The Primal Blueprint

By Mark Sisson

The Primal Blueprint

Assembling your own framework from which ALL health and lifestyle decisions must be made, is not easy. However, to get a start, read The Primal Blueprint. Mark Sisson's philosophy (backed by science) makes perfect sense.

Our highly industrialized food supply is the cause of many of our modern ailments. Accept or deny it. However, before denying it, READ THE BOOK and then decide. Ask yourself why there is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes? Why are most people over 35 on some kind of medication? Why are you even considering reading this? What are your health issues? Mark Sisson puts forth convincing arguments and strategies that are easy to appreciate and follow. 

Mark gives a detailed account of how our bodies react to carbohydrates, fat and proteins. His recommendations challenge conventional wisdom and provide a fresh new look at the USDA dietary principles. Follow his advice and you will be surprised at the improvement of your health, while not going hungry or missing any of the foods you thought you would  never give up, still shedding the pounds. The Primal Blueprint lifestyle can be maintained permanently, once you understand and embrace it. It is about changing your life, for the rest of your life.

In his refreshing, humorous writing style, Mark will let the light bulbs turn on in your brain. He just makes perfect sense from beginning to end and is incredibly easy to understand. Among others, he explains the use and effects of insulin and an excellent detailing of cholesterol.   

A nice balance for real-life is Mark's 80/20 rule. The basic principle is to eat good food, without calorie counting or being concerned about precise ratios. It will be a revelation when you discover how addicted you are to unhealthy substances that this lifestyle does not allow. It might take a week or so to overcome your "addictions" but know that once you break free, they lose their allure. Maybe hard, but much easier than calorie counting and the result will be that you will feel better than ever, getting and maintaining your ideal weight and health.   

The approach to exercise is sensible and realistic. Yes, you do need to exercise, but you shouldn't kill yourself doing it. Mark's technique will work for almost anyone of any fitness level, a good place for a very out-of-shape person to start. With his plan, you can create realistic long-term habits that will vastly improve your health without major sacrifice.

The Primal Blueprint is a basic framework of diet, exercise and lifestyle guidance. It is not a regimented program, rather something that appeals to your common sense and pleasure-seeking human nature. Mark Sisson reminds us of the fundamentals of health that seems to be forgotten or misinterpreted in the modern world. 

In your quest to define your own plan for your own optimal health, this book will help to lay a solid foundation for your future nutrition and lifestyle decisions.

The book you don't read won't help

Chapters in The Primal Blueprint

  1. The Ten Primal Blueprint Laws. ("Commandments" Was Already Taken)
  2. Grok and Korg. From Indigenous to Digital: One Giant Step (Backward) for Mankind
  3. The Primal Blueprint Eating Philosophy. "Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat?"
  4. Primal Blueprint Law #1: Eat Plants and Animals (Insects Optional)
  5. Primal Blueprint Law #2: Avoid Poisonous Things. "Drop Your Fork and Step Away from the Plate!"
  6. The Primal Blueprint Exercise Laws. Move, Lift, and Sprint -- Exciting New Low-Tech Fitness Fads
  7. The Primal Blueprint Lifestyle Laws. If You Don't Snooze, You Lose
  8. A Primal Approach to Weight Loss. Meet Ya' at the Sweet Spot!
  9. Conclusion. Time to Party like a Grok Star!
  10. Primal Approved and Avoid - At a Glance
  11. Bonus Material. Primal Blueprint Common Stumbling Blocks and Quick Tips

About the Author

Mark SissonMark Sisson

Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded books, and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog,, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. From its humble - and controversial - beginnings in 2006, Mark's Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health information resources on the Internet, with some 3 million unique visitors each month.

Mark, 62, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships to his credit.

Empowering people

Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico from 2010-2014. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children.

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