2011 News & Updates: The Growing Movement, New Books and What I’ve Been Up To

I turned 58 last week and, as I usually do around my birthday, I took some time to reflect upon all that I have to appreciate in my life and all that my Mark’s Daily Apple and PrimalBlueprint.com team have accomplished in the last year. With that, I thought I’d hit a few highlights and bring you all up to date on some of what’s been happening at MDA and with the Primal Blueprint, as well as what’s in store for the near future.

But first things first. And let’s get this one out of the way early, ‘cause I get one or two of these every week.


I have heard you have gotten fat. And all the photos you have on the web are old. Please put up a recent photo with a recent newspaper.


No, I have not gotten fat in the last year and not all the photos are old. I chuckle (and often bristle) at the inane innuendo floating in the Interwebs: that I only use pictures from five or six years ago on MDA; that I was doped up when those pictures were taken; that I train way more than I admit to, or that I starve myself, etc. etc. Well, if you’re interested, here’s a picture of me taken yesterday (with copy of the LA Times to prove the date). And here’s one of me out on the paddleboard a few days ago. And here I am in the gym a few months ago. Do I look fat in these genes?

(FWIW, as much as I depend on the Internet to deliver you guys the straight scoop, it’s my pet theory that the Internet is actually history’s largest experiment in pure democracy – and it offers proof that democracy will ultimately fail, as everyone’s “right” to say whatever they want about anything or anyone eventually de-evolves us to an irresponsible, blaming Idiocracy). But I digress…)

Alexa.com and Site Visits

Speaking of the Internet, the Primal/paleo movement continues to grow. In the past few months MDA has dipped under the 10,000 mark on Alexa, reaching 8,575 as of today. For those of you unfamiliar with Alexa, that basically means that of the 300 million websites in the world, we are unofficially ranked in the top 9,000 overall in traffic. According to Dr. Joe Mercola, we are the third most visited natural health site in the world, and notably ahead of Prevention.com, Life Extension Foundation, Andrew Weil and Deepak. July will have seen over 700,000 unique visitors for the month, and we are well on our way to a million uniques per month by year end.

Many thanks to everyone that has helped get MDA to where it is today. You, MDA readers, have played a huge role: sharing articles with friends, imploring family members to pay a visit, regularly dropping by yourself. So thank you! Conventional Wisdom has taken a beating, and it couldn’t have been done without you.

PAST Seminars

We launched our Saturday six-hour, intensive Primal Accelerated Success Trainings in February at Karma CrossFit in Manhattan Beach and followed that up with five more: Pleasant Hill, Reno, Kansas City, Seattle, and Austin. My chief Primal Blueprint editor and Primal Leap writing partner Brad Kearns led two of them, and I did the rest. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive throughout, as up to 75 people per event were deeply immersed in Primal Blueprint theory and practice. My intention was to have each person leave the seminar completely confident of his or her ability to handle any and all Primal hurdles forever. In the coming months we’ll announce a newer, “lite” version that will typically take place from 6:30-9:30 on a weeknight in a more downtown facility, so attendees won’t have to give up a whole weekend day.


PrimalCon was a huge success again this year. 83 people took the plunge and committed to a fun- filled, education-packed three day weekend at Oxnard Beach Park in April. The weather cooperated perfectly as our small groups – led by returning PrimalCon counselors – learned sprint technique from US Olympian Michael Stember, new kettlebell routines from Billy Vives, unique forms of bodywork and stealth training from Angelo dela Cruz, posture secrets from Esther Gokhale and cooking tips from Chef Rachel Matesz. Once again, renowned chef Oren Zroya made sure everyone was well fed with the best Primal foods possible. Plans now are to hold PrimalCon 2012 the weekend of April 13-15 again at Oxnard Beach Park. This year we will offer a wider range of sleeping accommodations and a few new twists. The details will be posted in the coming months.

New Cookbook

In May we released The Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals cookbook, nearly a year after the release of the original Primal Blueprint Cookbook. Both have done well consistently and seem to be the missing link (gateway drug?) for many people who haven’t yet read The Primal Blueprint.

Hiked the Grand Canyon

In May Carrie, Devyn and I hiked into the Grand Canyon over a long weekend. It was every bit as spectacular as you’d expect one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World to be and I highly recommend hiking it if you have the chance. Of particular note, I did our 17 mile trek in my Vibram KSO Treks and they performed exceptionally well (no blisters, no sore arches, no Achilles issues). Don’t think I’ll ever wear hiking boots again.

Indy HIT Seminar

In June, I spoke at the Indy HIT Seminar. If you are interested in SuperSlow and/or High Intensity Training (the kind that Doug McGuff writes about in Body by Science), then Bo Railey’s annual Indy HIT Seminar is the place to go. It’s a two-day event that covers everything relevant to this unique and effective training method. Bo invited me to speak on diet and nutrition as it relates to that style of working out, which fits perfectly with the Primal Blueprint eating and exercise strategy.

More Great Books

I am pleased to announce that I will be publishing Denise Minger’s new book Death by Food Pyramid around the middle of 2012. We are both wildly excited about this project which will not only call on Denise’s unique set of analytical skills in destroying many of the “landmark” studies that CW hangs it’s hat on, but will trace the bizarre history behind the faulty US public policy-making regarding diet and health, and she’ll actually teach the reader how to take just about any study and critically review it from a layman’s perspective.

In November 2011, we will be introducing the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. This is a paperback guidebook/workbook geared more for newbies who don’t want – or need – all the science and theory and just want to cut to the chase. We’ve employed some of the strategies we’ve learned from the Primal Leap and the PAST Seminars to drill down to some key concepts (no, not the PB 10 Laws) and several action items with a day-to-day, “do this, don’t do that” approach. The idea is that after 21 days of doing everything by the book, you will have reprogrammed your genes to make you a fat-burning beast for the rest of your life (provided you stick to the plan).

