22 October 2012

The Primal Blueprint is a set of ten rules or laws that one should follow in order to get great health. It has its own website at www.primalblueprint.com which is more the commercial side of things, but all the information is available on Mark Sisson’s blog at www.marksdailyapple.com. The laws are as follows:

  1. Eat Lots of Plants and Animals

  2. Avoid Poisonous Things

  3. Move Frequently at a Slow Pace

  4. Lift Heavy Things

  5. Sprint Once in a While

  6. Get Adequate Sleep

  7. Play

  8. Get Adequate Sunlight

  9. Avoid Stupid Mistakes

  10. Use Your Brain

Now I’m not really going to go into any specifics here because Mark has done such a great job on his site. The idea itself is very simple. We evolved to our current form as our genes adapted to the changing demands of our existence. The theory goes if our genes reflect our needs and we know what we were doing back then, then if we start living in the same way, we should be living in the most optimal way for our bodies health.

Such a simple idea and yet so much of it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, something that Mark highlights quite a lot. The thing is though, nothing Mark has said strikes me as being obviously wrong. I’m not exactly accepting his word at face value, but it all sounds at the very least plausible.

Now you wouldn’t know it to look at me but I am keen on fitness. My actions might not reflect that and as I’m bordering on obese, my body doesn’t reflect it either. But I’ve tried lots of interesting experiments on myself and have gleaned a fair bit of information about what works for me and what doesn’t. The Primal Blueprint basically takes everything that I’ve figured out and weaves it together. It’s that simple.


Part of me would love this to be the solution to all my problems. Looking on Mark’s site there are countless testimonials and let’s be honest, whether you like being ripped or not, Mark is not exactly looking bad for someone in his late 50’s.

And so I came up with my (not so) cunning plan. It may have been inspired by the Mythbuster overload I’ve been having recently, but for some reason this sounds like a good idea.  I’m going to treat the Primal Blueprint like a myth, and see whether I can confirm or bust it. Here’s the myth:

The Primal Blueprint can take an overweight IT guy and make him feel good and improve his health.

And that is what I am going to test.

How this is going to work

I am flying back to the UK in time for Christmas so I have about two months between now and then. During this period I am going to follow the Primal Blueprint as best I can and see what happens. I doubt I will follow it perfectly, but then I guess that reflects real world conditions for most people.

I’ll post more as the experiment continues and I’m going to send updates to twitter. The posts are more write ups and twitter will be me whinging that I’m having a miserable time - or maybe it will be the best time of my life?

I don’t know yet how this is going to pan out. I don’t know if I’ll complete it or really what will happen one day from the next. But stay tuned because I figure no matter what happens, it should be pretty funny for those standing on the sidelines ;)

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