Called “Superman’s slightly fitter grandad” by the London Times and a “patriarch of the Paleo Movement” in the New York Times, 73 year old Arthur De Vany is a scientist/athlete and the creator of Evolutionary Fitness, the first integrated model of Paleo diet, intermittent fasting, and exercise. A former professional athlete and life-long student of exercise and metabolism, he is a living example of what he teaches: at the age of 72 he is 6’1″, 205 pounds and has less than 8% body fat. He has lived as a Paleo/Athlete for more than 25 years.
Who is Arthur De Vany?
Arthur De Vany has been called “the grandfather of the paleo diet” because he more or less discovered this diet on his own years before it became popular and blogged about it. He explains that our genes have not changed in 40,000 years, yet our diet since agriculture has, and it has been devastating!
Dr. De Vany is Professor Emeritus of the University of California in economics and mathematical behavioral sciences who is best known for his research in decentralized, complex economic systems and is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and books. He is the author of the most acclaimed book on the movie industry, Hollywood Economics: How Extreme Uncertainty Shapes the Film Industry, and of the book on the Evolutionary Fitness diet we are introducing today – The New Evolution Diet.
“Evolutionary Fitness is the superior technology for attaining health, a lean body, and a more peaceful mind. EF, as we call it, uses methods that are true to our genes to express the health and longevity that are our rightful genetic heritage. Most of the chronic diseases humans suffer from today – diabetes, heart disease, obesity, inflammatory diseases, cancer, depression, aging – are novel to modern humans and were not part of our evolutionary heritage. These diseases are primarily diseases of metabolism and can often be reversed or avoided by attaining a healthful metabolism with a strong, lean body.”
The New Evolution Diet
The New Evolution Diet is a practical guide to eating, moving, and exercising like our Paleolithic ancestors. Dr. De Vany, an economist by training, did a great job of writing for non-academicians. But don’t let his lack of credentials in the fields of health and nutrition dissuade you from reading this book. He has applied his academic research training to this topic with good results. The book makes heavy use of footnotes and also includes an appendix with additional reading suggestions if you aren’t willing to take him at his word or you want to do more research yourself.