“Long-term health and fitness is about the quality of food we eat and exercise we get, not the quantity.” This is how Jonathan Bailor sums up the research found in his new book, “The Smarter Science of Slim. Scientific Proof. Fat Loss Facts!” The book is full of research that points to so many flaws in our current beliefs on dieting and exercise. It’s research that men and women around the country have been relying on to help them finally breakthrough their weight loss; it’s also been assisting former Biggest Loser contestants after they leave the infamous ranch.
A catchy line throughout the book and the press info regarding the book is “eat more, exercise less.” It isn’t a catchy marketing line for Bailor to sell a diet pill, a weight loss device, or even a plan, it sums up the science and research he presents in the book.
Bailor explained that the science in his book is “shockingly different from marketing and common dieting myths.” It shows that the key to long-term fat loss and improved health is in the consumption of satisfying, unaggressive, nutritious foods like water-, fiber- and protein-rich non-starchy vegetables, nutrient-dense proteins, and whole food natural fats. When we eat this way, he explains that we’re too full for dry, low-fiber, and protein-poor starches and sweets, like bread, candy, cake, soda, and juice.
Bailor suggests we’ve missed the mark on exercise, too. We should be working out to heal our metabolisms, not trying to burn off the bad calories we’ve eaten.
“Science has proven that the way we exercise to heal our metabolism is quite different than the way we exercise to burn calories. We need to safely use more resistance,” explained Bailor. “But the more resistance we use, the less exercise we can do. For example, we can’t lift 20 pounds as many times as we can lift two pounds. The higher the quality of our exercise the more we heal our metabolism, the better our long-term results, and the less of it we can do.”
Bailor has built a relationship with Jay and Jennifer Jacobs, a father-daughter team from NBC’s Biggest Loser season 11. As many contestants have, they struggled to keep weight from creeping back on after the show. Jay Jacobs explained how he eventually gained back nearly 50 pounds and was drawn to Bailor’s research and philosophy.
“Why I was drawn to Smarter Science of Slim (SSOS) was the fact that it seemed that after such massive weight loss I couldn’t seem to as easily get into a mode where I could drop weight as quickly as I did on the show, and that’s where I was confused,” he told us. “Part of it is because we’ve been told that when you’ve been a yo-yo dieter as long as I had been, and then after dropping 181 pounds in only eight months, my body was still in a state of shock and healing. So SSoS has helped me better understand the science behind how my body is working now, and more importantly what I needed to do for the rest of my life to not only get the scale moving back down again, but [keep it there for life].”
The Smarter Science of Slim is not a diet, it’s the publication of a body of research that can be easily understood and applied to real, everyday life by people trying to lose weight, manage their weight, or just live more healthfully.
“It’s important to note that The Smarter Science of Slim isn’t about ‘you must do this’ or ‘you can never do that,’ and more about ‘here’s what scientists have proven about long-term health and fitness…incorporate as much or as little of it into your life depending on your goals.,’” said Bailor. “It’s not another diet plan or gimmick. The book simply contains proven research and the reader can choose to use.”
Given our current state of failed diets and overwhelming numbers of weight-related diseases, a proven science and change is clearly needed. What we’re doing is not working.
“Eating less of the same diet that made us heavy and sick in the first place and trying to exercise away that non-nutritious diet has been proven to fail in over 95% of cases,” said Bailor.
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August 20th, 2012