The Wild Diet by Abel James

I don’t remember where I heard about the Fat-Burning Man Podcast, but it was probably when I was looking into fasting and intermittent fasting. The host, Abel James, was a regular, kinda-fat guy for many years and then invented his own way of eating.

His book, The Wild Diet, might be the last book on eating I ever read. It’s simple. I’m probably oversimplifying, but basically it’s this …look at your food. If you think it could’ve been a food 500 years ago, go ahead and eat it.

Technically, I don’t know when bread was invented, so I’m just going to say 500 years (a quick Google search says 30,000 years …I’m really blowing this review).

It reminds me of another book I read …The Whole 30. They’re all about the same premise. Don’t eat anything that isn’t a food all by itself. Like, a granola bar. It’s not a real food. It might boast protein and “good carbs”, but it’s not something you find in the “wild.” Mayonaise. Nope. You get the point.

That’s it. Eat lots of protein. Eat lots and lots of vegetables. Eat some fruit. Drink lots and lots of water.

Basically, avoid anything processed, anything with added sugar, and rewire your brain to stop craving sugary stuff.

He builds in cheat meals (not cheat days). I like that. Sometimes I want a big bowl of butter popcorn and sometimes I want pizza. I want 5 slices of pizza and breadsticks dipped in ranch. I’ll plan that cheat-meal accordingly.

Note: This is very similar to Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Body. 

The Wild Diet is a quick read. Everything you need to know happens in 116 pages (with large side margins). Then the rest of the book is recipes and action plans, including meal prep, because some people need and like that.

But here are the two best parts…

  1. Only eat when you’re hungry and don’t buy into 3-meals-a-day. Who said we need 3-meals-a-day. Abel James will go for long periods just eating 1-meal-a-day. I tried this. It’s great. I feel great doing it. I sleep better and don’t wake up in the morning dehydrated and sluggish.
  2. Exercise in all-out, maximum effort, kill-yourself 7-10 minute bursts. This is kinda revolutionary. He argues 30-minutes on a treadmill or 45-minutes running won’t give you the body you want as quickly as burpees until fail, planks until you drop, and heavy weights combined with wind sprints (versus long-distance running).

In some ways, it’s stuff I already know, but Abel James has a way of making it easy-to-follow and understand and not all technical and full of science.

Read it. Buy it and read it many times.

Find his Podcast and scroll through past episodes. You’ll be inspired.

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