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Very good advice about diets

  • Dec 27, 2011
This book debunks the myths, lies, and hype about diets put out by many writers who offer miraculous, cure-all diets and the often contradictory messages by the food industry interested in their bottom line. It is based on numerous scientific studies, more than 10,000 pages of academic research, and has the endorsement of dozens of physicians. And it makes sense. Bailor writes in an easy to read manner and fills his book with very informative, to the point, and clear charts. He tells what experts have proven about weight loss, health, and fitness. He shows that with modest lifestyle changes people can eat more food if it is quality food, and do less but proper exercise, as small as a tenth advocated by others.

Bailor writes, among many other things, that certain foods "cripple our ability to burn fat." The diet advocated by many nutritionists of eating less actually sets up people to gain fat after they start eating again. Remarkably, eating "more high-quality food has been clinically shown to cause body fat to be burned." It doesn't cause fat gain. And, surprisingly, he reveals why the government's Dietary Guidelines is not only wrong, but adds pounds of fat.

Bailor advises eating a diet of "high quality foods," such as non-starchy vegetables, seafood, lean meat, fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese, fat-free or low-fat plain Greek yogurt, fruits, eggs, nuts, and seeds. He recommends vegetables that grow above ground, except corn because it is a starch. These foods will satisfy hunger so that people can avoid starches, which scientists have shown the body doesn't need, and sweets. They will lower a person's "set-point" and keep the person slim.

Every body has a "set-point." This is the weight that the body tries to maintain. Different people have different set-points. Eating the wrong foods moves the body to a higher set-point. This is why people on most diets don't lose weight or gain it back after they stop their diet. Eating the proper foods lowers the set-point and satisfies.

The notion that "calories are calories" and a proper diet requires the reduction of calories is clearly untrue. A six-pack of beer makes people eat more pizza while five cans of tuna and thirty cups of broccoli have the same number of calories, but people are satisfied long before they eat the five cans or thirty cups. Additionally, and more importantly, as previously mentioned, many foods not on Bailor's list raise the set-point and cause the body to require extra pounds.

In summary, as can be seen in these few examples, Bailor's revelations of the studies by scientists make sense and can lead to a healthier body and a more enjoyable and lengthier life.

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December 27, 2011
So on the calories front, is basically what the author saying is that not all calories are equal? I'm really interested in exercise, nutrition, and health overall, so this books sounds really amazing. Will have to add it to my list of to-reads. Thanks, Israel!
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Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of twenty books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four … more
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From Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, Harvard Medical School & Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
I am often asked when there will be a proven prescription for weight loss. The Smarter Science of Slim is that prescription.

Jonathan Bailor's easy-to-understand and engaging style disguises an astonishing amount of otherwise incredibly complex scientific information. You will not realize you are learning so much because you will be so involved in what you are reading. The pages you are holding will change the way you feel and look faster than any pill ever could. It is incredibly rare to find anything as thoroughly researched and carefully analyzed yet so clearly and engagingly presented in the context of everyday living and eating. For anyone who has struggled with managing weight or maintaining energy, you do not need pills. You need this book.

From Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Bailor has performed an invaluable service with his book, The Smarter Science of Slim. Jonathan has studied thousands and thousands of pages of academic research on health and weight-loss, and he has put the results into terms that the everyday person can understand. Jonathan's work is far from just another diet book.

The Smarter Science of Slim dismantles the myths that have contributed enormously to the health and weight problems that many people have, and ...

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