We often feature paleo recipes here, as part of Origin’s Weight Loss Program.  In this weight loss program, we believe that the paleo diet is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off permanently.

Sure, the feature of this paleo recipe remains the steak. A beautiful NY strip steak that I demonstrate how to cook perfectly in the video below. Many tips there, one of which being to let the meat rest half the time that it has cooked.

But really, the huge benefit of this paleo recipe (beside the fact that it’s paleo!) is that it contains only 5 ingredients. Five.

You see, we love simple and straightforward paleo recipes. We don’t believe that cooking should be a chore. And frankly, when you start listing 20 or 25 different ingredients for one single recipe, then you end up doing a chore. Who has the time to shop for 25 ingredients (especially paleo ingredients!) or find substitute ingredients?

The second benefit of this paleo steak recipe is that it features raw zucchini. In my cookbook Eat More Burn More I created a recipe with with raw zucchini that is delicious. I included it as a bonus at the bottom of this blog post.

As an added bonus, I’m also including yet another raw zucchini recipe from our cookbook The French Paleo Burn. This time, we make a “zoodle” salad, or “zucchini noodle” if you prefer.

But I digress. For now, let’s focus on the new recipe. The 5 ingredients are NY Strip steak, red onion, zucchini, thyme, and salt/pepper. Super simple.

To cook the steak, I choose a cast-iron pan. It’s just a great tool that gives such a beautiful searing on meat that it’s hard to pass. Quick sear on each side, for a nice, golden brown crust.

Meanwhile, it’s time to work on the zucchini, which I simply dice and mix with thin slices of red onion. A bit of thyme, and that’s ready to go.

We’re pretty much done. The steak is resting. This step must not be skipped; it guarantees a moist and tender meat. Very important. it’s also important to keep the drippings from the cast iron pan, and dump them into the zucchini salsa, and toss.

Check out this video for Paleo Steak Recipe with Zucchini Salsa:


Here is the Paleo recipe for Steak with Zucchini Salsa.


Steak with Zucchini Salsa Yum

Servings: 4
  • pounds zucchini cut into ¼-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped oregano, plus leaves for serving
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for steak
  • 1 1½-pound piece flank steak
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Toss zucchini, vinegar, chopped oregano, and ¼ cup oil in a medium bowl to combine; season zucchini salsa with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Prepare a grill for high heat. Meanwhile, flatten your steak. Cover a cutting board with a long piece of plastic wrap and set steak on top; fold plastic over steak to cover. Using the smooth side of a meat mallet, pound steak to about ½" thick. (Don’t hold back; you want it good and roughed up.) Pat steak dry with paper towels; season generously with salt and rub a bit of oil all over. Grill until browned, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. (You might not get that much color on this steak because it’s so thin, but you don’t want it to be overcooked.) Transfer steak to a cutting board and let rest 5–10 minutes. Cut in half lengthwise with the grain, then slice thinly against the grain.

  3. Arrange steak on a platter and spoon half of reserved salsa along with some juices over steak. Top with oregano leaves. Serve remaining salsa alongside.

  4. Do Ahead: Zucchini salsa can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.




Greek Zucchini "Zoodle" Salad Yum
Prep Time
15 mins
Servings: 4
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1⁄4 English cucumber, chopped
  • 10 baby tomatoes, halved
  • 10 pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 1⁄4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 ounces crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cut zucchini into noodle-shaped strands using a spiralizing tool. Optionally, grate them. Place "zoodles" in a large bowl and top with cucumber, tomatoes, olives, red onion, and feta cheese.

    Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth; pour over "zoodle" mixture and toss to coat. Marinate salad in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes, then serve. 




Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad Yum


Giving you options while making recipes is important to me. Here, I urge you to make this recipe as-is. It is truly wonderful and my wife Carissa’s favorite. The pairing of poblano pepper, grilled corn and raw zucchini is a match made in heaven, and the fresh herbs and light feta cheese tops it off with brio.

Quick Tip:

To toast the walnuts, or any nuts for that matter, simply put them raw on a baking sheet, arranging them quickly in one layer. Bake in a preheated oven around 350F (180C) for about 10 minutes. You’ll start smelling them as they fill the air with irresistible scents.

Servings: 4
  • 2 ears of yellow corn, husked
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1⁄4 of a red onion, very thinly sliced
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and into half rounds
  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1⁄3 cup Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1⁄3 cup mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped chives
  • 1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring your grill up to medium-high heat.

  2. Place the corn and pepper on the grill and cook, turning often, until tender and charred in spots, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Transfer the corn and peppers to a clean cutting board. Put the pepper into a re-sealable plastic bag. You should be able to remove the skin easily. Remove the kernels from the cobs and place in a large bowl. Remove the stems and seeds from the pepper and roughly chop and add to corn. Add the onion, zucchini, walnuts, parsley, mint, chives, olive oil, vinegar, and flax seeds and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Top with the feta and serve.



