Wired to Eat

By Robb Wolf

The author, a former research biochemist, starts with this premise: we are genetically wired to eat more. In centuries past, that was a good fit for our lifestyle. Now, not so much.

Here, he offers a plan to rewire your appetite for weight loss, with a four-pronged approach. He also puts forth a plan to help you test and determine the optimal foods for your diet and metabolism. First a 30-day reset, followed by a “7-day carb test” to determine how your body responds to various carb-heavy foods. Which might mean that some can go back on your menu!

The last third of the book includes recipes, meal plans, and shopping lists.

And despite being a scientist, the author has a fun, easy-to-read style. He’s the only Paleo writer I’ve encountered who’s like, “hey, this isn’t a religion; let’s figure out where we can be flexible.” (A warning for my delicate-eared readers: the author very occasionally uses a four-letter word.)

Favorite quotes:

If you don’t want to get into street fights, don’t go to biker bars. If you don’t want to be tempted by junk food, don’t have it in the house.

[It’s] quite liberating once we get a sense of what foods work for us; we do not need to stress about how much or when we eat.

The Paleo diet is more misunderstood than a Goth kid living in Arkansas.

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