Well, I do know what to say. I do not want to argue that Paleo is the best diet, because there are always issues with diets excluding whole groups of nutrients, but the point is what the guy is proposing instead... Just go full-power with carbo (including white sugar), salt, avoid intensive physical activity, be obese (he writes straight that being obese is healthier than being lean, calling it a conspiracy theory of fitness industry to promote lean bodies - in this case he probably is a part of the conspiracy theory of fast foods and soda producers) and, on top, staying dehydrated (yes, he suggest that overhydration is a common problem - while I tend to ask the question what percent of obese couch-potatos eating sugar and salty chips in front of their TVs are really overhydrated) . And literally a half of this book are just rewritten mails of people (usually with history of earlier eating disorders) describing their own issues with Paleo. I personally do not buy into that, even if I am not really supporting Paleo.
multiple problems with "research" and links provided throughout the book. Off-hand the worst of the travesties are his ill attempts at what Mr. Stone thinks Intermittent Fasting is, utilizing data that is NOT intermittent fasting. Q: Where did you get that information? A: "The Internet"
Another great read from Matt Stone. I've done the Paleo thing in the past, progressively getting stricter and stricter in the hope that I would feel as awesome as the diet promised, and experience that 'effortless weight loss' that Primal promised. Also, the Paleo community can be very convincing in the 'science' that they represent - even as a scientist myself. Matt Stone thoroughly debunks and explains all the arguments, leaving me in no doubt that stopping the Paleo diet was one of the best things I ever did.
I went Paleo for two months, initially to figure out a food sensitivity, and then because I discovered I had become sensitive to all non-Paleo foods and would gain several pounds if I ate a small amount of them. This book explains why that happened. Stone takes Paleo's core beliefs and views them through the lens of metabolic function. Compared to Eat for Heat, I found this book to be far less scientific and more brief (which I appreciate). He still gives some guidance at the end on how to begin improving your metabolism, and by putting that advice into practice, I have already seen about half a degree increase in my waking temperature in just a few days' time. One of my favorite sections in this book talks about the body composition of our hunter-gatherer ancestors compared to modern advocates of the Paleo diet. I have an anthropology background and have seen many, many photos and videos of isolated societies, and Stone is right - they don't look like elite athletes. It's something I had always wondered about when pondering the merits of a Paleo diet, and this book helped me understand the disconnect. If you're on a Paleo diet and not feeling better, this book is a must-read. Let go of the dogma and eat the food.
I had recently gone on a paleo diet because I was told that it was the only solution for someone with autoimmune thyroid disease. I ended up fatigued and in the ER with chest pain. Then I read "Paleo Myths". Turns out that paleo is the worst thing I could do to my thyroid. This was so interesting and as I was reading I was nodding along because I had wondered about certain paleo assumptions...like an agricultural diet causing infertility? After the advent of agriculture there was a population explosion! I needed this book and highly recommend it!
He needs to prove what he is saying with scientific evidence, not just by sharing his opinion. I read his other book called "Eat for Heat"; I tried what he said and my metabolism got crappy again (I gained a ton of weight) from just eating junk food. You need whole foods to be healthy. I recommend the book "Forever Fat Loss" by Ari Whitten.
Thank you Matt Stone! Too many wander lost in the low carb/ low carb Paleo wilderness, driven deeper and deeper by their ever increasing symptoms. I have been eating a VLC/ SCD/ Paleo diet for years, only to develop severe adrenal fatigue ( especially when coupled with exercise and intermittent fasting, the Paleo love child.) Low body temperature, a dependence on ever increasing doses of thyroid medication etc. Luckily there are some voices of reason, like Paul Jaminet, Anthony Colpo and Matt Stone who remind us that most people probably don't do their best, and many even wreck their health, on a VLC/low carb diet such as Paleo/primal. A million thanks for helping me feel better. My adrenal glands say hi! They are so much happier now that I'm not getting shaky from subsisting on meat, fat and veggies and from following Matt's advice on carbs, relaxing around the topic of food and not making eating a walk on a narrow tight-rope.
The missing 5th star is for the lack of references. Matts "I've read the books so you don't have to" style is accessible and practical, and I suspect that he's at least in part under-referencing in order to help people stop eating with their heads, and the results do speak for themselves. But many people following a strict Paleo diet have been seduced by the cherry-picked scientific references by many Paleo authors, and it may take a dose of the same medicine to help them broaden their perspective. All in all, this book is a godsend for so many people. Thanks again to Matt, the (funny) Voice of Reason.
I understand that Paleo isn't for everyone - I haven't even finished figuring out if it is for me. But it is for some people the answer to the question of what is wrong with them and why the medical community can't fix it.
I thought this book was going to be about fine tuning - "if you went Paleo and then this still troubled you, do this" and so I was excited. It is a hater book, full of slang and without scientific references.
The truth is that there isn't any one answer to how to eat healthy - you have to figure it out for yourself. This book will not help you do that.