The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014
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“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)
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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I am not some sort of serial book nerd / diet nerd / super fitness fanatic, this is my first ever book review - I am a 43yr old man who put a lot of weight on after leaving the military. I was eating what i considered to be generally healthy food - however the weight kept piling on. This book explains why the whole popular belief of what is healthy and what is unhealthy is a myth - hence the name of the book I suppose. Its not about the amount of calories you eat, its the quality of the calories. Why is 100 calories of cauliflower better than 100 calories of potato's? My resting heart rate has also dropped from 90bpm to around 60-65 bpm. I am assured this is going to reduce my risk of coronary heart disease.
This isnt selling a diet, its a healthy eating lifestyle - described as SANE. If you follow this you will lose weight without ever feeling hungry again. I sleep better, I feel better, I eat more, I eat more often, I still enjoy the occasional glass of wine. I recommend you read this book, make your own mind up - try it for a month you WILL feel better - I did (and still do)
But when he gets deeper into his ideas, things get a bit unclear. He says that our bodies get "clogged," but never explains what clogs them. He says that his diet "unclogs" the body, without saying how. And when he talks about carbs, he makes some very serious mistakes. His diet is essentially a no-carb diet (with the exception of those carbs that come from vegetables, nuts, legumes, and fruits.) He abhors grains of any kind, saying that mankind has not eaten grains for much of its history. This is balderdash, of course. People didn't start eating grains in 1980, or even in the 20th century; grains - bread, rice, etc. - have been staple foods for thousands of years, and the agricultural revolution that led to the expansion of population, and the growth of cities, was all about providing grains and root vegetables, which are essentially ways of storing energy.
So Bailor's answer to the problem of weight, or obesity, is to eat lots of vegetables, protein, and fat, and eschew grains and starches almost entirely.Read more ›
An interesting read with simple strategies to understand your body & weight loss/gain.
By taking an approach based on hormones, weight loss is achieved in a way that is healthy and sustainable.
There is enough science to give the advice credibility but not so much that you get bogged down by it.
My only criticism of the calorie myth, is that the exercise portion of the book, for me, was overly simplistic. And whilst we are encouraged to eat in a way that is natural, the weights program is far from natural. 'Negative' reps have their place but I have yet to see anyone produce anything close to a decent physique using this protocol for only 10 mins a week. (And I've worked in a gym that had negative machines exclusively)!
That aside, I would highly recommend this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Busting the calorie myths one by one. Brilliant book, so easy to read and so well written. I've already passed it on to a friend. Buy it and free yourself of dieting!!!Published 1 month ago by shadowypsilon
This was the longest awaited missing part of a puzzle that just was not making sense. Industries and diet 'gurus ' were the only people benefiting from the ' low fat,high exercise... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. S. Judge
Good book generally - not too keen on the exercise section- but the general information is good-would recommend.Published 2 months ago by David Bradley
Superb book lots of information, easy to understand look forward to putting into practisePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Mary Cross
At last, the book I've been waiting for, I've been dieting for 50 years, have lost 4/5 stones repeatedly, and am fatter than when I started! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great scientific approach great book well worth a read and those eccentric exercises are so quick only 10 mins a week tops wThe rest you can do just for the fun of it Would... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kev Burnham
Excellent , informative and well put together, written in a clear logical way, the information here is correct and no waffle, I'm very happy I bought this bookPublished 9 months ago by piano lady
I have never written a review on anything…….but I absolutely had to on this. I'm buying copies of this book to give to my children's school as I believe the learnings in this book... Read morePublished 11 months ago by KVO