You’ll learn exactly how to eat and exercise to get slim, lean, healthy, and confident in your own body. Without sacrificing time, money, or the foods you love.

This website is about learning how to make the right, easy changes in your lifestyle and get the greatest results.

Thousands of others have already changed their lives by following the simple, effective principles taught on this site, and you can too.



I must applaud one of our readers, Ruth, who emailed us last week asking for more paleo recipes. So Carissa and I have been busy doing just that: creating the best paleo recipes in our home kitchen in Tampa Florida.

We’ve had a lot of fun filming too.


Simplicity is key.

Today I wanted to show you an ultrafast, very simple recipe. We’re talking 5 ingredients or so.

You see,  I’m always interested in simple paleo recipes. Not complicated recipes that require dozens of ingredients, most of them you may not have or even heard of. What’s the point?

The point, really, is to put dinner on the table. You (and Ruth!) are interested in making dinner fast. Who has time to slave away for a couple of hours in the kitchen, make a mess, and waste your precious time. No. Thanks but no thanks.

You also want it to be delicious for everyone in your family to enjoy.  Life is short. Food is gorgeous and plentiful and healthful. Let’s enjoy great food together.


As I said, only 5 ingredients: trout (which can be substituted by salmon; or any other fish, really.), tomatoes, hearts of palm, lime, and extra-virgin olive oil.

You see, every time you limit the number of ingredients, you need to make sure these ingredients are top notch and just delicious.



Make sure the trout is fresh, has a nice color, does not smell. Remember, a smell (any smell!) is bad news for a fish.

You will want a thicker fish. Why?.. Well first of all, a thicker fish is nicer to bite on. It just is. But mainly, the thicker the fish, the easier it is for you to cook it right. If your fish is super fresh, you can cook it medium-rare or even rare. But regardless of how you like it cooked, if the piece of trout is thick, heat will travel slower from the outside in, dramatically increasing what I call your “window of opportunity”. By that I mean that the amount of time between undercooking and overcooking your fish is  greater. More forgiving if you will.



Bright, red, looking beautiful, juicy. In this recipe, these are just sliced and barely dressed with a good olive oil, salt and pepper. So it’s important to make sure the tomatoes are perfectly tasty. If you can find heirloom tomatoes where you are, go for it.


Hearts of Palm

I remember the first time I tasted fresh (not in a can) hearts of palm from Hawaii. Amazing stuff. I could not believe the difference.

Having said that, canned hearts of palm are fine. They have what we call a umami flavor, and are great with salads.


Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

As discussed ingredients are important for this simple paleo recipe. So a nice extra-virgin olive oil to simply dress the tomatoes is key. Make sure it’s extra virgin. If it doesn’t say it, then it’s not.

Make an effort to find a small production olive oil. How would you know? It’s probably a brand you don’t know, usually made by micro factories or small estates.

Taste it! Tasting olive oil is the best thing you can do to choose the one.



Here is the technique. The way you have to see it, is that you have the fish, and then you have the salad. The trout is simply seared, and if necessary (thick) will be finished in the oven.

Searing is easy. But you need to know this:

  • Make sure the pan is hot
  • A wide cast-iron skillet is best
  • Only add a little oil. Trout is fatty and will release some natural fat.
  • Make sure the fish is dry. Pat dry with paper towels if necessary, in order to remove water.
  • Do not move the trout in the pan. The goal is to let a nice golden crust build. If you keep moving the trout in the pan, then the wonderful, delicious crust won’t get a chance to build.
  • Sear the presentation down first.
  • Searing is just building a nice crust. Then the fish may need to be finished in the oven.

The salad is simply sliced tomatoes, sliced hearts of palms, that are dressed with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime juice.

I explain this paleo recipe right into this video:



Seared Trout with Tomatoes Hearts of Palm Yum
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Servings: 4
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 4 5–6-ounce skinless, boneless trout fillets
  • kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds mixed heirloom tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ cup sliced drained hearts of palm
  • torn basil leaves (for serving)
  1. Prepare a cast iron skillet for searing. Finely grate 1 tsp. lemon zest directly onto trout and lightly drizzle with oil; season with salt and pepper. Sear trout in the skillet at medium high, turning once, until golden browned on both sides and just opaque in the center, about 5 minutes. Finish in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes if the piece is thick.

  2. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, and ¼ cup oil in a medium bowl; squeeze in 2 Tbsp. juice from lemon and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Toss basil into tomato salad. Serve trout with tomatoes and dressing spooned over.



