Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and is one of the leading thinkers/writers/practitioners in the Paleo or Ancestral Health movement.
The essence of this book can best be summarized by looking at the front and back covers. First, the front cover tells us: “Say Good-bye to One-Size-Fits-All Diets with the 7-Day Carb Test.” Now flip over to the back cover where we find another blurb: “One month to reset your metabolism for lasting fat loss. One week to discover the carbs that are right for you.”
So… Two primary things. 1) There isn’t “one diet” that works for everyone. (Robb walks us through the science of “Personalized Nutrition” and how we can apply it to our lives via his 30-day reboot and then 7-day carb tests.) Yet… 2) There are some general things that apply to EVERYONE that we want to keep in mind. (Broken record: Refined carbs are evil. lol.)
While glancing at the back cover, we’ll also notice some testimonials by authors we’ve featured.
At the top we have Melissa Hartwig whose book is the most closely aligned with Robb’s. (That book, as I’ve mentioned before, is the one I read 6+ years ago when I ventured out of my low-fat vengangelical phase. See Notes for more.) Then we have a blurb from leading neurologist, David Perlmutter, MD—check out our Notes on , , and . Finally, we have Mark Sisson; we recently did a Note on his great book .
As always, nutrition discussions can elicit a near-religious fervor. Although I very much lean toward paying attention to carb intake if you have any insulin/weight/energy issues, I’m committed to avoiding dogmatism and currently see my job as sharing the Ideas I find very compelling/worthy of contemplation while personally running experiments on my body (and in our family) while encouraging you to consider doing the same.
With that, I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas and share some powerful distinctions we can apply to Optimizing our lives and our family’s lives today. So, let’s jump in!
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