Until recently, we were always told that whether we have a fast metabolism, or a slow metabolism, we were only fooling ourselves when we don’t heed the advice of the age old caloric-formula: 1 lb of body fat gained or lost = 3,500 calories.

Seemed simple enough to understand, even if most of us didn’t always heed the formula.

Then came along Jonathan Bailor, author of “The Smarter Science of Slim“, and his most recent book “The Calorie Myth.”

Scientists, doctors and nutritionists have told us for years that our body was like a bank account. We each had a very specific number of calories we could consume every day to maintain our weight. So in order to lose weight, all we needed to know was our baseline number. Then we could create a deficit of calories from our baseline each day in some shape or form, either by eating less, exercising more, or ideally both.

And most of us know there are plenty of great sites where you can access that information simply by entering “how many calories can I eat a day?” into Google.

But Jonathan’s exhaustive research and inquiry into tons of unpublished scientific and academic studies has pulled back a curtain of inaccuracy on what he says is a myth: there is no black + white caloric-formula.

In “The Calorie Myth” Jonathan asks the questions…

“What if everything you knew about weight loss was wrong?”

“What if you could eat more, exercise less, lose weight, and live better?”

And of course, from his perspective, he delivers the answers.

And as you might imagine, there are plenty of scientists, doctors, nutritionists, trainers, health coaches, weight loss programs and lay people who argue with Jonathan. They claim they have living proof that the “calorie-in, calorie out” model works just fine if people will just follow it.

So the purpose of this post isn’t to take sides with either argument. I simply want to put a stake in the ground and say that this topic is worthy enough to keep the inquiry alive for quite some time.

You can expect to see lots of contributions from Jonathan here, on a wide range of topics, with evidence to support his findings. And we welcome contributions and insights from others who feel they have a viewpoint that needs to be heard as well.

What say you? … Agree, disagree, either “weigh”, why don’t you join in the conversation?

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