The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better

The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better

by Jonathan Bailor


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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 doesn’t 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 body’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062267344
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

As a personal trainer, Jonathan Bailor worked with clients who would achieve the results they wanted as long as they spent countless hours exercising and following restrictive diets. Frustrated by recommending a lifestyle that was not sustainable, he began the ten-year research odyssey that became The Calorie Myth.

Bailor has registered more than twenty-five patents, serves as a senior program manager for Microsoft, and runs a wellness consulting business. He lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife.

Table of Contents

Foreword William Davis, MD ix

Preface JoAnn E. Manson, MD xiii

Introduction: The Smarter Science of Slim 1

Part I The Calorie Myths

1 The Myth of Calorie Math 15

2 Your Set-Point Weight 22

3 How Your Set-Point Rises and How to Lower It 30

4 Eating More Doesn't Make You Fat 39

5 Exercising More Doesn't Make You Thin 55

6 The Myth That All Calories Are Created Equal 62

7 Calorie-Quality Factor 1: Satiety 66

8 Calorie-Quality Factor 2: Aggression 69

9 Calorie-Quality Factor 3: Nutrition 72

10 Calorie-Quality Factor 4: Efficiency 78

11 The Myth of Moderation 84

12 Where the Calorie Myths Came From 94

13 Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Confusion 105

14 Why Good Health Is Bad Business 115

15 How Humanity Can Achieve SANEity 126

Part II The Solutions

16 Go SANE with Your Diet 131

17 SANE Carbohydrates 135

18 SANE Proteins 142

19 SANE Fats and Sweets 152

20 The Ten Principles of SANE Eating 158

21 Get Smart with Your Exercise 174

22 The Six Principles of Smarter Exercise 179

Part III The Sane and Smart Action Plan

23 Smarter Subconscious 197

24 Five Weeks to Complete SANEity 203

25 Simple SANE Cooking 211

26 Your Smarter Exercise Program 241

Conclusion: Fight Fat with Facts 26l

Afterword: Spread the Word (and Get Bonus Content!) 265

Acknowledgments 267

Appendix A To Do before Exercising Smarter 270

Appendix B Products That Make Going SANE More Convenient 271

Appendix C The Top Four Most Frequently Asked Questions 275

Appendix D Further Reading 279

Notes 283

Index 299

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