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The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better - Dr. Sara’s Book Club #6

“Why am I fat, while my friends who don’t diet or exercise are thin?”

Eating More, Exercising Less, Losing Weight and Living Happily“Why do I immediately gain back all the weight I have lost after a diet?” “Why am I still overweight when I exercise all the time?” In my thirties, I was plagued by these questions. I had been steadily gaining weight for years, and nothing I did seemed to help. Then, when I began studying hormones and their effect on weight loss, it was like a cloud lifted. I realized that the science of weight loss is complex, with many factors contributing to who gains weight and why. It’s not all about calories in and calories out – or the popular mantra to“eat right and exercise.” In his new book, The Calorie Myth, my good friend Jonathan Bailor goes beyond these over-simplifications and hones in on what really works (and what doesn’t work) when it comes to weight loss.

You Aren’t Failing Because You Are Weak, Your Sink Is Just Clogged

Bailor’s genius is his ability to summarize more than 1,300 scientific studies into easily digestible metaphors that you will find yourself repeating and referencing for the rest of your life. For instance, he compares a healthy body to a healthy sink; more water IN will result in more water OUT. Unhealthy bodies, or bodies that are hormonally “clogged,” don’t burn the calories that come in – they store them like a backed up sink. You can turn down the faucet (diet) or bail water out of the basin (exercise) but you would be ignoring the overarching problem. The Calorie Myth will teach you how to “unclog your sink” and keep it that way, so that all the calories you consume will move through your system as easily as water down a clear drain.

Finally, Some SANE Dieting Advice

I appreciate Jonathan’s plan for lasting weight loss because it is not a diet. His book explains why most diets fail, and give you a SANE approach to eating and exercise that’s easy to stick with for life. Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight, this book offers valuable insight into related topics, such as the flawed USDA guidelines for the “balanced” diet that is prescribed by doctors and fed to our children in school. And, in addition to all the fascinating information, The Calorie Myth also includes a comprehensive food plan, simple recipes, and a detailed exercise program that requires a commitment of just 10-20 minutes per week. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in health or weight loss. To watch the trailer, pre-order the book, and get lots of special bonuses, visit www.TheCalorieMythBook.com

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1 Comment

Martin Irving replied on Dec 29, 2015

Well, I just saw the interview on YT with Abel James. I have to acknowledge I’m a little smitten with an attractive doctor that flirts so delightfully and makes a lot of sense in the process.

Getting serious: I’m glad to see that the message of energy balance and “calories in vs calories out” is not a good model and that the medical establishment and other health professionals have essentially been off base with this over-simplistic mantra that “must be true” but tells you absolutely nothing.

Finally, the message that hormones play an important role in energy balance is finally getting traction. Gary Taubes, Robert Lustig have focused on insulin and it looks like Gottfried, and others of medical background, are looking into cortisol and sex hormones and how they influence body composition.

Perhaps we will finally get some meaningful, helpful, insights that explain how the body establishes and maintains energy balance? It has come at a cost though. I now have no respect for the medical establishment. I condemn their pig-headed and conservative resistance to the fact that they have been telling patients the wrong information, insisting they are right, and never acknowledging otherwise. It’s a patriarchal and stubborn institution and I will be glad to see its demise as more sensible approaches such as demonstrated by Gottfried become more mainstream and hopefully displace the establishment. I would love to see that.

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