You’ll learn exactly how to eat and exercise to get slim, lean, healthy, and confident in your own body. Without sacrificing time, money, or the foods you love.

This website is about learning how to make the right, easy changes in your lifestyle and get the greatest results.

Thousands of others have already changed their lives by following the simple, effective principles taught on this site, and you can too.



I’d like to share with you my top 7 Tips To Make Fat Burning Meals.

Wouldn’t it be great if all your favorite comfort meals naturally promoted fat loss? I think that would be awesome.

My old favorite comfort meals were fried fish tacos, fully-loaded veggie burritos, angel hair pasta with mizithra cheese and cheese-smothered veggie burgers with fries. Yum! Unfortunately these old favorites brought on rapid fat storage.

As you know because I told you the story of my transformation, I gained a lot of weight, maybe due to my love of food! 🤔

In my frustration I tried portion control, and began to limit the amount of foods that I ate. This began a yo-yo cycle of eating less food one day, more the next, and never seeing the results I wanted.

As you know, over the past few years I’ve read countless books on nutrition and scientific studies as part of my PhD program. I have created my own formula for weight loss and my own program. I also wanted to give you a shortlist. Something quick and to the point. An article you could print and keep on  your fridge to remind you on what to focus on right now.

Oh and this method of eating is effortlessly keeping me to that size 4 🙂

This is it…


The base of a fat burning meal is a healthy serving of quality, lean protein. Choose from organic, hormone-free chicken, pork, beef, lamb, veal, fish or eggs.

No wonder I was gaining weight! Most of my favorite meals had very little to do with protein. After giving up meat at age 12, I spent the next 18 years as a junk food addict. Most of my meals were made up of processed grains and sugar.

Why is protein so important? Protein supports and fuels your lean tissues, namely your muscles, and does not have an effect on blood sugar levels, which would promote fat storage. 



A fat burning meal does not contain a serving of grains or starches. Yes, I realize that this goes against everything that we have been taught or experienced with dinners. Most meals are plated with a jumbo serving of noodles, pasta, potatoes, rice, has been breaded or is served with bread, tortillas, chips or buns.

As I learned the hard way, these carbs are more than we need, and end up being stored as fat. And, yes, it is possible to create fat-burning dinners that satisfy even the hungriest meat-and-potatoes members of your family.

This was the hardest part for me to get used to. Grains and sugar are filled with fat-promoting carbs, and as you saw above, my favorite meals were all carb-ed out.

There’s really no reason, other than habit, to eat grains or sugar on a regular basis. Once I removed these from my diet, and got out of the habit of eating them, I no longer craved or even found my old favorites very appealing.



After you remove the grains and sugars from your meal, add a bunch of fiber-filled veggies instead. One of my favorite things to do now when building a fat burning meal is to get a bowl, add a few handfuls of organic spinach and arugula, and then top it with protein and some cooked veggies. Add a light homemade dressing and you’re looking at the perfect, quick fat burning meal.

Fiber-filled veggies are important for many reasons in addition to the fiber. They are filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which your body needs.  They are also very low in calories compared to the amount of space that they take up in your stomach. So you’ll get full faster on fewer calories.



Ingredients are the building blocks to a healthy meal so pay attention to the quality of the ingredients you use. Fast food just isn’t going to cut it! Be willing to spend a little more on the foods that you eat. Quality is much more important that quantity.

When choosing meat look for organic, antibiotic and hormone-free. Avoid processed meats, like lunchmeats, as these contain potentially harmful additives and lots of salt. Also avoid highly processed soy fake meats.

Choose foods that are:

  • Fresh, organic and seasonal
  • Pronounceable ingredients
  • Whole foods



The method in which you cook your meal determines how many calories, how much added fat, and the number of nutrients that survive.

Don’t prepare meals like this:

  • Fried and battered
  • Processed and packaged
  • Doused with cream sauce


Choose these cooking methods instead:

  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Broiled
  • Steamed



Or extra-virgin olive oil (if it doesn’t say “extra-virgin” on the label, then it’s not). I used to always cook with vegetable oil, never realizing how harmful it was to my fat loss efforts. Unfortunately most people use harmful, unstable and fat promoting oils when they cook.

The good news is that coconut oil is an amazing, healthy oil that not only tastes great but also helps promote fat loss. Among its many benefits, coconut oil is stable, even at high temperatures. It’s filled with lauric acid, which boosts the immune system and helps ward off infections.

Best of all, coconut oil has been shown to increase metabolism and thyroid activity, which boosts fat burning.



