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Paleo Summit

paleo summit

I apologize for being 7 days late posting this.  Things have been a bit busy for me lately and I haven’t even started watching these talks yet myself.

What is the Paleo Summit?  It is a 8 day event with 23 presentations put on by Sean Croxton of (one of my favourite podcasts).

Who is presenting at the Paleo Summit?  The list has all of  the experts in the nutrition and Paleo community:

  • Mark Sisson
  • Dr. Jack Kruse MD
  • Sarah Fragoso
  • Erwan Le Corre
  • Paul Jaminet, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Thomas O’Bryan
  • Matt Stone
  • Nora Gedgaudas
  • Mat Lalonde, Ph.D.
  • Amy Kubal, RD
  • Denise Minger
  • Chris Kresser
  • Reed Davis
  • Paul Chek
  • Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
  • Dr. Allison Siebecker
  • Dr. Catherine Shanahan MD
  • Keith Norris
  • Dr. Daniel Chong
  • Jimmy Moore
  • Stephanie Greunke, RD
  • Dean Dwyer

When is it?  The talks are free for 24 hours the day they run from last week, February 26th to tomorrow March 4th.  The good news is that you will be able to upgrade and get all of the talks plus a ton of bonuses for $67.  No I did not wait until now to tell you because of the affiliate link for the upgrade, I even have to pay the $67 myself 😦

But the bonuses are real bonuses, not just normal ebook marketing upsells.  You get the Whole9 Success Guide which is usually $39 at  The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need by Paul Check, usually $24.95.  The Underground Cookbook which is an upsell of the Dark Side of Fat Loss which cost $39.  The Practical Paleo Guide by Diane from  And a few other upsell bonuses that are pretty useful.  A bonus video interview with Dr. Cate Shanahan, transcripts, and access to the audio and video files.

Is it worth it?  Well I am buying it so I think it is.  I wanted to buy some of these bonuses already any way so to me it is a really good deal.  I still have not bought the Dark Side of Fat Loss, which I will soon and review for everyone.  I have a feeling that it will be one of the best resources that has theory and practical information.



Tim Ferris New Book: 4-Hour Chef Now on Pre-Order

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The 4-Hour Body and the Slow Carb Diet have changed a lot of people’s lives, just like Tim’s first book the 4-Hour Work Week.  His next book is a great follow up to the 4-Hour Body and is titled The 4-Hour Chef.

I don’t think this book will be as life changing as the first two, but for all you ladies out there who can’t get their significant other into the kitchen to cook, this is the book to that will change that.

The book is no on pre-order here but the best part is Tim is personally answer questions to promote his new book, just scroll down on the pre-order page to the ‘More About The Author’ section.

Here is a YouTube videos that Tim has already publish to get the marketing for the book started.

Are you going to pre-order the book?  Do you think it is a good topic that Tim choose for this book?  Do you think it will be a NYT best seller like the rest?  Think having amazon be the publisher is a good idea?  Let us know what you think.

Book Review: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

And some drama in the Paleo community

What a good time to do a book review of Gary Taubes “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it”.  For those of you in the 4 Hour Body community that don’t keep up with the Paleo community I will explain.  There was recently a conference at UCLA the Ancestral Health Symposium.  This was were many of the big names in the Paleo scientific community got together and gave various talks on research that they do.  One of the talks was by Stephan Guyenet.  His ideas on obesity are mostly related to reward and lepin, which is a very brief description.  After his talk he had a question and answer session where Gary Taubes came to the podium and tried to debunk Guyenet’s whole hypothesis.  This would be all fine if he wasn’t such a dick about it.

Since then Guyenet has made a couple related posts and other people in Paleo land have as well.  This also reminded me to consider opposing views when reading thing like Tabues book.  After reading the book I thought I had it all figured out and was as arrogant in my knowledge as Tabues was.  Maybe it rubbed off on me.  Now I know better.

Review of the book

I do recommend reading the book.  If you read it after reading my post you will take it all with a grain of salt but that is good.  The book is basically a dumbed down summary of his first book “Good Calories Bad Calories”.  Where GCBC was written for doctors and the scientific community WWGF was written for laymen like me and you.