In January, we will be launching the paperback version of The Primal Blueprint. The plan is to update the book with some success stories, several Primal lifestyle “hacks”, and other features.

Around June, 2012 we will introduce my new book The Primal Connection, the answer to “what’s next after the Primal Blueprint – you know, after I have that diet thing figured out?” Among other topics, The Primal Connection will explore how and why our modern lives have created such conflict with our hunter-gatherer brains and what specific actions we can take to realign ourselves with the hard-wired expectations of those 10,000 year-old genes. With this understanding, we can once again become the happy, loving, productive, fulfilled and satisfied person each of us longs to (and was meant to) be.

Finally, I will be attending the CrossFit Games this Friday and Saturday in Carson, CA, so stop by the Primal Blueprint booth and say hi (and get your copy of the PB autographed). And next Saturday (August 6), I will be one of many speakers at the inaugural Ancestral Health Symposium at UCLA. Maybe I’ll see you there.

That about covers the first half of 2011 and some of my plans for the next six months or so. Thanks for reading today, and let me know what you think in the comment board. Grok on!

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I got to meet Mark in person in Austin last month. Definitely not fat. 🙂 In fact even leaner than he looks in most of his pictures.

    1. awesome Mark! true inspiration,Ijusted turned 60 but nowhere near this look! what I would like to see is mark’s bfore pics would be cool!

      1. he’s never been fat… and you can see his Runner’s World body (the 70s and 80s) in the archives.

  2. I find it absolutely hysterical that people think you are fat. Mark, I think you know what that is…

    Jealousy. 100% jealousy. Its kids my age and a bit older who want what you have.

    They just need to go primal.

    1. Mark,

      My browser won’t load the photos – rockmelt – is anyone else having this problem.

      I am glad to hear Primal Con will be back next year! Lars, are you reading this? I remember our conversation at this years Primal Con – I’ll be the first one to sign up!

      1. Also a RockMelt user and had no troubles loading the photos. As if you needed the spoilers, all you’re missing out is the fact that 1) Mark is definitely not fat; and 2) paddleboarding looks like a LOT of fun!

        1. And he has terrible posture. The typical terrible posture of somebody showing off his abs…

        2. yeah, he’s doing that just to demonstrate how freakin amazing his abs are, I’m sure his posture is perfectly fine otherwise.

  3. Thanks for the update Mark! Belated Happy B-day — you look great man. Very inspirational!

  4. Doug McGuff had this to say on his blog in June this year:

    “After I finished my workout, I got to watch Mark Sisson do a 3 set WOW. Mark is so lean that it is like taking an anatomy and kinesiology lesson when you watch him work out.”


    Need anyone say more?

  5. You’re 58?!?!?! That number’s a lot higher than I expected–and that’s a good thing, right?

    I think the continued success of MDA is a great thing for the world we live in. Keep up the good work!

    “Death by Food Pyramid” is a fantastic title. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. I love the title also, I almost experienced it. 🙂 The Food Pyramid took me to Type 2 Diabetes and a heart attack.

  6. Mark: What a lot you’ve accomplished. I admire what you’ve done and all you have in the works. You are a big part of the well-being of so many people Grok on! Susan

  7. Wowzer, looking HOT in those pictures!!!
    Holy crap! 🙂

    Thanks to you, Mark, I am on my way to a healthier me. My life has turned 180 degrees since finding MDA. I also bought your book, which I found very informative.
    Because of MDA I was able to cure every ailment of my body and digestive tract, and was able to find the ‘cure’ for my facial pain that has plagued me my entire life.
    With a primal diet I am able to remodel my dental arch and facial bones (through SPE) a lot more sufficiently and without ANY worries. I am forever thankful for the information you share.

  8. Damn! I was going to go to the CrossFit Games this weekend, but realized I had stuff going on already. I’ll tell the people I know and send them to your booth.

  9. Mark,

    You even BETTER than you did 5 years ago.

    Please bring your workshops to Canada.

  10. Is it possible for the 21-Day Total Body Transformation to work for a 71 year old female?

    I should be a real test for your book. I’ll be sure to take before and after pics. No bikinis though. No one wants to see that.

    Ever since I hit 70 I can feel myself getting weaker and weaker. It is hard to stay motivated to work out because everything hurts and working out is boring for me as well.

    I am totally getting why old people head for the rocking chair. Me, I would rather stay active.

    I am looking forward to having your book nag me for 21 days to improve my somewhat decrepit body. I should be ‘looking good in my genes’ by the holidays. Hope springs eternal.

    I love the title of Minger’s book. It is perfect. I wonder if Denise Minger’s publicity person will be able to get her on a TV and radio book tour.

    If that happens it would be nice to have a schedule of her spots posted on this site. I have a feeling this book may cause big trouble. I can’t wait.

    1. It’s never too late to start!!!
      There’s ALOT of us in the 50+, 60+ & beyond age groups.
      today is always a good day to start a self-improvement change. go for it Sharon!!

    2. It’s definitely never too late to start! Google Arthur DeVany…he’s often called the “grandfather of the paleo eating movement” and at 73 is in better shape than I am in my late 20s! Definitely don’t wait for the new book to start either…before I even got my hands on a copy of Primal Blueprint, I was slowly easing into the primal lifestyle by experimenting with various foods, exercises, and supplements I was reading about here on MDA. Then, when I got the book, I was ready to turn it up a notch! Good luck! 🙂

    3. There is no time that a change in lifestyle won’t work for anyone at any point in their life. Just like smoking. Whenever you stop is a good time, and today is better than tomorrow. Just get after it! We’re all around for such a short time – best to spend it in the best condition we possibly can!

