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  • Feb 11, 2012
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I have a problem with chorizo. A problem in the junkie, I-get-it-on-all-my-burritos-because-I-can’t-get-enough sense. And food in general; like most Chicagoans, I love me some deep dish pizza, and I’m pretty enamored with our beef-and-sausage combo sandwiches—the perfect meal for the indecisive food addict. So I tend to eat more or less what I want, trying not to feel bad about this annoying bit of belly fat that sticks around inside my body like a developmentally challenged baby kangaroo. And go to the gym like a madman to feel like it’s all OK, to make myself think the six-pack is hiding just beneath the kangaroo pouch, once I can boost my calorie-burning to Michael-Phelpsian levels.

Enter The Smarter Science of Slim.

It’s a worthy addition to the available literature on nutrition. It demolishes many of the conventional simplistic weight-loss formulations, particularly the widely-held view that all calories are equal and that weight loss is a simple question of consuming fewer calories and burning more. Various government agencies and health experts have drilled that simple formula into our heads through rote repetition, often acting like an angry teacher trying to explain addition to recalcitrant first-graders. The only problem is that it doesn’t work. Like simple addition, it’s too limited of a tool to model all the complicated behaviors of the human body’s various metabolic systems and the greatly varied ways in which calories are ingested. Bailor convincingly cites studies showing that more calories do not automatically equal more weight; it depends on the type of calories, and how they affect the fat metabolism system. Similarly, fewer calories do not always lead to long-term weight loss; indeed, dieting this way eventually triggers the body to store more fat and deprive itself of muscle, as these are the strategies evolution dictated for long-term survival when starvation was a real risk.

In place of the flawed-but-simple arithmetic of calorie addition and subtraction, this book offers a more complicated analysis—a smarter formula to determine what makes us fat and what makes us thin. Depending on how much you’ve studied ahead, it isn’t entirely new material; his conclusions on diet are rather similar to proponents of the Cro-Magnon diet, who point out that our bodies aren’t well adapted to the starches and sugars that are the frequent byproducts of civilization’s farming methods. And his exercise theories are relatively similar to the relative renegades of Crossfit, who generally advocate unpredictable exercises of shorter duration to keep the muscles at a high rate of metabolism. Still, it’s a worthwhile read, guaranteed to teach all but the most up-to-date nutritionist something new.

On the minus side, Bailor can be as repetitive as the Agriculture-Department bureaucrats whose Food Plates he’s smashed, and the food-industry pharohs whose pyramids he’s toppled. (He particularly emphasizes the importance of plain Greek yogurt, presumably trying to get through the thick skulls of Neanderthals like myself who are buying sweetened Chobani flavors like it’s going out of style, which it probably is.) It’s hard to fault his tactics on this topic, though. As much as we like to pretend otherwise, human beings make most of their decisions based on emotion rather than reason. (Read Descartes’ Error if you don’t believe me, or Stuart Sutherland’s Irrationality.) And few things produce stronger emotions than the hourly ebb and flow of our blood sugar levels, or the daily rise and fall of exercise-produced endorphin levels, or the weekly high points of satiety that come after favorite meals with friends. It takes a while for logic to overcome so much emotion. Thanks to Bailor’s book, I know on an intellectual level, perhaps better than ever, what I need to do if I ever really want to rid myself of this nagging bit of belly fat. Now if I can only put down this burrito…

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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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