Jonathan Bailor of The Calorie Myth: Part 2 – video & highlights

Calorie Myth

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Jonathan Bailor dropped by via Google Hangout and shared his passion and knowledge garnered from research and studies, discussing “Calories In, Calories Out” misconception a.k.a. The Calorie Myth (a NY Times Bestseller).

Updated 9/24/14: Thanks for watching!  You can view additional deep dives we held with nutrition and performance innovators like our webcast with Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, and REFUEL’S Dr. John La Puma. 

Part 1 of the Jonathan Bailor interview can be found here. 


The highlights? 

Q: In part 1, you compared the body to a sink, and how it can get clogged. What clogs the “sink”?

What clogs your sink and breaks down your metabolism is chronic overexposure to things that don’t belong in it. It’s the daily dosing at high levels of this nonsense stuff. A cheat day every once in a while is not going to break your metabolism doing that. The body wants to be healthy. It is going to fight to be healthy. We have to go out of our way to break it down – but that is what we’re doing because we’ve been given bad information. When 60% of your calories every single day are metabolically clog causing, you’re going to become clogged.

Q: What does it take to unclog the “sink”?

You have to forcibly get the clog out. 2 ways that’s generally done:

  1. Physically going in there and pushing the clog out – high intensity, low impact, safe exercise. It’s the quality of the movement you’re doing can cause hormonal changes that help to reset your set point.
  2. Let’s call it “Metabolic Drano.” When you get back to eating real food (SANE food, which we’ll talk about next), it works like Metabolic Drano. It provides you with the raw material that your body needs to heal your gut bacteria, re-regulate your hormones, and reduce inflammation in your brain. Not only is it providing these healing aspects, but if you eat an abundance of it, you will automatically avoid the clog-causing foods in the first place. Eliminate the foods and replace it with therapeutic foods – eat a lot of non-starchy vegetables, nutrient-dense protein, whole food fats, low-fructose fruits. Those are literally medication that will heal your gut, hormones, and brain. Let your food be your medicine.

Q: What are the four factors that determine the quality what we’re eating?

I abbreviate using the acronym SANE. They stand for:

  • Satiety: How quickly foods/calories fill us up and how long they keep us full. We want to eat high satiety foods – vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits.
  • Aggression: This has to do with the hormonal response that foods cause – want to eat unaggressive foods, not foods that cause huge hormonal fluctuations in our bodies.
  • Nutrition: How many essential substances we get per calorie of foods – how many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids we get per calorie. For example: A sugary cereal states that it is a good source of vitamin D. But when it takes 200 calories worth of sugar to get 10% of your daily dose of vitamin D – there are way better sources of vitamin D.
  • Efficiency: How many calories you burn processing food. Certain foods are much more easily stored as fat on your body.

Q: What foods should i look for?

Foods that you can find directly in nature, and foods that are high in water, fiber and protein.  Stick to the 4 Basic Food Groups:

  1. Non-starchy vegetables (make this 50% of your plate), such as leafy greens, mushrooms, asparagus, cucumbers, things you generally put in salads. Eat them raw, blend them, put them in smoothies, or saute in healthy fats
  2. Nutrient-dense proteins: Wild caught seafood, humanely raised animals, free-range poultry, low-sugar dairy
  3. Whole food fats: Olives, avocados, macadamia nuts, eggs, seeds – whole food, fiber-rich sources of fat
  4. Low-fructose fruits: Berries and citrus

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About Jonathan Bailor
Jonathan Bailor is a preeminent nutrition & exercise expert &  former personal trainer who specializes who specializes in using high-quality food and exercise to simplify health and fitness. He has been collaborating with top scientists for over 10 years, analyzing over 1,300 studies, synthesizing over 10,000 pages of research, and garnered endorsements by top doctors from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and UCLA.
Bailor’s best selling book, The Calorie Myth, exposes the fundamental flaw upon which the diet industry has been built: the “eat less + exercise more = weight loss” equation simply doesn’t add up. After over 10 years of research and collaboration with some of the top academics, doctors, scientists, and thinkers in the field of health and wellness, Jonathan Bailor has developed this revolutionary new model for weight loss—and lifelong health. The Calorie Myth gives a clear comprehensive guidance on what to eat and why, while providing an eating plan, easy recipes, and a simple at-home exercise program.

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