Title: The Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution
Author: Dr. Mark Liponis
Publisher: Hay House
How I Read It: Kindle edition purchased by me
Synopsis: Americans are overweight, and they’re getting heavier. Other than wanting to perform invasive surgical procedures, most doctors offer little help. Their advice is usually “Eat less, exercise more,” which falls back on the outdated dogma of calories in/calories out. Medical research on dieting is confusing and often contradictory. Not only are physicians unsure about which weight-loss plan is best, but their patients are, too!
It has become an “every one for him- or herself” situation, where we’re forced to experiment, hoping to hit on the magic weight-loss formula by chance . . . and the increasing number of fad diets makes our odds of picking the right weight-loss plan even less likely. Why can’t the medical industry make sense of the overload of information and give us sound advice that actually enables people to lose weight and improve their health?
Fortunately, recent studies have shined a new light on the subject and may finally help us understand a successful way to diet. This research proves what many men and women have learned through trial and error: some do better on a low-carb diet, and others do better on a low-fat diet. This is because some people have the metabolism of a hunter, while others have the metabolism of a farmer.
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Mark Liponis, a leading expert in preventive and integrative medicine, will show you how to determine which type you are so that you can lose weight and improve your health at the same time.
Once you know your type, you’ll be on the road to successful weight loss and greater health and well-being!
*Synopsis taken from Goodreads
My Review: I’m not a huge fan of diets, especially dieting books, because I don’t believe there’s a magic solution to weight loss. Furthermore, I’m a thin person and I always have been, so I usually look to diet advice as more of a stay healthy kind of thing, rather than to lose weight. As a result, I don’t typically pay a whole lot of attention to whatever diet craze is going on at the time, and I admittedly have never read an entire diet related book.
I learned about the Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution while listening to the radio one day, and it was completely by accident as the program I listen to on the way to work in the morning just happened to have Dr. Liponis on. As they were talking about the book and his strategy, I realized I was actually paying attention and what he said was making a lot of sense. It’s a diet recommendation for sure, but instead of just saying “don’t eat this or that”, it’s more tailored to what works best for you as an individual and your body type.
The premise of his theory is that in the earlier phases of human evolution, there were essentially two ways that people got food: you belonged to a nomadic people who got most of their food from hunting it; or you were the branch of humans that began settling and would farm your food. Our body types and eating styles have retained a lot from that time period…if your ancestors were hunters, your body is cool with eating a large meal once a day and doesn’t need a whole lot beyond that. This idea is sprung from the fact that if you were a hunter, you weren’t sure when you’d get your next meal, it was all based on when you and your people had a successful hunt. Your body adapted to the fact that you weren’t eating consistently, and the end result is that the hunter types of this day and age don’t need to eat as often, and use a diet higher in fat, lower in carbs.
I fall into the other side of the scale, with a farmer body type. My diet is better when it’s higher in carbs and lower in fat, and I eat more frequently. The book goes through several ways you can help identify which type you are, although it recommends a blood test to be sure. In my case, I already had my suspicions based on my existing eating habits, but if you read this and you aren’t sure, definitely go get some tests done.
I learned ages ago that I personally do better if I eat every couple of hours, and after listening to the radio interview, I figured I was probably a farmer type. However, knowing that is only half the battle, so I needed some guidance for how to go about eating more correctly based on that knowledge. The book gives you recipes, a table of foods you should eat more or less of, and suggestions for what you should eat when, all designed to help you get into better eating habits and a healthier lifestyle. I didn’t consider any of the suggestions for either body type to be outrageous or impossible, it just takes effort, like anything else in life.
This is a book I’m sure I will read every once in awhile just to help remind myself of what I should be doing. I’ve already made some changes based on the suggestions, primarily making sure that I eat mostly whole grains whenever possible, and I definitely think that the changes I have made have proved to be solid.
Read this book if: I really learned a lot from this book, and I think anyone interested in improving their diet or eating habits should pick it up. It makes a lot of sense!
My Rating: 4/5 – Borderline amazing!