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    newbie overwhelmed! Where do I start?!

    Hi, I'm about to embark on PBL but I'm so overwhelmed with the number of books, articles, information (here, at Amazon/bookstore, free versus paid, etc.) that I don't know where to begin. Can someone recommend the one or two essential reads/resources I should start with? I'm specifically wondering where and how I find out what I need for my calorie/protein intake, and other essential logistics. I'm a pretty fit and active athlete who's a decent eater but definitely needs some change. In particular, I feel like I've been in a health/nutrition/exercise rut for 6 years and I'm clawing my way out starting with PBL!
    Thanks for your help. I can't wait to begin this journey.
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    Here is where to start:

    Primal Blueprint 101 | Mark's Daily Apple


    One or two essential reads? Here is what's currently the best two to start with:

    Amazon.com: The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) (9780982207789): Mark Sisson: Books

    Amazon.com: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (9780982565841): Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain Ph.D.: Books


    Calorie/protein intake? For the protein intake see the formulae Mark gives in Primal Blueprint 101 (first link above).

    His standard recommendation is 0.7 g of protein for every pound of lean body mass. You can work out lean body mass roughly with a calculator, such as this one:

    Diet Calculator, Body Fat Calculator

    If you're doing very demanding activities Mark suggests upping that to 1 g per every pound of lean body mass.


    As for calories, don't worry too much: that should tend to sort itself out on a paleo/primal diet. You just "eat to satiety". If you're hungry you eat a little more; if you're not, don't force it down to meet an abstract number.

    You're an athlete? Your needs might be different from those of the average person. Possibly add this book, too:

    Amazon.com: The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance (9781594860898): Loren Cordain, Joe Friel: Books
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis View Post
    Here is where to start:

    Primal Blueprint 101 | Mark's Daily Apple


    One or two essential reads? Here is what's currently the best two to start with:

    Amazon.com: The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) (9780982207789): Mark Sisson: Books

    Amazon.com: The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (9780982565841): Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain Ph.D.: Books


    Calorie/protein intake? For the protein intake see the formulae Mark gives in Primal Blueprint 101 (first link above).

    His standard recommendation is 0.7 g of protein for every pound of lean body mass. You can work out lean body mass roughly with a calculator, such as this one:

    Diet Calculator, Body Fat Calculator

    If you're doing very demanding activities Mark suggests upping that to 1 g per every pound of lean body mass.


    As for calories, don't worry too much: that should tend to sort itself out on a paleo/primal diet. You just "eat to satiety". If you're hungry you eat a little more; if you're not, don't force it down to meet an abstract number.

    You're an athlete? Your needs might be different from those of the average person. Possibly add this book, too:

    Amazon.com: The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance (9781594860898): Loren Cordain, Joe Friel: Books
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    Thank you both! Tremendously helpful!

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    This forum is NOT the place to start as there is a lot of info down in the weeds, conflicting advice, etc. The forum is a place to get deeply, deeply confused at the outset.

    Please start with mark's writing: his blog (from the home page of the web site), the Primal Blueprint 101 posts available when you click "about" from the main page, and the book (The Primal Blueprint).

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    Lewis' suggestions are spot-on. Stay away from the forum until you've read all that and are really comfortable with your understanding of it, or it will be very easy to get confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielle5690 View Post
    Lewis' suggestions are spot-on. Stay away from the forum until you've read all that and are really comfortable with your understanding of it, or it will be very easy to get confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
    This forum is NOT the place to start as there is a lot of info down in the weeds, conflicting advice, etc. The forum is a place to get deeply, deeply confused at the outset.

    Please start with mark's writing: his blog (from the home page of the web site), the Primal Blueprint 101 posts available when you click "about" from the main page, and the book (The Primal Blueprint).
    I completely agree with this! After reading Mark's book I started reading the website, which was great, but then started reading the forum and was confused for months. Confused and discouraged.

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    this forum is useless. i spend time here out of boredom. for the love of god, do not come here for information. come here to waste time out of boredom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
    This forum is NOT the place to start as there is a lot of info down in the weeds, conflicting advice, etc. The forum is a place to get deeply, deeply confused at the outset.

    Please start with mark's writing: his blog (from the home page of the web site), the Primal Blueprint 101 posts available when you click "about" from the main page, and the book (The Primal Blueprint).
    +1 For newbies, the forum can be a great place to get encouragement. Once you know the basics, it can be a great place to get info. But we all have our own quirky takes on primal.

    Hang in there! It will become clear soon! Grok on!
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