When is the last time that you bit into a fresh, organic, perfectly ripe piece of fruit? Delicious, wasn’t it? I used to overlook fruit as the perfect dessert that it is, and instead would eat artificially flavored, cane sugar sweetened, processed desserts that encourage rapid weight gain and declined health.

I’m not going to say that ice cream and chocolate don’t taste awesome, because they do. But eating desserts like that on a regular basis is one of the big reasons that I kept gaining weight back in my twenties. By making the simple switch from refined sugar desserts to desserts of organic, fresh fruit I was able to lose weight without feeling deprived.

Let’s bring fruit back to its rightful place as our favorite, most popular after-dinner sweet. Out with the refined sugar and corn syrup and in with Nature’s sweetest gift…fresh fruit.

Hope that you have enjoyed these 7 Tips To Make Fat Burning Meals. I’m walking proof that this way of eating truly delivers results without deprivation or boring, bland meals.

I love food WAY too much to give up flavorful, delicious dinners, snacks and desserts.

My friend Diana Keuillian also is passionate about food. In fact, she’s so passionate about creating fat burning foods that, for the first time ever, she’s put all of her best recipes and eating secrets together into a full Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals program.

This system has over 100 of her family’s favorite fat burning recipes – which I use on a regular basis. It’s tasty stuff like Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Chicken Nuggets, Make-Your-Own Tacos, Healthy Brownies, Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies and much, much more.

Here’s a page where you can learn more about her Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals Program:

=> Click here to discover her Family Friendly Fat Burning Meals cookbook <=


I’m excited to hear your weight loss success story. Good luck, and enjoy all of those tasty recipes 🙂


My husband chef Gui Alinat and I were starving and about to make a quick lunch. So we grabbed our camera and recorded it for you.



how to make dinner fast

Are You Wondering How To Make Dinner Fast?

Knowing how to make dinner fast is easier than you think. Would you like…Maybe a 5-minute solution to “what’s for dinner?..  Some chef secret or a trick that could help you put dinner on the table faster than ordering take out or fast food?..
HERE. IT. IS. It’s called Ultra-Fast Sheet Pan Dinners.
This is EXACTLY what we do when we need to make dinner fast, and put dinner on the table, like, RIGHT NOW…
This chef secret is to pair tasty ingredients that just happen to have the same cooking time, gather them all on a sheet pan, and roast them for 20 to 30 minutes? Dinner done. 5 minute prep, and no clean up (except for one pan). And this is amazing, fat-burning food that everybody in the family loves.
Basically, you need to pair one protein, with 2 veggies, and a combination of aromatics of your choice.
Let me show you a quick video to show you how to make dinner fast.

Now that you watched the “dinner done” video, I thought I would create an infographics to show you how to make dinner quickly and efficiently, using your own creativity (yes, just like a chef) and without following useless recipes.

This is EXACTLY how you create your own:

Basically, to make dinner happen fast using this technique, you toss everything together in a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, herb & spice of your choice. And lay everything out on a sheet pan.
A few tips to help you succeed with no efforts:
#1 The protein portion should be about 6 to 8 oz each.
#2 The vegetables should be cut in large pieces (see photos)
#3 Use a parchment paper between the sheet pan and the food. It helps with clean up.
#4 All the ingredients I listed above all cook in pretty much the same time. A little adjustment is necessary for items like salmon, so it doesn’t dry out too much. Just take 10 minutes off.
#5 Aromatics are added as you see fit. You can mix and match. For instance, minced garlic and chopped basil go very well together.
#6 You can set it up in the morning then pop in the oven when you get home.
#7 Don’t be afraid to create your own Ultra-Fast Sheet Pan. It’s fun and delicious.

I’m excited about this and you should be too. Let me know how you like the Ultra-Fast Sheet Pan dinners in this blog post. Take pictures of what you create and send them over. I can’t wait to see what you do with this.

You see, the fun part about “how to make dinner fast” is that you create your own, and you don’t follow recipes. The fun is in the creation of your own meal.

Having said that, we recommend a bunch of very nice, super healthy, ultrafast cookbooks to help you make dinner quickly. We even wrote a cookbook we call Ultra-Fast, Dirt-Cheap Cookbook, because it’s 25 of our best recipes that are made very quickly (some in less than 5 minutes), and also they will make you save a lot of money on groceries. And of course, these are recipes that are delicious, as well as healthy and fat-burning, so that you can take out the guesswork and lose a ton of weight, or maintain your ideal weight.

=> Check out the Ultra-Fast, Dirt-Cheap Paleo Cookbook <=




Here is the skinny. No ice cream maker? No problem. This is the simplest ice cream recipe of all times: this one ingredient banana ice cream recipe is simply the most delicious ice cream recipe.

one ingredient banana ice cream recipeBest of all, it is delicious. It’s hard to believe a one-ingredient ice cream recipe could be so good.

