Wired to Eat

Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You
by Robb Wolf | Harmony © 2017 · 400 pages

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 is the that while there are general principles of nutrition that work for everyone AND... Ultimately we need to figure out what works best for us as individuals if we want to rock it. Big Ideas we explore include: the fact that one size diets do NOT fit all (remember: "rough" tools vs. precision tools), discordance theory (there's a mismatch between our genes and our environment!), an anti-inflammatory diet (aka Paleo aka Phase I), personalized nutrition (aka 7-Day Carb test aka Phase II), the other pillars of health (sleep, stress, move, connection), and genetic + environmental lotteries (what to do if you lost them--lol).

With Wired to Eat, I attempt to reach people with two key concepts: one, an understanding of the genetic and environmental factors, such as sleep, stress, hyperpalatable foods, and community, that make it easy for us to overeat; and two, the powerful tool of Personalized Nutrition.
Robb Wolf

“The Ancestral Health or Paleo diet model I talked about in my first book is incredibly powerful, but these concepts are tools and starting points, not final destinations. As you’ll soon learn, one size does not fit all, and that has never been more evident than now with the newest research on Personalized Nutrition. As you will discover in Wired to Eat, you now have the opportunity to go beyond general guidelines and find which foods, including which carbs, work best for you, regardless of your age, weight, or health status. And that’s what makes the plan in this book so unique. By the end of your journey, you will understand the genetic and epigenetic factors that govern how you are wired to eat, but perhaps more important, you will finally have a plan customized to your body to help you lose weight, regain your health, and live the life you want to live. No more guessing which foods are right for you. In a little more than thirty days, your life and health could be radically transformed for the better as you heal your gut and refine your personal eating plan.”

~ Robb Wolf from Wired to Eat

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 It Starts with Food 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 Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, and Brain Maker. Finally, we have Mark Sisson; we recently did a Note on his great book The Keto Reset Diet.

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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Robb Wolf

2x New York Times/WSJ best selling author.