    4. Hey go girl! I am 60 and still 90 pounds overweigh and I refuse to head for the rocker. We can still be fit and well.

    5. Sharon, I’d suggest taking change gradually – I think for older people (from my experience) sudden change can be a bit difficult – you’ve got to supplement with probiotics and give your gut flora, liver and gall bladder time to ajust to the new regime – but otherwise, go for it! You’ll probably be kicking on at 100 so that’ll give you thirty years of improved health, right!

      1. Wow…thanks everyone for all the encouragement.

        I have been eating primal for 2 or 3 years so have that mastered. I do walk everywhere I go in the village I live in. I garden on a boulder strewn hilly yard. I climb at a minimum, 10 flights of stairs a day getting in and out of our house and up and down the 3 floors. I hand shovel the snow off our rather large driveway in the winter. But, I know I need to push myself to do more. All these things are erratic except for the stair climbing.

        Start today? Agreed. That would be my advice to myself. In fact I have given myself that advice many times. Do I listen? Sometimes but then I get off track for various reasons. I’m thinking Mark’s book might give me the structure I need. Come to think of it, I don’t like structure. Hmmm.

        I think I need to just push through and get strong and flexible enough so I can do the WOW’s or whatever I find to keep me interested to keep going, if that makes sense.

        I think you all just got me to figure out what I need to do. So thanks. Yea…now I just need to get there. Strong and flexible. Here I come.

        1. Sharon, be sure to have your Vitamin D checked. That can explain the aches & pains. Even daily sun exposure may not be enough to maintain optimal levels. I went to an endocrinologist convinced I had thyroid issues… thyroid was fine but I was shocked to learn that my Vitamin D was extremely low. 2 months of supplements and am now at the low end of normal.

    6. I’m 65 and still proudly wear a bikini, a dainty brazilian outfit. it means a lot of work and good care, but anyone can do it, it’s just a lifestyle with a portion of perseverance and endurance.
      go on, you can do it

  11. Happy Birthday, Mark! My success is directly attributed to yours and so thanks for all the cool stuff you’ve taught me.

  12. I believe you look even better on the new pictures. Like a good wine; are you getting better with age? I am 53 and you are an inspiration for me. Thanks!!!

  13. I am so excited about all the things you’ve accomplished and all the things you are still working on! I have hope for the future of nutrition with so many amazing resources available to the public through you and MDA.

    So many people around my husband and me are seeing the difference the primal lifestyle has made for us, in only a few months, and they are starting to open up and want to know more. We keep pointing them to MDA and some are starting to make the change. It’s so wonderful! Thank you for all that you do!

    Oh, and I LOVE “Death by Food Pyramid” too. 🙂

  14. This is fantastic news! Really looking forward to “Death by Food Pyramid” and “The Primal Connection” Can’t wait!

  15. My abs flexed after viewing your picture. Dunno exactly what that means

  16. You are now equal with Chuck Norris in the “made of awesome” category. Thanks for being an inspiration.
    I only hope that friends and relatives that I’ve directed to this site take advantage of all the free help here instead of doubting the obvious evidence. I’ve seen more justification for staying gone wheat and sugar than I do for cigarettes!

  17. Mark:

    One thing I’d love to see you do:

    Offer Primal Fuel in single serving envelopes. For easy carrying around, and especially travel.

    Any plans for this? Hope so. Thanks, and happy belated birthday!


      1. There are at least 2 problems with baggies:

        1) It’s hard to pour from them into a shaker bottle, which is what I need to do in the cramped space of an airplane

        2) I’m concerned that some day, when I’m going through security with baggies full of white powder, that TSA is going to detain me while they look/analyze/whatever – stranger things have happened.

        Hence the need for individual packets. Thanks!

  18. Mark, the reason MDA is doing so well is your writing and your ideas, plain and simple. There are plenty of paleo sites out there, but your site challenges us to think and explore our lives in new and exciting ways, and that’s why I keep coming back. Happy birthday!

  19. Shit. Stopped reading after I looked at those pics. I ate an ice cream 10 minutes ago. Getting back on the program starting…..now!

  20. Mark, thanks for debunking those nay sayers. I am 61 and continue to lose weight on the Primal blueprint and even have my wife on it, making great meals, and full of energy. I started in December at over 230 pounds and am now just under 200 and feeling fine. And my blood sugar is normalized. Doctor doesn’t get it, but I just smile and say it’s all diet and exercise. I won’t tell him which diet though! Keep up the great work and the inspiring stories.

  21. Stoked about the upcoming books! Will there be a Primal Challenge this year?

    1. Great question. Yes, probably a 30-day challenge in September. They’re a lot of work to do, so if I do another one this year it will probably be a little scaled back from the daily prizes and contests and challenges and puzzles and articles, etc., that we did last year. We’ll see. Stay tuned!

      1. I was wondering the same thing. I’ve been telling a lot of people at work about it, and how much fun it was last year, so hopefully there will be another one! It will be great to participate in the contests with people from my office..get everyone moving and eating right!

  22. Wow! I am excited about all of these upcoming things. The best part is that you said these are only “some” of your plans.

    Looking forward to everything you put out, Mark!

  23. Now they will say you Photoshopped that photo of you with the Times, lol!

    Congrats, Mark! You deserve it after all the hard work and dedication. I’m so happy both for you and that you’re message is spreading. 🙂

  24. So based on these pics, actually you are even MORE ripped than the older pics in the header would indicate. Hee hee. Awesome.

    And you look so cheerful in these smackdown-the-haters photos, too. Bonus points for that.

