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What if everything you thought you knew
about weight loss was wrong?
When it comes to most things in life, we welcome research and progress. From the convenience of our smartphones to the technology in our hospitals, scientific advancement allows us to live better.
So why are we still following weight-loss advice from the 1950s? Why haven't we ever questioned the "calories in/calories out" model at the foundation of every diet and fitness plan—a formula that, not coincidentally, has accompanied record-breaking levels of obesity?
In The Calorie Myth, Jonathan Bailor exposes the fundamental flaw upon which the diet industry is built and offers a new equation:
eat More + exercise Less = weight loss
If calorie math added up, 100 calories of vegetables = 100 calories of candy. That doesn't seem right—because it's not. While some calories fuel weight loss, others work against us. In The Calorie Myth, Bailor shows us how eating more of the right kinds of foods and exercising less, but at a higher intensity, is the true formula for burning fat and boosting metabolism.
Why? Because eating high-quality foods, like whole-food plants, proteins, and fats, balances the hormones that regulate your metabolism. Eating poor-quality foods, like refined starches, sweets, and processed foods, causes a hormonal imbalance, throwing your metabolism off kilter and causing you to store food as fat—regardless of how many calories you consume.
In this revolutionary weight-loss program informed by more than 1,200 scientific studies, Bailor offers clear, comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why, providing an eating plan, recipes, and a simple yet effective exercise regimen.
Losing weight doesn't have to mean going hungry or spending hours at the gym. Don't let outdated calorie math stand between you and the life you want: discover the new science of weight loss with The Calorie Myth.
"Microsoft executive by day and fitness devotee by night, Bailor, in his first book, ostensibly offers readers the best of all worlds: the freedom to eat more food without worrying about gaining weight. Drawing on 1,200 research studies, Bailor's reach exceeds his grasp as he alternates between over-explanation and obfuscation in an attempt to get his points across. Based on his SANE concept of calorie qualities Satiety, Aggression (whether calories will be stored as body fat), Nutrition, and Efficiency (how those calories are stored) which must be in balance in order to achieve optimum results, Bailor addresses commonly held beliefs about weight management and exercise in a meandering argument for his theory that eating fewer processed foods and cutting back on carbs will lead to weight loss and greater health. Whether or not his recommendations are valid his exercise regimen, for example, calls for only 20 minutes of exercise per week and his diet plan, including recipes, offers no nutritional information or endorsement from a licensed dietician or simply too good to be true remains to be seen, though the author is happy to cite third-party studies. Readers certainly won't hurt themselves by following his convoluted program, but they might do better elsewhere. 60 illus. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Jonathan Bailor has written a smart, useful guide that is easy to follow and a pleasure to read. The Calorie Myth shows you how to eliminate toxic foods that zap your energy and add inches to your waistline. It will change the way you look at dieting!” JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, bestselling author of The Virgin Diet
“The Calorie Myth does an excellent job of exposing the fundamental myths about obesity and weight loss that are keeping Americans sick. By explaining the link between our hormones and our metabolism, Jonathan Bailor offers readers a powerful set of tools for creating lifelong health.” Mark Hyman, MD, bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution
“Jonathan Bailor cuts through the noise and tells it to us straight: the food we eat impacts our biology in the most fundamental yet fixable ways. Our hormones regulate weight loss, and what we eat impacts how they function. Calories? Not the issue.” Sara Gottfried, MD, bestselling author of The Hormone Cure
“The Calorie Myth will do more to assist people with their health than all the popular diet books currently out there put together. I want to shout, ‘Bravo! Finally someone gets it!” Christiane Northrup, MD, OB/GYN, physician and author of the bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“The Calorie Myth provides a clear plan for readers to reset their metabolism and shed excess weight-not through excessive exercise and restrictive calorie counts, but with delicious and nourishing foods and moderate exercise. A valuable and transformative book.” Mike Moreno, MD, bestselling author of The 17 Day Diet
Jonathan Bailor's The Calorie Myth
is a revolutionary diet book that explains how cutting-edge science supports a radically different approach to weight loss, offering evidence that calories do not matter.
