Earlier this week, I received an advanced copy of The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor. As someone who is very much aware of caloric values of food, as well as my daily intake and expenditure, I was intrigued by a book that claims calories do not matter. How could that be?
The basis behind The Calorie Myth is that the number of calories do not matter, but the type of calories we consume do. Healthy eating isn’t about a set amount of calories, but consuming the right type of foods to properly fuel our bodies. Bailor explains how eating more healthy foods paired with high intensity exercise is the key to burning fat, balancing hormones, and boosting metabolism. These will all, in turn, lead to long-term weight loss.
“When we eat lots of high-quality foods like whole plants and nutritious proteins, our bodies are able to achieve a natural, healthy weight—automatically. When we eat even reduced portions of poor-quality “edible products,” like refined starches, sugars, and processed foods, we are programming our cells to store our food as fat and hang onto every extra pound. If calorie math added up, 100 calories of strawberries = 100 calories of soda and according to the quantity of calories we’ve consumed over the past few decades, we should all weigh over 1,000 pounds. It doesn’t seem right—because it’s not.” That makes sense, right? So many of us focus on that number, when we clearly need to be focusing on what exactly we’re putting in our bodies.
Along with evidence from over 1,300 studies, Bailor guides the reader on what to eat and why, along with an eating plan, recipes, and an at-home exercise program. I’ve never been a fan of dieting, per se, but believe that following a healthy lifestyle is how to maintain your weight. That said, I gave my nod of approval to this book after seeing dessert recipes. Because dessert, within reason, is a necessity!! Check out this Peanut Butter Mousse. Yummmm.