Here’s a list of some of my favorite primal / paleo / caveman diet and lifestyle related books that I think everybody interesting in their health and well-being ought to add to their library:
Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
This book was my “guide book” when starting out with this process. While it wasn’t my only resource (I also referred to Artur DeVany’s blog as well, which served as a catalyst for my lifestyle change. I mention this in this post on evolutionary fitness and caveman diet resources).
In the book, Mark Sisson dispels a lot of myths regarding weightloss and the conventional “healthy” diets as well as exercise regimens. He also introduces the 10 lifestyle laws that will help you lose more weight and feel healthier (almost effortlessly).
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
This book was quite eye opening to me as far as how misguided people are in their food choices. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist or anything, but once you read this book I think your views on refined carbohydrates and grains will change dramatically.
It’s not the most exciting book ever since it’s written by Gary Taubes, a well-known science writer, and he introduces a lot of clinical evidence that can come across a bit dry. But if you can slog through some of the heavy stuff it is a fascinating read.
The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
You may have heard of the book “The Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordain… it was the first book I had ever read on the topic, but I think Robb’s book “The Paleo Solution” is a bit better than the book by his mentor, Loren Cordain.
This is another book that takes on the misconceptions given as conventional nutritional wisdom, but in a bit easier style than the book by Gary Taubes (above).
In some ways it’s similar to the Primal Blueprint in that it gives step-by-step advice on the entire paleo lifestyle, including information on fitness and information on rest and sleep (and how it affects your overall health).
The 4-hour Body by Tim Ferris
I’ve been a big fan of Tim’s since he published the book “The 4-hour Work Week”. While the 4-hour body isn’t technically a book on primal lifestyle, I think it has some interesting information about how you can “hack” your body.
He talks about stuff like: increasing strength in your lifts by 150lbs (in a very short time frame); to adding 30+ lbs of muscle without working your butt off in the gym; to learning how to do distance swim (from scratch – that is from not knowing how to swim to swimming a mile in short order); to sleeping only 2 hours per day and still feel refreshed and healthy… and a lot more stuff.
Personally one of the more interesting sections to me was the introduction of what he calls the “Slow Carb Diet” in the book, which is somewhat similar to the Primal diet and also provides some case studies on weightloss using this method.
A lot of cool information in this book, so it’s definitely worth picking up.