The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson – Review

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson – Review

You know that feeling when you read something that changes your life? This book gave me those feelings. As I sped through the pages nearly non-stop I found myself eager to trial out Mark Sisson‘s methods. [Which I have sense done in a Primal Blueprint case study]

Why I liked it

Now that opening paragraph is pretty strong. I should probably be getting paid just for writing it, but I genuinely feel that this book is a book that every single person should read. Sisson manages to put eloquently into words a lifestyle that would be beneficial to most people’s modern day lives.

The best part of this book is that it’s an entire way of living. It’s not just a diet, or a workout routine, or a stress-less guide, it’s a complete full blown method to living a fuller, healthier life.

Unfortunately, for most people, the jump into Sisson’s 10 rules for a Primal lifestlye would be too much of a change and would probably result in a backlash of binge eating and TV watching.

I would instead suggest that any newcomer to this book should try to implement just one rule, or even just part of one rule at a time. Doing anymore would simply be too difficult for even the strongest of wills and would simply be setting one’s self up for failure. I myself am still struggling to implement the rules of walking more (although I do a fair bit at work) and playing more.

What you will find inside
The Primal Blueprint consists of several chapters

Chapter 1: The 10 Primal Blueprint Rules

Learn about the 10 rules that make up the philosophy of the Primal Blueprint.

Chapter 2: Grok and Korg

Sisson compares modern man with our ancestors using the Korg family and his primal icon Grok. He used this chapter to set up the info in the next few chapters.

Chapter 3: The Primal Blueprint Eating Philosophy

Mark Sisson covers some of the basic principles of the Primal Blueprint diet which he goes into mroe detail about in the following chapters.

Chapter 4: Primal Blueprint Law #1: Eat Lots of Plants and Animals

This chapter covers organic vs. store-bought, dairy products and various benefits of eating whole foods as opposed to processed foods.

Chapter 5: Primal Blueprint Law #2: Avoid Poisoness Things

Sisson goes into the effects of grains and sugars on the digestive system and why you should avoid them.

Chapter 6: The Primal Blueprint Exercise Laws

The Primal Blueprint exercise laws state that you should sprint occasionally, lift heavy things and do plenty of walking. Sisson covers how each of these training types will improve your health and physical fitness.

Chapter 7: The Primal Blueprint Lifestyle Laws

This chapter will cover some of the hardest laws to implement. Take these slowly and surely but do make sure you implement them.

Chapter 8: A Primal Approach to Weight Loss

If your goal from this book is to lose unwanted fat, this is the chapter for you. On the other hand, I found the fat just melted off bysimply adapting the Primal method while still eating plenty of food.

Chapter 9: Conclusion

You can probably skip this chapter. Sisson covers some objections to the Primal Blueprint but comes off kind of bitter. You would be better off just getting started on the 10 Primal Blueprint laws.

What I disagree with

Sisson’s diet advocates the complete removal of grains. While I can see the benefits of this I would like to do more research on how healthier grain options like sprouted grain and soaked oats affect blood glucose and insulin levels. Although, I do enjoy eating a diet where I prepare all of my food from its initial source.

Mark recommends regular strength workouts, from my experience it’s not necessary to train 5-6 times a week. In fact if I do, after a week or so I wake up each day feeling like I have been run over by a truck during the night. I recommend 2-4 workouts a week (I do 3-4 myself). As long as the intensity is there, the results will follow.


The Primal Blueprint is a great resource for anyone who is looking to take their health to the next level. Mark Sisson is a fantastic writer who lays out is methods and reasonings in an easy to read format. If you are new to grain-free I recommend picking up a few grain-free recipe books also.

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