Monday, November 11, 2013

THE CALORIE MYTH by Jonathan Bailor

Publisher:  Harper Collins
Date published:   December 31, 2013
978-0062267337 Genre:   Non-fiction - Health
Format:  Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher - Edelweiss
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Have you struggled with yo-yo dieting for far too long?  Are you at risk for diabetes?  Are you eating less than ever but still gaining weight? Perhaps feeling a tad low on energy?  The answer could lie in what you are eating and that it may not be quite enough. In the CALORIE MYTH, author Jonathan Bailor introduces (or for some readers reintroduces) the concept of a set point—a weight that our body responds to, a weight where no matter how hard we diet, how much weight we lose, rebounds back to—often with a few added pounds to make up for lost time or pounds as the case may be. Mr. Bailor doesn’t just toss out a few interesting facts, but gives his readers a well written history of diets and practical information on how our bodies function. Complete with charts, graphs and diagrams he takes readers through an explanation of how we got where we are both individually and as a population in general in terms of our weight and health. 

Along with the history of dieting, which is written for the average person and not overloaded with jargon you need to look up, the book provides what appears to be solid information.  There are recipes along with a suggested meal plan to make things easier for the reader to get into the program.

I remember reading about the set point in weight management several years ago and it makes a lot of sense to me. As Mr. Bailor says in the book, if we were affected only by calories and not what kind of calories, we’d all be over 1,000 pounds instead of at some point hitting a maximum weight. Not that that weight is a healthy one – we just eventually get to that point.  

Some of the foods—like the green shake—sound kind of icky, but you don’t have to drink it—it’s just an option. I encourage anyone who is interested in not only weight loss, but in eating in a healthier way to check out THE CALORIE MYTH.  


This is an objective review and not an endorsement this book.


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