Say Good-Bye To One-Size-Fits-All Diets

Wired To Eat, by Robb Wolf

Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You

Robb Wolf, a biochemist and health expert, is the author of the bestselling The Paleo Solution. Let me state immediately: This is not an approach for vegetarians or for semi-vegetarians.

Wolf emphasizes that we are genetically wired to eat more and move less, exactly the opposite of what we need to do to maintain our health – and a healthy weight. Phases One and Two of the plan are used to determine how to successfully go up against our genetics.

In Phase One, you discover where you are on the insulin resistance spectrum. For 30 days, you eat 3x/day. Snacks, if needed, are beef jerky, fruit, veggies, and a small handful of nuts. Each meal is made up of lean protein, fiber (from the carbs you are eating), appropriate carb content (75-150g from fruits, veggies, and roots – no grains), and enough healthy fat to make food tasty. Protein and fiber are at the crux of this plan because of their proven satiety effects.

(Wolf provides food lists to support menus, and suggests taking one day weekly to prepare food in advance. He also gives recommendations for people with autoimmune disorders.)

During Phase 2, the 7-Day Carb Test, the deep carb foods are tested. Examples are rice and beans and fruits like mangos and bananas. Monitoring blood sugar levels reveals optimal carb intake. You are looking for a per meal carb load that works to keep your metabolism optimal and to maintain your own healthy weight

In Phase Three, Robb reminds you to continue to eat as you did during the 30 days while integrating the heavier carbs that keep your body happy. In the final chapter he discusses the use of therapeutic ketosis and fasting.

Siri Says: Personally, I would need a lot of support to complete the first 40 days of this program. On the plus side, Robb reminds us more than once of the importance of a good night’s sleep. He warns that we can effectively block the weight loss process simply by not getting sufficient sleep every night.
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