But that’s not it. Because there is no other ingredient in this recipe than banana, well, it contains nothing else. Nothing at all. No sugar, no dairy, no flour or gluten ingredients, no empty calories… just banana.

Finally, you don’t even need an ice cream maker. A simple food processor of blender will do. So this is great if you’re in a hurry, or if your kitchen is not a fancy kitchen, you’re a student in a dorm or what not.

Let me sum this up. This delicious, one ingredient banana ice cream recipe is:

  • Paleo friendly
  • Gluten-free
  • No sugar
  • No dairy
  • Fat free
  • High in fiber
  • Low glycemic index
  • Absolutely fat-burning
  • Takes 10 minutes to make
  • Doesn’t require an ice cream maker
  • Delicious


This is how to do it.

You see, banana naturally contains a lot of pectin. Pectin is the kind of fiber that helps jams and marmalade “set”. Because of that, when you blend bananas, it makes an amazing texture that feels even better than artisan-made ice creams. Why? Banana happens to give a smooth texture that is perfect for this recipe.



ripe bananasfreeze the bananas Make sure your bananas are nice, ripe, and sweet. Slice them and freeze the slices solid. Then process them in a blender or food processor. At one point, that’s where the magic happens. The texture gets soft and smooth and delicious.

If you don’t own an ice cream maker, all you have to do is to freeze the ice cream again until serving time. It’s fine and it works.

If you do own an ice cream maker, then go ahead and give it a 5-10 minute churn to further increase the beautiful texture and make this recipe over the top.


Process the bananas

texture becomes like banana ice cream









That’s it. This is a 10 minute deal. And only one ingredient is used

Make sure you watch the video below. You won’t believe how simple, easy, and so healthy this recipe is. It is sure to please everybody in your family, and impress your friends. Don’t miss this!

One ingredient banana ice cream

Summer is coming! 👙💕 Today we're making a ONE INGREDIENT #paleo ice cream recipe that takes no time and no ice cream maker. Watch the video and look in the comment section below for the link to the recipe.

Posted by Carissa Alinat, ARNP on Sunday, May 28, 2017


5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 quart
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  1. Make sure you choose sweet and soft bananas; they work much better.

    Peel the bananas and quickly slice them. Put the bananas on a sheet pan, and freeze for about 2 hours.

    Blend the frozen banana slices in a food processor. Pulse a few times to it’s well blended.

    Keep on blending until you get a very smooth consistency.

    At this point, the bananas look blended, creamy, and have the consistency of a soft-serve ice cream. You can enjoy it as is, or freeze overnight for a real ice cream.

    If you’re interested in an even better texture, use an ice-cream maker to achieve a real, perfect ice cream.

    Transfer to an airtight container and freeze overnight.

    To serve, simply take out of the freezer, and scoop in a bowl. You can add nuts like toasted walnuts, macadamia, or almonds. You can even add some chopped up dark chocolate pieces, as long as the chocolate contains over 72% of cocoa. 


What do one ingredient banana ice cream, desserts, and weight loss have in common?.. If you’re familiar with our work, you know that we love to eat, and that we promote a great “diet” over exercise. That’s because losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. So you can exercise all you want, if you are not eating well, then you won’t lose the weight.

That’s why the recipe I just handed over to you, one ingredient banana ice cream recipe, is important. It is only part of a great way of eating that we’ve been promoting for a long time now. We believe that eating great food, including eating desserts, should be part of losing weight.

Part of our weight loss program is actually focused on eating desserts. Diets don’t work. At least not on the long run. That’s why restricting yourself and avoiding dessert at all cost will not work for you, or for anyone for that matter. Instead, we promote great tasting desserts made with clean ingredients.

dessert recipe

These fat-burning dessert recipes, we compiled them into a cookbook that you might want to check out. So if you’ve been denying yourself chocolate, ice cream (including the one ingredient banana ice cream recipe above), cookies, and brownies for years with no results to show for it, then we have great news for you… Click on the image below to have access to more delicious, fat-burning dessert recipes.

dessert cookbook, including one ingredient banana ice cream recipe

=> Click here to have exclusive access to our best healthy eating dessert recipes <=



And the winner for 2017 Best Cookbooks For Weight Loss & Healthy Cooking, is…

I hope you like to eat. We all do, but what I mean is I hope you REALLY like to eat. If you do, you came to the right place.

This is Chef Gui Alinat, sitting in for my wife Carissa.

Now, I must warn you.

Most people would say that eating is a guilty pleasure. Much too often, good food is thought to be fattening and somewhat dangerous. Detrimental to your health.
We say… “Time to go to the gym after that”. Or… “This is a heart attack on a plate”… Or we make a joke about this dessert having “no calories, right?”. Then we laugh it off and sink our teeth into that Bananas Foster. With guilt.