    I think people like to imply that you’re somehow secretly sliding downhill because they’re so desperate to “prove” that this doesn’t work. They’re reduced to trying to deny your personal progress instead.

    But even aside from your personal progress, there are so many success stories and photos of others maintaining or progressing happily using a primal approach… this kind of nitpicking just seems downright comedic to me.

    1. The thing that gets me is: even if he was sliding slowly downhill at 58… how would that make him wrong? Most people never have the kind of body or health Mark has, even at 20. To sustain that into your late 50s is mind-blowingly counter to what CW would have us believe is possible.

      Mark proved the CWers wrong years ago, irrevocably. His continued vibrant and obvious health and strength as his age gets more advanced is icing on the cake.

  25. Great year with another one to look forward too. Primal had me laughing at the “Doctor’s” diet advice, when I was done with him he was going online to buy primal blueprint, i loved it. Keep us charged up. Thanks

  26. First, nice pics…we never doubted!

    Second, so excited for the new books coming out. Its always nice to have new things to read and pass out to non believers!! The 21 Day book will be out just in time to make great Christmas gifts!! And help me get my pre-pregnancy body back after third one is born in Dec!

    Thanks for everything MDA!!

  27. Great pictures, Mark.
    You sure have been busy, and we’re loving it. Keep up the great work!

  28. Happy birthday Mark. I’m 38 and wish I looked like you at 58! Glad to hear the Primal movement is taking over the world. It has changed my life, so thank you.

  29. I’m a big supporter of what you are doing, own all the cookbooks, etc.

    What I don’t own is a Grok sticker on my car; a Grok waterbottle in my pack, etc.

    I’m curious why MDA doesn’t sell some of this type if stuff – it would give us a chance to spread the word, perhaps generate some questions leading to new believers, etc.

  30. You’re HOT! I vote for “photographic evidence day” once a week; just to really prove the haters wrong, right?

  31. Dayuuuummm. Awesome shape, in the literal, best sense of the word.

    Randy Couture comes to mind. I wonder is he on the primal diet…

  32. Congratz on the Alexa numbers. Denise Minger’s new book topic sounds awesome and I look forward to reading it. *cheers*

  33. Great job on successfully getting the primal word out to so many who benefit from it, myself very much included.

    Fat…that’s funny. You could easily pass for someone half your age! Happy birthday.

  34. Would you ever consider a 30 day challenge for those looking to lose the last bit of flab (5-10lbs)… Or should we just look at daily IF from Leangains.. I am trying that but I am not sure if it is doing me more harm than good. I know it gets a lot harder for women and men and women in general when they get close to ideal weight.. but I am getting super frustrated. even broke up with my scale and now just take measurements and kicked all berries to the curb so I have no fruit at all.

    i would love some advise!

  35. Happy Birthday Mark.

    I haven’t heard any of the rumors you mentioned, but then I don’t spend much time in the rumor mill.

    I guess we need a new adage: Fat makes you lean, no fat makes you mean.

  36. Only one word came to mind while I browsed the new pics *WooooooooooW!* I’m only about a month and a bit into Primal eating, but I have to say that so far so good, I can see and feel my body changing, for the better, and I feel great! I sent some new pictures of myself to my boyfriend and he said I had lost weight and that it was really noticeable in my face, it wasn’t as full..I think he probably meant bloated lol. I’m amazed, the scale moves slowly but steadily, and I thought I hadn’t lost all that much really, but it was a nice pick me up to hear that! I was all YAY! Good encouragement to keep at it and I WILL!

  37. Happy Birthday – and thanks for all of your hard work!! I’m really looking forward to The Primal Connection (not that I’ve got all of the diet stuff worked out yet) …

  38. Go, Mark! Thank you. Look forward to the new books. The paperback will make it much easier to give them as presents.

    I disagree with you about democracy, but it does depend on decent education. which is a human right, but which we have let be stolen from us. We get lots of envious, malicious cowards because we educate them to be like that — with movies, TV, violent video games, porn, etc, etc, etc. shock jocks, all of it. What do we expect? Sad.

    Thanks for setting a great example in both the technical specifics and in the good character you demonstrate every single day in MDA. Your positivity and thoughtful tone are always a breath of fresh air.

  39. That is awesome about the website stats, although I am not surprised! I often recommend this site. I have always wondered though why the name “daily apple” when you don’t seem to eat them. Maybe “Mark’s Daily Mac Nut” would be a better name!

    I just tried searching this site to see if there was ever an explanation, but couldn’t seem to find one. Any one else know?

    1. The Daily Apple is a play on “Daily News” and “an apple a day…” I started the site back in 2006 with no idea what it would develop into. If I could do it all over again I might choose a different title, but I think it still works.

      1. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…but this “Apple” does a better job!

  40. Mark, I was looking on the Symposium’s website to see if there would be a podcast of the talks. It says that the speakers will be able to decide if they want their talks online…PLEASE tell me you’ll make it available for those of us who can’t attend!

  41. That is great that Denise Minger has a book coming out. She is great, I can’t wait to read it.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mark in NYC. I’m not sure where he hid all those extra pounds. Maybe he airbrushed our vision? People just can’t admit that their way of thinking has been so wrong for so many years.

  42. Wow, Mark…you’re smoking hot! Good job silencing the non-believers. I went LC 8 weeks ago and have dropped 31 pounds. I just ordered your book and can’t wait for it to arrive. I’ve been reading MDA every day and I can’t thank you enough for sharing your insight and experience.

  43. Mark, you look fabulous!
    I’ve been Primal since February 2010, have lost 20lb, and at 52, I look and feel better than I did at 30. Everyon at the gym I work in comments and I have to tell them about MDA and the Primal program! One of these years I’d like to make it out to a PrimalCon, which sounds like so much fun–it’s only a small matter of money.
    Keep up the great work!

