In addition to the content that we have (and are continuing to add) here on our site, there are a wealth of great resources out there… but it can be difficult to separate the good science from bad, and the healthy from the crazy. Here are the ones that GeekFit recommends. Please keep in mind that we’re not endorsing 100% of everything here– there are small (and sometimes large) differences between all these sources, and I’m sure most of them would have some differences with us as well. Looking at the similarities and differences and asking how and why we have the theories we do is the way to test all of our beliefs and separate the well-founded from the hypothetical. Don’t just take anyone’s word on it; and don’t believe everything you hear, even with all of these great resources.
Our own current blog reading list continues to grow. Lowell has been using Google Reader for a while, and loving it. If you would like to keep an eye on any links he’s sharing, you can check them out here, or you can even get an atom feed of the shared links for reuse elsewhere.
One of the best “What do I do” guides is the Getting Started Guide from PaNu. The guidelines are loosely stack ranked from most impactful to least, so doing just #1, or 1-4, gets you the most bang for your buck. We like every one of the recommendations except for the the last—avoiding all dairy. Even PaNu calls this “orthodox paleo” and doesn’t particularly endorse it. It’s a big topic, but our research has generally found that dairy is more likely to fall in an acceptable category, and in particular unpasteurized and unhomogenized full-fat dairy from traditional species (particularly Jersey and Guernsey… not so much Holstein) is quite healthy and fine.
Quick Online Videos and Articles
- Fat Head excerpt “Why You Got Fat”
- Fat Head excerpt “Big Fat Lies”
- Paleo in a nutshell Part I: Food
- Entropy Production blog’s review of Good Calories, Bad Calories
- Fat Head documentary trailer
- PaNu: one of the best out there
- Dr. Eades: generally gets the science spot on and has a good writing style, occasionally errs on the side of nutritionalism and dietary micromanagement, but still one of the best.
- Mark’s Daily Apple: they have some of the more comprehensive “Primal Blueprint 101” sections to check out. Occasionally we’ve seen conventional wisdom slip in here and there more recently, but the majority of the info is excellent. Also has a tendency to romanticize paleolithic life somewhat– but still largely spot-on.
- Other Blogs in alphabetical order:
- Body By Science
- Conditioning Research
- Fat Head Blog
- Free the Animal: strong opinions and harsh language, but if you don’t mind the style (and many love it) Richard is a prolific and high-quality blogger.
- Health Man Blog
- Heart Scan Blog
- Slow Burn Fitness
- Whole Health Source
- Zeroing in on Health
Fat Head (DVD on Amazon, website): A low budget and pretty funny documentary movie on obesity, weight loss, and health we strongly recommend. It’s a great way to get a partial overview in 90 minutes– it covers the short version of how the endocrine system controls weight, how food affects hormones, and where the lipid hypothesis came from and why it isn’t working.
We strongly recommend the movie– and at only 1.5 hours it’s a very quick way to get started.
Each author has their own different perspective and often there’s aspects of each approach you have to look past a bit (the veggie myth author is a bit on the revolutionary activist side, the primal blueprint author can wax a bit poetic about cavemen, and GCBC can put some people to sleep with too much info), but they’re all phenomenal books and largely spot on. Check out our full Amazon Book List for others; here are our top choices:
- Primal Blueprint: our personal favorite overall for simplicity and comprehensiveness of material and approach, a bit caveman-renactment-y, but great recommendations, except for the dairy recommendation which I disagree with. The exercise approach is sound, if somewhat inefficient.
- Paleo Solution: lots of overlap with the Primal Blueprint, but similarly excellent. Author Robb Wolf approaches the material in the same easy and direct manner, but comes from a more scientific background than Mark Sisson does. Robb takes a bit more of a “Paleo Orthodox” view of things, but in the end I really can’t find anything that comes closer to a comprehensive summary of what’s wrong, what’s right, and what to do about it than this one.
- Real Food: What to Eat and Why: a different approach than #1, it starts from a personal story and moves to talking about things from general food type to type.
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health: it’s not an easy read for some, and it is definitely not a “How-To” guide. It is the absolutely best look at why we believe what we do about obesity and heart disease, where we went wrong, and what the evidence actually does support.
- Or, Gary Taubes’ new (much shorter) book, Why We Get Fat. It leaves out most of the heart disease and non-weight related material from Good Calories, Bad Calories and focuses entirely on weight gain and loss (basically, a short version of Part III from GC/BC).
- The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability: tons of great info for non-vegetarians and vegetarians both about misconceptions about veggie vs. meat consumption from all angles, political, ecological, nutritional, moral, ethical, historical– the author gets over the top a good amount, but it’s a fascinating book… highly controversial, but highly recommended. If you care about the moral, ethical or environmental aspects of your dietary choices it is a must-read.
- Body by Science: our favorite exercise & health book. If you want to understand the difference between physical activity and actual exercise, and how being active can help you be healthy– or unhealthy– this is where to start.
- The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution: another great exercise & health read.