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The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better Hardcover – 16 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Wave; 1 edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062267337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062267337
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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This book goes much further than just busting the myths about the "eat less, exercise more" treadmill that fails us over and over.... It also opens up the way to a new reality of lasting natural health and fitness, based on the scientific facts about how our bodies actually work. Jonathon Bailor deserves a Nobel Prize for the decade and more he has devoted to sifting through the deep science to bring us the truth, presented here in a clear way that is a joy to read. And it is all distilled into a Five Week Plan that anyone can implement. A true labour of love ... and I love it! Thank you, Jonathon.
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I have been reading this book flat out since it arrived this morning, I pre-ordered in december! I have been following Jonathan Bailor's Smarter Science of Slim program since October 2013. In the first month of eating more, and feeling fuller all day I lost 4 inches off my waist. This book explains how and why!
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)
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This book presents a lot of useful information about why calories are not all the same, which many authors have written about in recent years (I think the first general-public book on the topic was Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories), explaining why it's not enough to eat less and exercise more to lose weight. Bailor also explains the set point theory, which tells how one's body weight stays around a certain range as homeostasis prevents us from losing weight, or from gaining too much. And as many have pointed out recently, it's the US government's food pyramid of 1980, which told us to eat more carbs and less fat, that could be the main cause of the obesity epidemic.

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.
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I only read this as it was mentioned on a blog by Dr. Briffa whose other books I'd enjoyed. I made it through but it was a little tougher than I expected as the style is very "American" which grated with me, but most of the content was good. The balance between the actual science & the quasi science sometimes weighs too heavily on the quasi, but generally good points, well made & enough of it has stuck for me to keep checking the "sane" levels of my food so it can't be all bad. Personally, I didn't need the recipes, but some may like them. However, the exercise regimes were very good, simple & effective (it would seem).

An interesting read with simple strategies to understand your body & weight loss/gain.
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Like just about every other book on nutrition, the calorie myth encourages people to eat more natural foods and to stop eating crap. This book goes a step further though and explains the importance of lowering the metabolic set point for long term weight loss and I think that this is where this book shines.

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
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