saved!

I’ve known Sean for a little while now, but I’ve followed his work from nearly the beginning.  Sean was the first guy that I ever knew of who posted regular YouTube videos with nutrition/health/lifestyle information.  He is one of the first guys I would call a leader in this paleo, primal, ancestral, or whatever movement that has taken the world by storm.

Sean didn’t ask me to write this review.  After seeing him a few months ago at Paleo FX, I realized, much to my own embarrassment, that I hadn’t read The Dark Side of Fat Loss.  My email to him a few weeks ago began with an apology for coming around so late, but Sean graciously sent me a copy and I dug in.

What a gem of a book this is!  Sean begins by dispelling the myths that are so ingrained into our society.  You know the ones: calories are the only thing that will ever matter, cardio and starvation is how you lose weight.  I sometimes wonder if we will ever really win this battle in my lifetime, but it’s great to know that there are guys like Sean Croxton out there in the trenches fighting this battle in the name of health and sustainable fat loss.

When you are done reading the first 3 chapters of this book, you will have an excellent understanding of why we gain unwanted fat and how a healthy body should work.  This information can set you free.  When you know what’s going on from a physiological and biochemical perspective, you can make smart decisions about how to get healthy instead of making silly decisions that lead to temporary weight loss and deleterious effects on your metabolism, among other things.

From there, Sean walks us through his guide to JERF (Just Eat Real Food), telling us how to make healthy food choices instead of eating according to the demands of your food scale.  I love how thorough he is in this section, starting all the way down at the soil in which our food and our food’s food grows.  He also gives us some basic guidelines to recognizing real food, he touches on the idea that real food is too expensive, and then he covers every category of food you might ask about when making major dietary changes.

Then he almost lost me.  Chapter 5 is Sean’s 30 day JERF challenge, and it’s probably no mystery to those of you who follow my work that I don’t love challenges.  But I have to admit that Sean has done a great job with his challenge by making it feel sort of like an exploration of what will work for you in the long run.  Most impressive indeed is his Body Language Log which we are encouraged to use as a way to track what we eat during the challenge, not so we can become neurotic about food, but so that we can make note of how we feel when we eat various foods.  Nutrition will never be a one-size-fits-all subject and the Body Language Log is a fantastic tool for getting to the bottom of what works for us as individuals.  To be perfectly honest, I wish I would have thought of it.

The remaining chapters delve into the other essential components of a healthy lifestyle and Sean has you well covered.  His chapter on stress is phenomenal, he breaks down sleep so that it can no longer be taken with a grain of salt, and his chapters on gut health and toxins are extremely informative.  However, as awesome as those chapter are, I am thoroughly impressed with Sean for including his Do It chapter and delving into a bit of the psychology behind making lifestyle changes in the name of improved health.  It frustrates me to know end that my industry is largely driven by people who are only giving the fitness and nutrition consumer a list of rules to follow without ever considering the psychological obstacles that cause most to fail.  However accurate our information may be if, it will all be irrelevant to most people if they can’t actually make the necessary changes.  Sean understands the importance of this stuff that sometimes sounds a little crazy.  He knows very well that major change attempts without the right perspective will usually end in failure.  I commend him for sharing his wisdom with you and not leaving this subject out.

If I haven’t convinced you that this book is well worth reading, just do me one favor.  Go to the book’s website and watch Sean’s video at the top of the page.  You will see his passion for what he does and I believe you will feel the need to learn more from him.  I’m anything but new to this stuff and even I learned plenty as I read this book.  If I’m wrong, come back to this post and give me a ration of what I deserve in the comments.  I think you will be happy that you took my advice.

Go forth and be awesome.

 

Your Personal Paleo Code – A Review

This review is a little late, but no less enthusiastic for its tardiness, so let me just cut to the chase.  Chris Kresser‘s book, Your Personal Paleo Code, is fantastic!  We had him on our podcast already, so please note that I absolutely did not feel any obligation to write this review.  I am writing it because I believe this book has the potential to help you in big ways.

I have to admit, when I heard Chris was writing a book, I thought to myself, “Chris is amazing, but what is he going to fill a whole book with that hasn’t been said already?”  My skepticism turned out to be completely unnecessary.  We desperately needed this book!

