After reading “The Primal Blueprint: 21 Day Total Body Transformation: A Complete, Step-By-Step, Gene Reprogramming Action Plan” by Mark Sisson I’m not ready to go primal. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this book, even though it seems to be working for Sisson. However, I’m glad I read it, and I recommend it, because I’m a firm believer in what Jim Rohn used to say. Don’t just read one book on fitness and follow it. Read several viewpoints and find what works best for you.
I like reading different books on health and fitness for different reasons. First, continual reading of such books helps keep me motivated to continue to work out and stay fit. It is inspiring to read about others and their fitness quests and accomplishments. Second, I always find at least one or two small things that might help me with my health and fitness goals. Even if I don’t follow a person’s entire program, there are often things that do help me with my personalized program. Third, it is good to stay up with the different information out there to be better informed and more knowledgeable regarding health and fitness in general.
This is a follow up plan to Sisson’s “Primal Blueprint” book. I did not read that book, but he gives the basics of his program here, so you can benefit from this book without the former. However, if you read the first book and want more, that is when this book would be especially beneficial to help you continue.
The first chapters outline the key concepts to Sisson’s primal fitness program. These chapters cover genes, burning fat, carbohydrates, body composition, grains, saturated fat, exercise, and attaining maximum fitness. I found the concepts interesting, and believe some of this would work for many people, but I’m not convinced that I want to go totally “primal.” I’m not going to give up grains, even though this has been a successful strategy for some. Other professionals advocate grains in a diet and I tend to follow that path. I do however agree with the concept of including high-intensity workouts into your routine for optimal fitness.
The next part of the book contains action items to help the reader incorporate the strategies into their lives, and then the last part has the 21 day challenge with journal pages to help you keep track of what you are dong and how it is working for you. I do think to follow this strictly as Sisson does would take a good bit of discipline. It does seem strict, even if Sisson says it is easy to follow.
There were small gems throughout the book. I really like the emphasis on playing and having fun. Being fit should enhance your life and allow you to enjoy more. I agree with this one hundred percent. I enjoyed reading this book, it motivated me some, and had some ideas to incorporate into my own health and fitness regime, even if not everything.
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