A good chunk of the book discuss the history of obesity research.  This data he discusses is very intriguing and the fact that the medical community suddenly started to dismiss is for the last 30-40 years is disappointing.  He discusses many examples of communities over the last 100 years or so that had a problem with obesity.  This was before there was fast food, before there was HFC, before there was trans fat, and before a lot of the things that we tend to blame obesity on these days.  These communities where active, malnourished, and fat.  WTF?  That throws a bit of a wrench into the whole caloric deficit camp eh?

Taubes uses a few examples to debunk calories in calories out.  He does not try to dispute the 1st law of thermodynamics but explains that people often misues it and do not understand the details of it.  Those of us on slow carb (and Paleo) know calories in calories out is not an absolute truth from experience.  Specific examples he gives of calories in calories out is a study done on exercise and weight using marathon runners stating that even they gain weight over a period of time no matter how much running was done.

Changes in running distance were inversely related to changes in men’s and women’s body mass indices (BMIs)

His next example is the 20 calories a day theory that adds 2 lbs per year.  Simple math, but 20 calories over our daily expenditure is minimal.  His argument for this point is a bit of a reach though and doesn’t take into account a million different variables.

He then begins to discuss his hypothesis that the energy we exert is dictated by our diet and body fat, not the other way around.  He uses some animal examples to try and make his point here, and while I do agree with his hypothesis, I think his argument is missing some vital details.

One thing that Taubes touches on briefly is what happens during pregnancy, and early childhood.  I think this may be a pretty big issue.  My parents were pretty lean when they had me, and I am sure a lot of you have pictures of you parents when they were younger and 30-50 lbs lighter too.  I was also a very active kid, I played every sport you could imagine and still play a couple to keep active and be social.  For those of you that have parents that where obese during pregnancy, and where not as active as kids there is probably a big difference between you and me in terms of fat loss.

There are many other details that he covers and logic that he uses to prove his point is speculative but does make sense.  There are many people opposed to what Taubes says for different reasons.  Some are from the low-fat/calories in calories out camp, others debate Taubes emphasis on carbohydrates and insulin (such as Guyenet).   I was recently reminded of the dumb ass that did the Twinkie diet and lost weight.  This is suppose to somehow prove that calories in calories out matter, although the calorie calculations do not add up.  Stephan Guyenet actually has a blog post discussing this.  The ironic thing is that the first 1/2 of the post describes things the same way Tabues does, right up until the word leptin.

So what or who do we believe, everyone seems to have different opinions and Guyenet actaullys says “The mechanism by which this occurs is not totally clear, but it has nothing to do with removing the supposed suppressive effect of insulin on fat release from fat cells.” I do know from personal experience going slow carb to Paleo to really low carb I cut quite a bit of fat each time I lowered my carb intake.  Something I also finding myself say regularly on forms etc is that calories in calories out matter, but there the current methods to calculate them are so inaccurate they are useless.  One last thing to remember from Robb Wolf’s book (The Paleo Solution) is that there is no such thing as a essential carbohydrate, we can easily break down fat or protein in to glucose for energy, so we are engineered to not eat need carbs.

Here are videos from the Ancestral Health Symposium.

Here is the video of Taubes and Guyenet.

Update: Here is a decent study on exercise and fat loss which I have talked about a couple times before.  Sample size was 1847 which is pretty good.

Conclusion: Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise programs of 6-12 months induce a modest reduction in weight and waist circumference in overweight and obese populations. Our results show that isolated aerobic exercise is not an effective weight loss therapy in these patients. Isolated aerobic exercise provides modest benefits to blood pressure and lipid levels and may still be an effective weight loss therapy in conjunction with diets.

Getting “Buy-In” From The People Around You

If you are single and live on your own I apologize as this post does not really apply to you.

Getting to 100% compliance requires the people around you to be on board as well. Whether it is Paleo or Slow Carb or any other way of eating that is different then what you are currently doing.

In my house I do little shopping or cooking, I do make breakfast a lot these days but that is only 1/3 of the meals. My amazing wife is home on maternity leave with our now 8 month old son. She is a foodie, loves to cook and is a very good cook. She also pretty good when it comes to nutrition, even though that is traditional government food agency nutrition. Now that I have learned what real nutrition is getting her to buy in to that has been tough but I have been successful.  Without her help I would not have has the fat loss success that I have had.  Here are some things that you can do to get the people around you to buy in.