I wish this would stop. The truth is, eating is a joy. Or should be a joy, even if you’re trying to lose weight.

You can trust me and my wife, weight loss expect and Nurse Practitioner Carissa Alinat. As long as you eat a wide variety of foods, practice mindful eating, and eat in moderation, then you should be enjoying eating.

Even if you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, you should enjoy eating ESPECIALLY if you are trying to lose weight.

Here is why.

You see, diets don’t work. People get on a diet, then drop out. Nobody can be on a diet forever. Or even sustain one for more than a few weeks. “Crazy diets”, as we call them with Carissa, most often are unsavory, bland, and so boring that they set us up for failure. So dieters drop out.

On the other hand, if you enjoy what you eat, if you are having a great time eating, then losing weight is just the easiest thing in the world. Because for sure, losing weight is completely compatible with eating well.

In other words, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

Now, remember that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. What you put in your body pretty much sets the tone for your body shape. That’s one more reason to cook your own food, so that you can control what, how, and when you eat. It’s important.

To be able to cook and make your own food every day, you either need to know a few “chef tips”, and if you’re a regular on this website then you know you can get those here. Or, you need a good cookbook.

I’m a chef and cookbook author. I wrote and published 4 cookbooks and I can tell you this: a cookbook is only successful as long as the recipes are creative, appetizing, and they have been tested. Very important. If the recipes aren’t tested, then they won’t necessarily turn out the way they should, and home cooks will be frustrated.

Home cooks ask me all the time: What are your favorite cookbooks? Which cookbook should I buy? Any good cookbooks this year?..

Yes, tons. I do have my favorite cookbooks. I’m a professional chef and I enjoy reading cookbooks, some of them being very technical because they are made by and for chefs.

But I also have a special list for home cooking. I enjoy cooking for my family of 7. Since we’re all into great food, as well as maintaining our ideal weight, then we rely on exceptional cookbooks that give us both great food and sensible food.

You will find below my ultimate list of cookbooks for anyone interested in losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight.

A lot of the cookbooks are based on the Paleo diet. Simply because the Paleo diet is a great way to cut down on carbs while eating really good, enjoyable food.

But not all. I recommend a great book on green smoothies too. And another one on just making bone broth or on metabolic cooking. There’s even one from my friend Flavia (a new mom) that is specifically designed for new moms. So obviously, it’s focusing on losing baby weight, nutritious food, and of course meals that can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Because ultimately, nobody really wants to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. We all have a life, and we don’t need to spend it in the kitchen. I’m a professional chef, but when it’s time to come home, the last thing I want is to spend another 2 hours in the kitchen. 30 minutes top will do.

Please enjoy my 2017 selection of Best Cookbooks for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating.



Paleo Sweets Best Dessert Cookbook


By Kelsey Ale, Certified Nutritional Therapist and Paleo Baker. If you’ve never had the smell of her version of Apple skillet cake hit your nostrils, you don’t know what you’re missing. This is a FREE physical cookbook. Not digital. Hard copy and full color. Discover the big secrets of cooking healthy paleo desserts, while losing weight.  Here are some samples of the recipes:

  • Double chocolate hazelnut cake with meringue frosting
  • Pecan crumble coffee cake
  • Southern Chocolate Pound Cake
Guilt Free Desserts cookbook


Guilt-Free and desserts usually don’t go in the same sentence. That’s because desserts are usually full of sugar, white flour, and other nightmare ingredients if you’re trying to lose weight. Some desserts however, are specifically engineered to eliminate ingredients that make you gain weight, and replaced by natural ingredients that help you lose weight. That’s the case with Guilt-Free Desserts cookbook.

  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes
  • Creme Brulee
  • Pound Cake
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Cheesecake with Berries
  • Also includes a section called “Copycat Girl Scout Cookies“!

By Kelly Herring. 50 all-natural, gluten-free, fail-proof, low-glycemic desserts.

french paleo burn desserts


If You’ve Been Denying Yourself Chocolate, Ice Cream, Cookies, and Brownies For Years With NO Results To Show For It, Then I Have GREAT News For You… We’ve also chosen these easy, paleo-inspired, delicious recipes because they take 10 to 30 minutes only to prepare!

  • Top 25 simple and tasty paleo-inspired fat-burning dessert recipes.
  • 25 stunning professional photos.
  • All recipes are specially crafted to be easy, no fuss, low cost, and delicious.
  • Step-by-step, over the shoulder directions so you know exactly how to whip up no-fail, amazing family desserts.
  • 100% real food that is gluten-free and Paleo-inspired to have every fat-burning dessert covered.

