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The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy



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The Primal Blueprint is a simple, flexible plan to help you look and feel your best without struggling or suffering, by adapting the simple lifestyle practices of our hunter-gatherer ancestors into modern life. Sisson presents the compelling premise that you can reprogram your genes in the direction of weight loss, health, and longevity by following 10 immutable Primal Blueprint lifestyle laws validated by two million years of human evolution. Weight loss is largely about insulin; moderate your production by eliminating sugar and grains, and you will lose the excess body fat you desire even while eating delicious, satisfying foods. Plus you will improve your energy level, reduce inflammation, and eliminate disease risk. Eating meat, eggs, and a generally high-fat diet not only is healthy but is the key to effortless weight loss, a healthy immune system, and boundless energy.Slowing down your typical cardiovascular workouts, and incorporating brief, intense strength sessions and occasional all-out sprints can produce fitness benefits far superior to workouts that are longer and more grueling-and can eliminate the risk of burnout.

Author Biography

Mark Sisson is the founder and publisher of, the leading primal/paleo blog on the Internet. His 2009 release of the Primal Blueprint in hardcover sold through six printings (130,000+) copies, while his 2011 companion guidebook, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation, climbed to #1 on's Exercise Fitness and Diet Weight Loss lists in it's initial week of release (Oct 2011). Mark is a former world-class marathoner and Ironman triath-lete. He holds a B.A. from Williams College in Biology, was a liaison to the International Olympic Committee representing the sport of triathlon, and is founder and CEO of Primal Nutrition, Inc., a Malibu, CA, nutrition and publishing operation. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars across North America and hosts an annual three-day Primal retreat in California. He lives in Malibu, CA with his wife Carrie and two children.

Table of Contents

Disclaimerp. iv
Welcome from Markp. v
Primal Blueprint Paperback Additionsp. xiii
Introduction: What Is Going On Here?p. 1
The Ten Primal Blueprint Laws ("Commandments" Was Already Taken)p. 13
Grok and Korg. From Indigenous to Digital: One Giant Step (Backward) for Mankindp. 37
The Primal Blueprint Eating Philosophy. "Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?"p. 65
Primal Blueprint Law #1: Eat Plants and Animals (Insects Optional)p. 115
Primal Blueprint Law #2: Avoid Poisonous Things. "Drop Your Fork and Step Away from the Plate!"p. 161
The Primal Blueprint Exercise Laws. Move, Lift, and Sprint-Exciting New Low-Tech Fitness Fads!p. 179
The Primal Blueprint Lifestyle Laws. If You Don't Snooze, You Losep. 213
A Primal Approach to Weight Loss. "Meet Ya' at the Sweet Spot!"p. 235
Conclusion. Time to Party like a Grok Star!p. 269
Primal Approved and Avoidp. 286
Bonus Material: Common stumbling blocks, Primal Blueprint laws hacks, strength workout suggestions, sprint workout suggestions, diets and dieting, Internetresourcesp. 291
Indexp. 316
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