2014 Book Goal: 52 (mostly non-fiction)
2014 Books Read: 69 (91% non-fiction)

The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Live Better by Jonathan Bailor is a pretty dense book. That is to say that it isn’t light and fluffy ie. easy to understand.  You really have to read, think and reflect. At least I did.

It starts by taking everything you have been taught about diet and exercise and tossing it right out the window.  Bailor’s assertion is that the calorie is quite possibly the worst criteria for judging diet or exercise.  It isn’t about he number of calories. Instead, it is the quality of calories that matter.

In addition, Bailor claims one can change their body’s set point again by changing the quality of the food choices.  These changes ‘unclog’ our natural systems and help us to become lean.

I like the emphasis on moving from a carbohydrate laden diet to one rich in protein and vegetables. It all makes sense.

It seems as though the entire diet/weight loss industry is finally getting around to the fact that meat, fat and cheese are not the villains the FDA portrayed them as.  The country had a vested interest in getting us to eat carbohydrates (they are cheap) but it appears the information was there all along.

by Chris Doelle

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