  44. Looking very well Mark. One thing I noticed is that you have great foot arches in your first pic. I wasn’t a big believer in the barefoot side of things but I’ve read a bit of Ester Gokhale’s book and I’ve tried standing in different ways and it’s amazing the difference it makes to posture. You seem to have the perfect ‘kidney bean’ shape so well done and I must try and get out more without the shoes.

  45. Mark and co, which probiotics should I take after having an infection and antibiotics cycle?
    Got a dose of why primitive man would die early this week..a stingray got my foot and then it got infected. The venom would have made it to my heart eventually without emergency care.
    Fortunately also, I have been beefing up my armies of good bacteria and immune response by eating primal.

    1. I just switched over to Mark’s probiotics and highly recommend them. The bottle says to take more following a course of antibiotics. I take them for daily maintenance, one a day.

  46. Mark, I can definitely agree on the democracy to idiocracy Internet continuum. I have to say, though, that with the growth of the idiocracy, the overall quality of primal community content has exploded.

    Thanks for all that you do in making all this available to us non-idiots.

  47. Mark you are a beast!…. 58? I wish I looked like that and I’m 24 🙂 Thanks for your awesome articles and want to let you know you have heaps of fans here in Brisbane, Australia, come visit out here!

  48. Quick question: how will the 21-day Primal book really be any different from your Primal Blueprint? Will there be anything in it different from what we already read in the PB?

    Great pics! Great site! I’ve loved every bit of it since I stumbled upon it two years ago.

    1. Yes, the Guidebook will walk you through and tell you exactly what to do each day for 21 days to go Primal and take control of your health for life. It will also include some insights my team and I have gained since the release of The Primal Blueprint, with an emphasis on Key Concepts that everyone that goes Primal needs to not just understand but fully internalize and “Grok”. If you’ve been Primal for some time, if you already “get it”, and aren’t having any trouble actually implementing the Primal Blueprint principles into your life, this book might not be exactly what you’re looking for (though, there will be some things in it of interest to you, too, I’m sure). If this is you then you can pick up a copy for your friends and family that are just getting started. 😉 But if the PB is new to you or you are having some struggles, or have hit a plateau, or you just want to be told exactly what to do, this book is the ticket and will take the guesswork out of the equation.

      1. Awesome website Mark, I’ve been following it since I read Doug McGuff and John Little’s book 2 years ago. I’ve had terrific gains from eating more primitive and working out Grok style. I’m only 25 but my body is looking more and more like yours everyday 😀 I’ve lost about 60 lbs of fat and gained about 10 lbs of muscle now… I LOVE my new body!

  49. Happy belated Bday Mark! You’ve got more friends than you can count. I am a very healthy 62 year old who never took any medicine and therefore was never sick. I had to be operated for the first time a month and a half ago and I’m still climbing out of that hole, but I also started PB around the same time. I plan to make it my blueprint for life. Stay in touch! Chris, in the Republic of Panama.

  50. Happy B’Day Mark! You look Great! Forget the haters and keep up the excellent work. Looking forward to the new book! NG

    Carrie looks smokin’ too!

  51. Happy Birthday Mark! I turned 58 in May and have never felt or looked better.
    I found out yesterday that I too will be at the CrossFit games. I’ll be sure to stop by and meet you.

  52. “The dogs bark…”

    Imagine a big, long, majestic caravan filled with travelers passing through the desert…

    As it passes from town to dusty town, every starving little mangy mongrel dog comes out from hiding to run alongside it and bark.

    Does the caravan driver stop to address these insignificant little mongrels seeking to deter his progress? Of course not. He doesn’t even acknowledge their existence.

    He simply keeps the caravan moving forward, no matter how many mangy street mongrels bark… and no matter the challenges encountered along the way… until the caravan arrives at its destination. You see, “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on…”

  53. Inspirational Mark. You have so much to offer your readers and those of use also in the health industry, and I don’t think you should have to prove yourself but I guess it can’t hurt! Happy Birthday!

  54. Your is one of only a few sites I link to. Congrats on the traffic … I’ve been living a mobile lifestyle for a few years now, focused on fun rather than work to pay mortgages and bills.

    Even though I’m not a family guy, more focused on cute girl things (and how to get them), going to primal has hugely affected my body. Just three days a week of 20 minutes at the gym, now I’ve got a six pack, ripped, no extra work. And lots more energy!

    One of the other ways I’ve gone more ‘primal’ is by eliminating a lot of stuff. Like shelves of clothes and laundry … totally unnecessary!

    If inclined, peak at my primal clothing solution directions: https://two.cedonulli.com/2011/07/10-days-1-t-shirt/

  55. Thank you so much for your work! Sounds like you have a lot of fun! Can we persuade you to come visit Maine? After all, it’s your roots. There is a growing group of us Primals here! Just finishing PB, have the cookbook, love your attitude and encouragement. Recently (at 51) diagnosed with diabetes, so your info is helping me tremendously. I dance, racquetball (lots of little sprints) and hike with my dogs. Just burning up the fat now, thanks to your wisdom!! Wishing you continued happiness and joy, best to you and your lovely family.

  56. Just want to say to Mark, you look awesome, man! Thanks for all you do.

  57. I hope to look half as good at 58. You’re an inspiration. Happy belated birthday!

    I’m pleased to hear about Minger’s book. That’s great news.

  58. I am 47…someday, when I grow up, I want to be as fat as you are today. I am on my way!

    Happy Birthday!!