What makes Chris’ book so excellent is the fact that he has created a system that allows the reader to assess their own situation and customize their paleo game plan.  One of my major complaints about the paleo world of late is that “The Paleo Diet” is set into stone as a set of rules – don’t eat this, do eat that, miracles will happen – and it’s a crock of bull.  So many people are left frustrated when they don’t get the results they see in other people because there will never be such a thing as a one-size-fits-all path to health for everyone.  We all have different genetics, histories, and confounding variables in our lifestyles.  The paleo community at large is happy to help you believe that “The Paleo Diet” will work for you as is, and that anything that can be forcefully crammed into the “rules” of paleo is fair game for everyone.  This is horribly wrong.  Chris Kresser understands that, maybe better than anyone.

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Paleo Around the World: Italian Cuisine

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Finally, finally, it’s ready for pre-order! I’ve mentioned a few times about my Italian Cuisine book I’m working on that is based on our travels to Italy and I’m so excited to announce that it’s now available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released in July. This is the first in a series of International cookbooks, all made Paleo. Italy was our first stop and the food in this book is off the hook!!

Here it is, Paleo Around the World: Italian Cuisine!!

The Paleo Coach by Jason Seib

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“The Paleo Coach is not just another Paleo book—it’s a priceless tool that is absolutely essential for anyone striving to live the best life possible. The insight, advice, and lessons in this book could come only from someone like Jason, who has spent serious time deep in the trenches of the health-and-fitness industry. With his hands-on experience, understanding, and innumerable success stories, Jason reveals what it takes to look beyond the hype and focus on what really matters: your own personal path to health. Everyone should have a coach, and now everyone can. The Paleo Coach will change your life. Guaranteed.”—Sarah Fragoso, author of the national bestseller Everyday Paleo

“Everyone needs a coach. Yes, everyone! When your car is broken, you take it to a ‘car coach’ (aka mechanic). If your plumbing is backed up, you call a ‘pipe coach’ (some people call them plumbers). Whom do you go to if you want to improve how you look, feel, and perform? A Paleo coach. Like Jason Seib. In the same way that mechanics are experts in what ails cars (and, most important, how to fix those cars), Jason is an expert in all things nutrition and strength-and-conditioning. He has learned his craft through years of research, trial, error, and helping people. Whether your goal is weight loss, being a top-level athlete, or just regaining enough youthful vigor to chase the kids or grandkids, I’d like to introduce you to the man who will help you meet your goals: Meet your new Paleo coach, Jason Seib.”—Robb Wolf, author of the New York Times bestseller The Paleo Solution

“Let Jason Seib be the Paleo coach in your life to help you cut to the chase and get to the meat of the matter about becoming as optimally healthy as you can possibly be! His nuanced understanding of how to live like our hunter-gatherer ancestors in today’s world of iPads, the Internet, and American Idol is sorely needed. Other Paleo books may promise to help you lose X amount of weight in two weeks, but The Paleo Coach offers you much, much more. Jason realizes that it takes a dedicated commitment to implement a lifestyle change and homes in on key principles aimed at delivering big changes in your weight, health, and outlook on life.”—Jimmy Moore, LivinÆ La Vida Low-Carb Blog and Podcast

Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

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The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook offers guidance on how to bring your family together with the magic of real food. As modern life grows more hectic with each passing day, a part of living the paleo lifestyle is slowing down and enjoying the time we have with family and friends. This cookbook is intended to remind us of how precious these moments are, and that some of the fondest memories can be made while sitting at the dinner table with the ones we love. Savoring these moments, along with delicious and healthful food, is what life is all about.

Everyday Paleo

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In Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle and improving the health and longevity of your family. An active mother of three, Fragoso shows that eating Paleo is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life-changing. She offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common roadblocks, such as eating out. Finally, to keep your entire family fit and sane in the 21st century, she lays out easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do either in the gym or your own home. In Everyday Paleo, Fragoso shows you how to make Paleo your lifestyle, not just another fad diet.

Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship

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Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship
Piper, Phoenix and Parker are not ordinary children, they are super heroes that travel the land helping other children learn about living the healthiest, most exciting, most super lives possible. They are known as The Paleo Pals, and this is a story about how they help out Jimmy, a little boy who is not sure if eating paleo food is even one tiny bit exciting or super. Climb into the carrot rocket ship, travel to brilliant green farms, and live Jimmy’s exciting adventure with Piper, Phoenix and Parker