Bailor shows that the key to long-term weight-loss is not the number of calories consumed but rather what kinds of calories. Some foods are used to repair tissue, boost brain power, and fuel our metabolism—while others are stored as fat. The human body has a set point—the weight it naturally "wants" to be—that is regulated by hormones.
When we eat the right foods—whole plants and nutritious proteins—our body is naturally able to maintain a healthy set point weight. But when we eat sugar, starches, processed fats, and other poor quality foods, our body's regulatory system becomes "clogged" and prevents us from burning extra calories. Translation: Those extra 10 pounds you've been carrying around for years aren't the result of eating too much . . . they're the result from eating the wrong, hormone-clogging foods.
With its step-by-step program, including a "SANEity" scale that determines which foods are optimal for weight-control; an eating plan; and a high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise program that allows you to spend less time in the gym and achieve better results, The Calorie Myth offers a radical new model for weight loss.
What if everything you thought you knew about weight loss was wrong?
When it comes to most things in life, we welcome the latest advances in science: from the convenience of our smart phones to the life-saving technology in our hospitals, scientific advancement allow us to be more efficient, more productive, and lead better lives.
So why are we following weight loss advice from the 1950s? Why havent we ever questioned the very foundation of every diet and exercise plan—a formula that, not coincidentally, has coincided with decades of escalating and record-breaking levels of obesity?
After 10 years of research and collaboration with some of the top academics, doctors, and scientists in the field of health and wellness, Jonathan Bailor has developed a revolutionary new model for weight loss—and lifelong health. In The Calorie Myth, he exposes the fundamental flaw upon which the diet industry has been built: the eat less + exercise more = weight loss equation simply doesnt add up.
In this revolutionary book informed by more than 1,200 studies on the new science of weight loss, Bailor shows us how eating more—of the right kinds of foods—and exercising less—but at a higher intensity—is actually the key to burning fat, balancing hormones, boosting metabolism, and creating long-term weight loss. The Calorie Myth offers clear, comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why, providing an eating plan, easy recipes, and a simple yet effective exercise program.
This book will change the way you look at dieting and weight loss forever. You dont need to go hungry or spend hours at the gym to lose weight. Dont let the calorie myth stand between you and the life you want: when you learn the real science of weight loss, slim is simple.
In this revolutionary weight-loss program informed by more than 1,200 scientific studies, fitness and diet expert Jonathan Bailor offers concrete evidence that the calorie-counting model of weight loss doesnt work. In fact, cutting-edge science supports a radically different approach to weight loss and health, proving that by focusing on food and exercise quality
—rather than calorie quantity—
you can burn fat and boost health more easily and enjoyably that you ever thought possible.
The human body does not recognize all calories as equal. Some foods are used to repair tissue, boost brain power, and fuel our metabolism—while others are stored as fat. In The Calorie Myth, Bailor shows us how eating more of the right kinds of foods and exercising less, but at a higher intensity, is the true formula for burning fat.
Why? Because eating high-quality foods—like whole plants and nutritious proteins—balances the hormones that regulate our metabolism. When we eat these foods, our bodies naturally maintain a healthy weight. But when we eat sugar, starches, processed fats, and other poor quality foods, the bodys regulatory system becomes "clogged" and prevents us from burning extra calories. Translation: Those extra 10 pounds aren't the result of eating too much . . . they're the result from eating the wrong foods.
In The Calorie Myth, Bailor offers clear, comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why, providing an eating plan, recipes, and a simple yet effective exercise regimen based on the principles of high intensity interval training. Losing weight doesn't have to mean going hungry or spending hours at the gym. The Calorie Myth offers a radical new model for weight loss and long-term health.
About the Author
Jonathan Bailor is a nutrition and exercise researcher who specializes in using high-quality food and exercise to simplify health and fitness. He is the author of the self-published book, The Smarter Science of Slim, upon which The Calorie Myth is based. Bailor serves as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, hosts a popular syndicated radio show, and consults for organizations around the world. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University, Bailor lives outside of Seattle with his wife, Angela.