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Primal Fat Burner

Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet

Foreword by David Perlmutter

About The Book

Author of the popular Primal Body, Primal Mind and widely recognized Paleo expert and nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas presents a revolutionary and accessible high-fat diet for maintaining health, losing weight, and reversing some chronic diseases.

Popular nutritionist Nora Gedgaudas returns with advice that may sound counterintuitive: Eat fat to burn fat. In Primal Fat Burner, she explains the benefits and science behind a ketogenic (or fat-burning) diet, which switches your metabolism from a dependence on sugar to running on healthy fats. As Gedgaudas reveals, numerous studies in recent years refute the long-promoted anti-saturated fat and anti-cholesterol agenda. Now, “with able, funny writing” (Booklist), Gedgaudas explains the science that fat isn’t always a bad thing—if you know the right kinds of fats to eat. In her comprehensible, enjoyable style, she also lays out a practical meal plan with recipes.

Author of the bestselling Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter writes in his foreword that Primal Fat Burner is, “Wonderfully actionable, compassionately taking the reader from ‘why’ to ‘how.’” On this diet, you efficiently and effectively metabolize fat (ketones and free fatty acids) as your primary source of fuel, rather than glucose from carbs, starches, and sugars. Because fat is so satisfying, you naturally wind up eating less—without feelings of hunger or deprivation. And natural dietary fat is ultimately the key to feeling better, looking better, thinking clearer, and living longer. Discover all this and more healthy tips in one of the most groundbreaking nutritional books in recent time.

About The Author

Rosemary Ragusa

Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over twenty years of clinical experience. An internationally recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the bestselling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind, as well as Rethinking Fatigue. Her newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life With A High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet has been lauded by bestselling author and journalist Nina Teicholz as “a unique and profound contribution to the field.” Her new weekly educational program Primal Power 52 is a unique and invaluable source of information benefitting those interested in true self-empowerment, furthering their nutritional knowledge and optimizing their health. Learn more at and on Twitter: @NoraGedgaudas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (January 24, 2017)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501116438

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Raves and Reviews


"This book tells the fascinating story of how our very humanity--our healthy bodies and exceptional brains--evolved from eating animal foods including their natural fats. The science supporting the lack of harm--and indeed the benefit--of dietary fat, including saturated fat, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. In this well-researched and wide-ranging book, Gedgaudas shows a mastery of that science--and then takes it a step further. Drawing upon her many years of personal, clinical experience with patients, she explains how to take these principles into practice, bridging the gap between science and usable information for daily nutrition. This is a unique and profound contribution to the field."

– Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.

"Ready to live long, lustily, wisely and well? Then it's time to let Nora Gedgaudas teach you the "fats of life.""

– Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, The Naughty Nutritionist (R), and coauthor of Nourishing Broth

"With able, funny writing; dozens of recipes; digressive but interesting boxed sections within chapters; and a note to readers to seek ultimate advice from their doctors, Gedgaudas lays out a plan for adopting a ketogenic diet for improved health and wellness."

– Booklist

"Nora Gedgaudas makes the unique case for the central role of fat and outlines a way of eating to dramatically improve health. Ketogenic eating plans are an important tool address the growing epidemic of autoimmune disease."

– Terry Wahls, M.D., author of The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles

“This [adopting a fat-based, ketogenic diet] is the single most important health intervention we can make as doctors... And as nations.”

– Timothy Noakes, M.D., Emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

“Nora Gedgaudas presents compelling information on the health benefits of dietary fat from an evolutionary perspective. She does an excellent job in debunking the myth that high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets are unhealthy, and that low-fat high carbohydrate diets are healthy. She provides valuable resources for those interested in transitioning from unhealthy high-carbohydrate diets to healthy fat-based diets."

– Thomas N. Seyfried, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Boston College

"Gedgaudas deftly describes the link between what we eat and what we become. Millions of years of human evolution made us omnivores with well-muscled bodies and extraordinary minds that could not have developed without a diet rich in fat, including saturated fat! Read this book and you’ll understand why much maligned animal fat is so important to your health and why it is critical that it come from animals grazing on healthy land (and not confined to feedlots). I cannot recommend this book highly enough."

– Allan Savory, The Savory Institute

"This unique book provides a much-needed big picture, addresses the state of humankind, the errant direction we have all taken, the dark influence of global corporations and, most importantly, how we can regain our power and embrace a truly healthy, sustainable future. Nora makes the case to focus on what we all share: a common biological design, and a need for a food economy that restores local, natural systems. In this way, we can take back what was once ours, and what is fundamentally our primal birthright."

– Helena Norberg-Hodge, author of Ancient Futures

“Primal Fat Burner has a wealth of new information and science showing us the power of a ketogenic diet in addressing many health issues including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases, and cancer. Nora writes with passion, enthusiasm, and a warm sense of humor as she takes you on a life-changing easy-to-implement journey to take control of your health by putting fat front and center! This is a book that should be read far and wide.”

– Vicki Poulter, Director, Nourishing Australia, International Advisory board of Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation

"In terms of nutritional knowledge, Gedgaudas is about a decade ahead of 99% of U.S. physicians, who are taught virtually zilch about healthful eating in medical school. Counterintuitive though it sounds, increasing your fat intake will promote weight loss. The real nutritional villain is sugar (a fact kept hidden from us by the sugar industry!). The low carb-high fat diet in Primal Fat Burner actually protects people from obesity and heart disease. When it comes to making the overweight and chronically ill American healthy again, Primal Fat Burner is destined to be a real game changer."

– David Edelberg, MD, author of The Triple Whammy Cure

“If you want to take you brain and your health with you for the rest of your life read this book and follow the high fat diet Nora has developed! This book separates fad from fact, it is loaded with the real science, and provides a pathway to healing your body, your mind, your mood, and for relieving chronic pain. There is no better guide than Nora in this journey.”

– Alberto Villoldo PhD, author of One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Pathways to Wellness

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