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The Calorie Myth

Here are three critically important facts about sustainable weight loss from Jonathan Bailor’s terrific new book The Calorie Myth — an essential read for anyone interested in this topic.

3 Facts About Sustainable Weight Loss

1. Studies show that when it comes to losing body fat, eating less (restricting calories) is worse than doing nothing. Why, asks Bailor? “After our body survives starvation, its number one priority is storing all the body fat it lost and then protecting us from starving in the future. It does that by storing additional body fat. Researcher’s call this ‘fat super accumulation’ and they believe it is a primary trigger for ‘relapsing obesity.’”

2. At least one in four Americans is insulin resistant. All that extra insulin creates a hormonal clog in our bodies and causes our weight set-point to creep up. What’s more, writes Bailor, “no matter how resistant other tissues become to insulin, our fat tissue is always receptive. While that is technically good because it keeps insulin resistance from killing us (it prevents toxically high levels of blood sugar), it can prevent us from losing weight. We end up with more body fat and no ability to burn it.”

3. “Body-fat storage is not caused by eating a lot of food. Body-fat storage is triggered as a response to eating food that causes us to have more glucose in our bloodstream than we can use at one time … The distinction between ‘a lot of food’ and ‘a lot of glucose right now’ is important.”

TELL US: What sustainable weight-loss strategies have helped you maintain the results for the long-term? Comment below or tweet us at @ExperienceLife. 

Laine Bergeson is an Experience Life senior editor. 

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