Full disclosure: This is one of our cookbooks. Written by Carissa Alinat and Chef Gui Alinat.




Paleo Hacks Cookbook


When you ditch bread, pasta, rice, refined cereals, sugary foods, preservatives and additives… everything changes. Remember, those so-called foods were NOT part of our diets thousands of years ago and not coincidentally, there were no incidents of heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and other conditions. You know how Carissa and I feel about the Paleo diet (it’s great and a great way to lose weight.)
The Paleo Hacks cookbook is one of the best, if not the best, paleo cookbooks out there. The team at PaleoHacks is really awesome and professional. Also, this is one of the very best deals on the internet.

Paleo reboot cookbook


This is an actual physical (not digital!) book for FREE. And a New-York Times bestseller at that.

  • RECIPES FOR EVERY MEAL For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, including popular favorites like Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie, Texas-Style Beef Chili, and Chocolate Coconut Truffles.
  • QUICK START GUIDE Start to lose weight, improve your health, and avoid diseases right away with the Paleo Diet Basics.
  • DAILY MEAL PLANS Your total plan for every meal, including daily tips and foolproof plan-ahead instructions.
  • SHOPPING LISTS Grocery shopping is almost too easy with these customized shopping lists.
  • EASY PALEO SNACK IDEAS Over 15 quick snack recipes to keep you full and satisfied throughout the day.
  • THE SECRET TO READING FOOD LABELS Know what to look for and what to ignore in the supermarket aisle.
  • TRICKS FOR DINING OUT Eat Paleo in any restaurant with these sneaky menu options
1000 paleo recipes


Now, what could possibly do with 1000 paleo recipes?.. Of course you won’t EVER cook them all in your lifetime. But they’re good to have. That’s your back-up. That’s your chance to just come home, see what you have in your fridge, and quickly find a recipe to put nutritious, delicious, fat-burning food on the table. It’s that simple.

Highly recommended. The actual cookbooks (more than 18 cookbooks!) are too many to list here. This is huge. Let’s call it the Paleo Cookbook “bible”.

Caveman feast cookbook


Strictly Paleo recipes will excite your taste buds and have you cooking easy but delicious meals in no time:

  • Beef Entrees
  • Pork Entrees
  • Poultry Entrees
  • Seafood Entrees
  • Breakfast
  • Sides
  • Condiments, Sauces, Butters, Dressings, Rubs, & Blends
  • Grain‐Free Goodies

Every single recipe is 100% Paleo. They have No grains, No potatoes, No lentils, No dairy, No processed sugars, No preservatives.

Pete's Paleo Eats


Now, this is a FREE, physical cookbook. Not digital. The recipes are designed for the Paleo person who wants to prepare something really good, really nutritious, but doesn’t have time in the day to prepare a gourmet meal. Each recipe is created by a Cordon Bleu-trained Chef with a longstanding reputation in the Paleo community. Each recipe is simple, tasty and easy to prepare. Usually in under 30 minutes. They’re delicious, as well as nutritious. All are Paleo-friendly.





metabolic cooking


Metabolic cooking was one of the first cookbooks to really help the public lose weight and get in shape. It’s been featured in magazines like Muscle & Fitness, Iron Man Magazine, Muscle Mag, etc… It’s been revamped since and today in 2017, it’s still one of the very best cookbooks available.

Taste. Fat burning ingredients. Freedom. Faster fat Loss. Simple Recipes. Family Friendly. Desserts. It’s all within reach. And author Dave Ruel and Karine Losier will show you how to get it to be in the best shape of your life. Sample recipes:

  • Metabolic Fish Sticks
  • Mexican Beef Roast
  • Mint Pork Stir Fry
  • Coconut Garlic Shrimp
family fat-burning recipes


By Diana Keuillian. Good friend of mine. Diana was the very first one to crack the code and provide delicious family-friendly recipes that everyone can enjoy without relying on dangerous ingredients. This offer is a 7-in-1 must-have cookbook for your family. Now, as i always say, nobody has the time to spend 2 hours in the kitchen every day, like my mom did when I was growing up in the South of France (Yes, she was also working a full-time job! #superwoman). Diana, on the other hand, is also a mom of two, and she doesn’t have the time, nor does she want to, and prefers to limit her kitchen time to 30 minutes top, and enjoy time with her husband Bedros and their 2 children.

  • Stir-Fried Cauliflower Rice
  • Real Healthy Fried Chicken
  • Real Healthy Hot Dogs
  • Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ultimate Diabetic Cookbook


As a medical professional, I am well aware of the risks associated with diabetes. As a weight loss expert I am fighting everyday against the painful effects of diabetes on my patients. My book, The French Paleo Burn, helps diabetic patients regulate their blood sugar, and also helps non-diabetic stay away from that terrible disease.
This book, the Ultimate Diabetic Cookbook, will help too.