  59. Happy Birthday, Mark! You are AWESOME! I can’t believe people doubt you — you reek of honor. Can’t wait for the 21-day challenge book and Denise’s book. Congrats on the success of MDA – it’s no wonder it’s so well-read – it’s smart, well-written, accessible, and it WORKS. Come back to Texas! Thanks for everything!

  60. You know Mark… You are wearing long shorts in all of these pictures… I can’t help but wonder what your quad/hamstring development is like…?

  61. Looking great Mark. I’ve had a complete food make-over since December 2010 when I discovered I have celiac disease. Couldn’t understand why I was always so sick when I ate so healthy, lots of wheat and whole grains. What a dummy! Since then I have given up gluten, dairy, soy and a few other things I was reacting to but still not feeling 100%. A friend turned me onto your book about 2 weeks ago and giving up ALL grains and reducing sugar significantly has made a world of diffence. Looking forward to some new recipes and continuing this new life style. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. BTW, paddleboarding in Hawaii is great! You should visit!!

  62. Happy Birthday, Mark
    I can’t wait for “Death by Food Pyramid”. I may have to buy several copies to pass around to those NOT in the know.

  63. Happy Birthday, Mark! I found you just before the the primal challenge last year so I am now coming up on my one year anniversary of living primally. It’s been the best year of my life! I look better than ever, I eat very well and most importantly I feel AWESOME! Thanks for all you do.

  64. Happy birthday mark and thank you so much for all that you do here on mda! Keep up the great work. You are such an inspiration.

  65. Well if you want to get semantic Mark has “gotten fat” in that he understands and uses fat in his diet for health and satisfaction, but no he is not overweight I met him in Seattle a month ago more muscle and less fat than 22 year old me.

    Even if Mark was obese like so many athletes tend to be as they age, it wouldn’t necessarily be from following the PB advice, it’s just a non sequitur ” you make a lot of sense and the science checks out but you’re a fatty fatty boombalatty so I can’t take you serious.

  66. Hey I’m struggling, I’ve been eating Primal for 10 weeks now and am FEELING much better, but haven’t shed a single pound (or kilo as we go by here in Australia). What’s going on?
    I’m not incredibly overweight, in fact just tip in at the top of the range of healthy weight for my height and age, but would still like to be 5kgs lighter.
    Any suggestions?

    1. it gets harder to lose weight if you are near your body’s “normal”. do you really NEED to lose 5kg? I have finally gotten used to the idea that I look good at the weight I am- which is about 10 lbs heavier than I was at my thinner stage. But its 10 lbs of muscle, and I am much stronger than when I was a thin vegan/veggie (my body fat % is normal).

      1. Same here. My ideal weight was 62kg at 177 cm but I weigh 5 kg more now and can’t get rid of it no matter what.
        I have gained a LOT more muscle tissue, esp. in my legs since going primal. I never ate a lot of protein in my life, and always had a high fat/low muscle ratio, but seemed skinny.
        Muscle weighs a lot more than fatty skin and I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe the scale isn’t so important…but the size of my clothes.

        It’s hard to get down to the ideal weight, unless I ditch my protein intake and reduce muscle…and that’ll never happen 🙂

    2. Paleo doesn’t mean calories don’t count. If you’re eating ad libitum, you might be eating a few too many calories. That was the case with me. I kept a food journal and discovered that my natural ad libitum eating pattern was about 300 calories per day too much. So, I counted calories on fitday.com, eating 2000 calories per day, averaged out over a week (some days more calories, some days less), and I dropped from 183# to 170# in 10 weeks. Since that time, my weight has crept back up a bit, but I’ve been able to keep it in the 173-175 range with ease.

  67. That was Durianrider who questioned if you were fat, I saw the video where he points out that some dietary “gurus” (mostly meat-eaters) are paunchy…in many cases he was right; clearly not in yours!

  68. I would say that you look great for your age, but that is just not true. You look great for ANY age! Keep it up and thanks for sharing the info.

  69. Happy Birthday, Mark! This is the first site I recommend to people (and The Primal Blueprint is the first book) when people ask me about what I eat and why. I bought 5 copies when you were doing a push for Amazon sales back when, and those books have been in constant circulation ever since among friends and co-workers. Looking forward to your future accomplishments. I think it might be fun to compare your photos to a certain bananas guy 😉

  70. Mark, I’d do you. Haha. You look great, keep it up! Never listen to the haters.

  71. All I know is I saw you earlier this summer and you were looking ripped in that custom fit polo. Gotta love the haters. 🙂

  72. Mark, I cannot agree with you enough on the ultimate failure of democracy as a system of governance. If we ever meet in person, looks like we’ll have political philosophy to discuss as well!

    Look for my success tory in about six months. I’m finally rocking the Primal lifestyle after two years of hemming and hawing — and it is, quite simply, amazing.

  73. Happy Birthday Mark! I just started the paleo-primal way of eating 7 weeks ago. I had been thinking about it for quite awhile but your website was the final catalyst. MDA is inspiring. Reading everyone’s stories is so great. I am 65 and weighed 260 pounds and have only lost 5 pounds so far, but feel so much better emotionally and physically. Hoping for my metabolism to catch up sooner than later. Keep up the inspirational work.

  74. I have come to learn there will always be naysayers, no matter what…till the end of time. Like cockroaches.

    I echo the sentiment here Mark. You look utterly STUNNING. Wow…what an inspiration you are (for ANY age!).

  75. holy crap Mark! I’m half your age and those pictures inspire me, big time! Nicely done, keep up the good work, and thanks for being an inspiration to many of us!

  76. Ooh, Grand Canyon! I went with my family in June. It was hot. We only hiked along the rim a little bit (I have a 5 year old). I should have worn my Vibrams – but they were new then and I was still getting used to them.