  1. Do some cooking. If you are not the person that normally cooks, take some initiative and cook dinner a few times a week. Make grain free meals that taste good so everyone around you can see how good it they can be.  Brian at posted a whole article on this here.
  2. Do some grocery shopping. Grab some non traditional food items to cook with, coconut milk, almond flour, sweet potatoes, etc. When people ask it gives you an opportunity to explain what you are doing.
  3. Give them something quick and easy to read. Showing examples of people that have “cured” aliments or lost a lot of weight can be encouraging. If the person is technical and likes to geek out on the science send them some more technical articles. If they like books I recommend Sarah Fragoso’s book “Everyday Paleo“.  It is an very easy read and contains a short summary and lots of practical info and recipes.
  4. Here are some good resources from whole9life

Do you have a spouse that has bought in and helped you as much as mine has?  Leave a comment and let us know how you did it.

4 Hour Body Mentoring

A little motivation can go along way

Trying to get started on the 4 Hour Body or any other diet and fitness plan?  Not sure where to start or what to eat or how often to exercise?  Wish you could ask someone questions?  Need a little extra push for motivation?

After months of research and experimenting on myself I am excited to begin offering free mentoring to the first 3 people that sign up.  Mentoring will done via email, instant messenger and skype.  This will include helping with meal plans, work out schedules and supplement advice. All for free.

Please leave a comment on my Help page


Diet Soda … Good, Bad or Deadly?

Some interesting facts on artificial sugars

Articles: What Diet Sodas and Artifical Sweeteners do to your Abs.

After reading many other 4 Hour Body blogs there seems to be a similar trend on many of them, the addiction to diet soda.  Even Tim mentions in the book that his is a total Diet Coke “whore”.  Personally I have never liked diet soda and after all the controversay surrounding the safety of artificial sugars I personally stay as far away from the stuff as I can.

Tim even mentions his negative opinions on artificial sugars in the book saying to limit diest soft drinks to no more than 16 ounces per day if you can, as the aspartame can stimulate weight gain (Page 74).  And has a whole section on page 98 about Overconsumig Artificial Sweeteners, in which he states that anything over 16 ounces per day affects fat loss.

There have been many studies, Aspartame being the most widely studied of them all, and still there is no definitive answer whether it is safe and healthy or not.  My question is would it be better to drink regular soda or diet soda?  Searching the internet for a study comparing the two turned up a vast amount of contradictory information.

Lets break it down.  Regular soda has high amounts of sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup.   The health concerns with this are obesity and tooth decay.

Diet soda contains one or more of Aspartame, Cyclamates, Saccharin, Sucralose and acesulfame potassium.  The health concerns with these are varied and conflicting between sources.  Some studies claim that diet soda causes weight gain, other have links to cancer (which I did not link to because I did not find a credible one), one to fibromyalgia, and if you do a search on PubMed you will see over 100 papers on just Aspartame.  There are also many people out there that believe artificial sweeteners are the devil, and have some decent facts to back it up (the list of side affects reported is scary).

While the real answer is drink water (lots of water), that is not the purpose of this article.  Personally the fact that there have been so many studies on artificial sweeteners and there still is not definitive answer scares the shit out of me, and makes me think conspiracy (yes I have my tin foil hat on).  This along with the fact that I find the taste of real soda better, I will still drink regular soda and not diet soda.  Living in Canada I am lucky that regular soda does not containg high fructose corn syrup like soda in the US, just regular old refined sugar.

So do you drink soda?  Do you prefer diet or regular soda?  Agree or disagree leave a comment and let me know.

Related Reading

Asian parenting 101 [off topic]

So the recent article on the WSJ by Amy Chua titled Why Chinese Mothers Are superior has gotten so much buzz (and uproar) around the internet that TechCrunch has an article about it Why American Mothers are Superior.  Myself being half Japanese (my Dad’s side) and my wife being Chinese found this article partially true but with very strong humorous undertones.  Yet it seems like every Caucasian person took offense to it.  Chua even responds here that “much of my book is tongue-in-cheek, making fun of myself”.

So now that I am a proud Dad of a 3 month old boy, what is my take on Chua’s article?  Spend the time with your kids, period.  This is something that I grew up with, and I think is really lacking in North America these days.

To expand on that there was a video I saw recently of an interview Richard Feynman discussing how his Dad raised him here and I will make sure I “Know the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

My goals as a parent are to expose my kids to as much as I can, sports, dance, everything.  Hoping that they find something they are passionate about early and get their 10,000 hours in as soon as possible.