  • Over 297 pages of lip-smacking, diabetic-friendly recipes
  • Guaranteed ways to quickly and easily start cooking scrumptious recipes starting today
  • Fun and simple dishes that will take your cooking from just okay to out-of-this-world
  • Little-known secrets to effortless delectable meals that the whole family will love
  • Easy ways to transform your favorite pre-diabetic dishes without losing any of the taste
  • How to avoid icky cardboard “diabetic food” once and for all
  • The essential staple ingredients you need that will allow you to create award-winning dishes on a moment’s notice… even if you haven’t been to the grocery store in days!
  • Plus, you’ll have everything you need to lose those few extra pounds, too – good eating comes with benefits!
The French Paleo Burn Cookbook


By Carissa Alinat, with Chef Gui Alinat. This is our cookbook. It is a chef-curated, fat-burning powerhouse dedicated to crafting a new you so that you can achieve the sexy body of your dreams. Effortlessly. Because 80% of your weight loss efforts lie in the food you choose, cook, and eat.

  • 50+ simple and tasty paleo-inspired fat-burning recipes.
  • 50+ stunning professional photos.
  • All recipes are specially crafted to be easy, no fuss, low cost, and delicious.
  • Step-by-steps, over the shoulder directions so you know exactly how to whip up no-fail, amazing family meals.
  • 100% real food that is gluten-free and Paleo-inspired to have every meal covered.
  • All Phase 1 recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free for efficient weight loss.



Green Smoothie Cookbook


Look. At. That. How pretty!.. I usually get excited about cookbook featuring real, authentic, awesome food. Then I found The Great Big Book of Green Smoothies, and I love everything about it. Smoothies!.. Who could have thought that a smoothie cookbook could be so exciting. Not only that, but this cookbook is ONLY about smoothies made out of leafy greens.

And let me tell you about leafy greens. I have written so much about the must-eat greens. They are ESSENTIAL to your health, and definitely essential to losing weight because they bring the necessary fibers to your diet. In fact, eat a ton of leafy greens, and you can indulge in “forbidden” foods at the same time: pasta, rice, potatoes, etc…

=> Get this. 5 bucks. No excuse. <=

paleo snacks cookbook


Ah, snacks. Say what you want, but snacks are critical to you losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. And the problem is, we always run out of options. We recommend this cookbook to anyone who ever has cravings mid-afternoon, and is not sure what to eat exactly to lose weight and sustain weight loss efforts.

Simple, easy-to-prepare snacks that satisfy those mid-day cravings, like…

  • Hazelnut Brownies
  • Homemade Beef Jerky
  • Fig and Walnut Biscuits
  • Cinnamon Apple Fruit Wraps
paleo breakfast cookbook


101 paleo breakfast recipes by the Paleo Hacks team. Great solution to find creative ideas for delicious, fat-burning breakfasts. Breakfast is often a problem when you’re trying to lose weight. We are often pressed by time, hungry, or out of ideas. Sample recipes:

  • Cinnamon Apple-crusted Doughnuts…
  • Zesty Lemon Scones…
  • Apple Bread…
  • BBQ Chicken Egg Muffins…
bone broth cookbook


Sure, you don’t have to make your own bone broth. There are perfectly good options for organic, paleo bone broth that you can order with a click (with a 20% discount to our readers!). But you have to admit it. Being able to make your own bone broth from scratch, will not only give you great self-pride, but also turn you into a bad ass cook, almost instantly. 🔪😃
Plus, it’s a beautiful cookbook and it’s so satisfying to peruse and own. Highly recommended.

  • Over 80, Whole30 compliant, original, bone broth recipes
  • Over 400 scientific references
  • 10 celebrity bone broth recipes (including an NFL player’s recipe)
  • 10 chapters on the health science behind bone broth
  • Over 80 amazing color photos
  • 30 additional healthy products you may like
  • 378 pages of bone broth information and recipes


dirt cheap ultrafast cookbook


By Carissa Alinat, with Chef Gui Alinat. That’s us. 😊 Our family of seven lives on a tight budget for both time and money. Honestly, we have almost no time to spend in the kitchen at home, and we need to keep meal prep as affordable as possible.
So yes, I’ll be the first to admit it, saving money on delicious, healthy food, and have it ready on the table in no time is at the top of my priority. And it should be at yours, too.

These are out Top 25 Fat-Burning Recipes that are Dirt-Cheap and Ultra-Fast, to save you money and let you put awesome, delicious food on the table in less than 30 minutes. 

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