    I *love* my Vibrams now though!

  77. Mark, you’re totally awesome, and I’m thrilled with your success. I hope to be able to make it to PrimalCon or another event one day. Meanwhile, I’m trying to get my grok on. Thanks for the help and inspiration!

  78. Dear Mark, Happy Birthday! You look fabulous…at any age. You and the Primal team have been a wonderful resource to me as I have piece by piece adopted a primal lifestyle and regained my health. Thank you. Today, I shared the coconut recipe book with a friend who has been struggling with the MSM and CW recommendations. I will keep my eye out for Denise’s book. Many, many happy and healthy returns. Fondly, Ann

  79. Happy belated Birthday & thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!

  80. Happy (belated) birthday!

    I’m kinda bummed that I didn’t hear about the AHS until today. I clicked on the link and it’s all sold out. Was there a way to know about this before? That would’ve been awesome to attend.

    Like everyone else, thanks for all you do. You changed my life for sure, hope life is reciprocating all of the good things you’ve given to all of us readers.

  81. Mark, Many Thanks for all you have done, and continue to keep doing. I’m 45 and in the best shape of my life. Between kettlebells/MDA(after SLAP surgery/Shoulder 2 years ago), I have taken a whole new perspective on life. I am a Youth Soccer Coach, and have inspired many of my players and their parents to go Primal. Keep up the Grok work!

  82. Great abs! Great stats! Great sites!
    Belated congratulations and “Thank you”.
    You got me started with primal living and your articles keep me inspired.

  83. Mark…you look amazing ! Having met you a few months ago with my son in Danville…I knew you were everthing you say in your book and more. So nice of you to share these psitures with us. You just keep proving everyone including conventional wisdom wrong. Thank you for all you have done for us 🙂

  84. (FWIW, as much as I depend on the Internet to deliver you guys the straight scoop, it’s my pet theory that the Internet is actually history’s largest experiment in pure democracy – and it offers proof that democracy will ultimately fail, as everyone’s “right” to say whatever they want about anything or anyone eventually de-evolves us to an irresponsible, blaming Idiocracy). But I digress…)

    The big difference between democracy and the internet is that democracy requires a minority to act as the majority dictates. This is not true of the web. There are stupid folk on the web, there’s no doubt, and sometimes it seems like they out-weigh the rest, but the web can’t force you to agree with any viewpoint, but that can (and does) happen in a democracy.

  85. On the cusp of my 50th birthday this year, I can say that MDA has been an inspiration in my goals to achieve a balanced and natural approach to diet and exercise. With the ideals of the primal blue-print in mind, application and transformation of my diet and exercise regimen, I can honestly say that at 49, I’ve achieved a 29 inch waist, robust health, and energy I haven’t seen since high school. Unfortunately in this society, the saddle bags of a sugary middle age, have become commonplace and accepted. Well I don’t accept it, and I’m mad as hell that institutions like the FDA whole heatedly accept this carb loaded hypocrisy in the name of health while our population grows increasingly obese, and more sick. Live the principals of the Primal Blue Print, and lead America back to greatness by example, one sugary pound after another.

  86. Happy Birthday,

    I have to say for 58 you are a bit out of shape. Are those stretch marks on your side? Oh, I am sorry those are your Serratus Anterior muscles! A muscle most people will never even know they have because they are so hard to have show. To me that is by far the most impressive aspect of your physique. GREAT WORK!Just think in like 40 years if you stay on track you will give Jack LaLanne a run for the money of people everyone should be jealous of. And thanks for all you do for people.

    I say Charlie posts a picture next to your now so he can check in on his own physique which by the way he should be way more concerned with, not yours.

  87. I’ve been visiting this site for a longtime, and although I don’t follow a strict primal diet, I love the wealth of information it provides. Having said the that: Kudos to you Mark! Someone asked for a photo with a newspaper and you delivered. That’s leading by example. Great job!

  88. I teach an advanced grade 12 biology course, and I am STOKED about the upcoming book “Death By Food Pyramid.” So much of the curriculum I am required to teach is CW…but I’m a rebel and introduce quite a bit of new research. I am so looking forward to introducing this resource as a way to stimulate critical and creative thinking amongst my students.

    P.S. Mark…you are TOTALLY hot!

  89. Wow! thanks for the eye candy. I mean inspiration. Your web site sure makes turning 50 alot less painful. Thanks for all you do.

    GROK ON!

  90. I have learned that leading by example persuades people much louder than any words of wisdom. Quick example, look at our own children…monkies see, monkies do. Thank you Mark for showing us the way rather than relying on preaching the way.

  91. Happy Birthday Mark!

    Looking good!

    I agree with you about hiking. I’ll send you some “Grok in the wild” pictures from Kilimangaro. Bought some new KSOs for the trip.


    p.s. How about a PAST seminar in San Diego?

  92. I’m so glad to hear about how the Trek’s held up on your Grand Canyon hike. Did you wear Injinji’s inside them?

    Also, part of me wishes that I hadn’t just moved to NYC in October 2010. I would totally stop by to say “Hey!” at the Crossfit Games this weekend. But alas, I’m stuck in Brooklyn. 😉

    1. Gilliebean, I don’t wear any socks with my VFFS – and it rained and snowed (and then the sun would come out and it would be 75 degrees) during the two days of hiking and camping. Never got “cold feet”, so I’m sure I am acclimated/adapted to that aspect of the minimal footwear life as well.

      Sorry I’ll miss you at CF Games. Maybe next year…

  93. Wow, I can’t believe all the snide little bashers here…why are you here?
    Mark’s Daily Apple & the people who read/share ideas, simply are helping each other lead better healthier lives!
    Rock On Mark!

