Simple Paleo Wisdom for Complex Modern Times

Welcome to the Ancestral Minimalist. I’m John Fotheringham, an author, entrepreneur, and certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP®) on a mission to help men lose body fat, increase muscle, boost libido, sleep better, and better manage stress using the power of minimalism and ancestral wisdom.

Measurement Matters, But Measuring the Right Things Matters More

As the late great Peter Drucker famously said, “What gets measured gets managed.” And that is certainly true when it comes to transforming your body from fat to lean and weak to strong. But what you measure is extremely important, and the sad truth is that most people measure the wrong things.

How Can You Lose Belly Fat?

If you spend any time outside of a cave, you will be bombarded with sleazy marketing messages about workouts, machines, and supplements promising to help you “shed pesky belly fat” and “build rock-hard abs”. These gimmicks really piss me off because they rely on two misconceptions that are as common as they are wrong: 1) The belief that exercise is an effective way to lose body fat. (It isn’t.) 2) The belief that you can lose fat from just one specific part of your body. (You can’t.) There ARE effective ways to get rid of excess body fat, but you first must forget most of what you’ve been led to believe about fat loss, nutrition, and exercise…

“Common” Does Not Mean “Normal”

Pop Quiz: What do excess body fat, heart burn, constipation, eczema, insomnia, and depression have in common?
Answer: They are all “common” health woes today that were anything but “normal” through most of our evolutionary history. And they are all caused―or at least worsened―by poor food and lifestyle choices.

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