  94. Happy Birthday Mark, you look great! I’ve shown your pictures to a bunch of my friends and they are all Blown Away!
    It makes it real easy to spread the word on Primal Living when you are setting such a great example for all of us to follow! Keep up the good work and thank you!

  95. Happy birthday and thank you for your website. Easing into the Paleo lifestyle little by little, and loving the wisdom of it all. Telling friends about marksdailyapple and hoping that they listen. I do believe that you are what you eat, but sadly so many don’t take care of themselves. I will try and spread the good news about PB. Thank you again and God bless you….

  96. Happy (belated) birthday.I’ve enjoyed MDA for about 6 months, and in honor of your birthday (last week) and my one year anniversary of following a low carb way of eating (next week), I’m downloading Primal Blueprint. A gift from me to me. For the record, at age 59, I may well be in the best shape of my life and for the first time in my life, I am not food crazed!

  97. I know I’m a day late, and I am positive I’m repeating something already said in the 162 (and counting) comments, but Mark, YOU ARE HOT!!! So proud to be a member of this community and I am looking forward to all of the great things coming!

  98. Conventional ‘wisdom’ yeah I agree. It’s the reason I didn’t become a nutritionist because I figured I’d be locked in by CW and I’d be telling people if they want to lose weight then they’re going to have to run that caloric bank account into a deficit with plenty of cardio and innane weight training.

    Then I’d be putting them on a diet of soy beans and all it’s spin offs. Don’t you dare eat that avacado, it’s high fat and don’t forget to take out the egg yolks.

    All while I know damn true that I do not follow these guidelines. I’d have to be very cynical to do nutrition in such a manner.

    Right on Mark, you’re site in awesome, it have all the right ideas. I followed a lot of them instincitvely long before coming here but it’s just great to see that I’m not alone.

    Best of health to all of you.

  99. I met Mark at the Seattle conference…definitely not fat! A true inspiration!

  100. Un-friggin believable. Happy belated B-day Mark and looking great. I’m working on the Primal way so hopefully I get to look like that someday!!

    I’ve got to echo the sentiments of the other Canucks on here Mark…Canada loves you bro…you need to get out here…love to see you in Western Canada sometime and shake the hand of the man!!

  101. I just wanted to say that the pictures are very inspirational! MDA has helped me recharge at 42 years old! I am committed to this lifestyle! So much so, I am thinking about going back to school to become a naturopathic physician. I want to teach my patients about preventative medicine and lifestyle change as a way to stave off disease in the body. This Primal Way is the Key! Thanx Again!

  102. I’m shocked that you’re 58.

    Congratulations on the Alexa hike. It just goes to show when you provide good information that people will flock to you. Have a great 59’th primal year!

  103. Any chance the paperback version of The Primal Blueprint will include Primal Blueprint Fitness? That would be a nice, complete volume.

  104. Can’t wait for the updated book Mark!

    Ever since my bro lended mine and never returned it, I’ve been meaning to buy a new one. Now I have reason to wait a bit longer… or maybe I’ll buy the hardcover as well and when the new one comes I’ll donate the old one to some friend.

    Anyways, good job on everything you’ve done Mark. You certainly helped me, that’s for sure.

  105. Dear Mark, I joined a biggest loser contest at work back in January. I started the Atkins diet for a few weeks. For health reasons I decided I should consult with my doctor after reading more about it. She suggested your plan. I bought your book, read your daily articles, lost 23 pounds in 3 months. I kicked their butts and took all the money and bought me a new wardrode. My co-workers couldnt believe it. We’ve been dieting for years. Imagine that! After just 4 months my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure all reduced. I have been some over weight for several years. I am 48 and decided it was now or never. I am thinking you saved my life. I feel great. Thanks for everything. And you do look great!!!!!!

  106. My Mom turned 58 in January and is constantly blaming her poor health on her age. I’m going to show her those pictures and then say “guess what, he’s the same age as you!” Maybe that will help shake her beliefs a bit.
    On a side note, I must say Carrie is one lucky lady!

  107. Great post Mark! Crazy how people think. After we met for breakfast at Key’s in Minneapolis last month, I went home and told my wife I hope I can still look have as good as you do when I’m (then) 57.

  108. I showed my brother (who is quite jacked) Mark’s picture and his words were “WTF?” He was impressed and incredulous. I don’t blame him. I was wowed as well and I hope I can get close to being as ripped at some point in my life. I’ve been trying to get my brother to be more primal for a while. He likes primal foods but is unconcernced about artifical additives and won’t give up grains (funny thing is, he’s the one who said he heard grains are unhealthy, which made me research them, which led me to this site, which changed my life).
    My mom’s a proponent of CW and chronic cardio and to prove that primal is healthy and the way to go I showed her the picture as well but she was quick to say that she bets people who eat lots of grains look similar, and tells me I’m ruining my health, after saying I look healthier these days.
    “Everything in moderation” is apparently what’s healthy. Yeah good excuse for things that you know are actually unhealthy. Can’t ignore the nutritional facts.

  109. Super excited about the new books, particularly primal connection. I can’t wait, just listened to mark, matt, and robb on paleo solution podcast ep 92 or 93 and it got me all pumped up. Thanks for the work all of the paleo primal network is doing.

  110. I truly believe in the Primal Diet & am thankful to MS for writing such a knowledgable book about “diet” & health.
    Although I believe in the book’s premise & suggest it to all to leARn how to eat for life & health, I do not believe he or his wife have attained those bodies with the level of exercise described within. That being said I will continue to follow MS and his eating philosophy while following my own workout program. We all need to eat primally & stop following the SKEWED food pyramid. can’t wait for the new book:-)

  111. You look great, Mark, but its your brains that turns me on!