If you’re struggling to gain weight, lose weight, or simply feel better despite working out and eating “right,” there are a few myths about health that may be keeping you stuck.
The information shared today comes from an exclusive interview with Jonathan Bailor. Jonathan is a New York Times bestselling author, wellness expert, and Founder of the Metabolic Healing and Diabesity Treatment Company, SANE Solution. He has also produced and stars in the new production, Better, which debunks the myth that the only way to lose weight is to starve your body. The film focuses on the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes, called diabesity. Jonathan’s work has been endorsed by top doctors and scientists from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA.
But that’s not where his story starts. As a child, he was naturally thin. After being bullied repeatedly, Jonathan went on a mission to gain weight so that he felt empowered to protect himself. Despite eating 6,000 calories a day, he still struggled to gain weight. Years later he became a personal trainer working with people with the opposite problem – they wanted to lose weight.
After working with one client who was exercising regularly, staying at the recommended 1200 daily calorie limit, and still couldn’t lose weight, he started to ask questions. If he couldn’t gain weight by eating more and she couldn’t lose weight by eating less, there must be a missing piece to the puzzle and he was determined to find out what it was.
After becoming obsessed with the research, he discovered that despite all the controversial information on the internet, most true researchers agree on the fundamentals of health. Today, Jonathan is committed to sharing that important information with the world so that we can all be healthier.
Busting The Calorie Myth
Jonathan had grown up to believe that calories in and calories burned determined your weight but soon discovered that it is not that simple. All calories are NOT created equal. Jonathan gave the example of sitting down with two glasses of clear liquid; one glass is filled with water and the other with lighter fluid.
They look the same, they’re both clear, both 8oz, but the effects on the body are radically different because what’s in the glasses is what counts. Calories measure volume, NOT how nutrient-dense the food is or how the body will be able to use them.
For most people who are struggling, it has a lot to do with how their body reacts differently to the input. It’s not an effort issue, it’s one of these three types of problems causing your weight or health issues.
- The Neurological Problem
- The Gastrointestinal Problem
- The Hormonal Problem
The way to heal these issues and get the results that you want starts with what you’re putting in your body.
The SANE Solution For Choosing Foods For Better Health
This is a unifying framework derived from researchers who have agreed on the fundamentals of what makes up a healthy diet.
S – Satiety – how long a food will keep you full (Example Pringles. They tell you in their slogan that the calories in this food will make you hungrier.)
A – Aggression – the hormonal impact of the food (Certain foods will spike your blood sugar higher than others such as a sugary donut over celery)
N – Nutrition – what is available in the food for your body to use (300 calories of broccoli is NOT the same as 300 calories of Mountain Dew)
E – Efficiency – How well the body can use the calories. (This has to do with the macro-nutrients fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Each one is used differently by the body. For example, proteins cannot be stored as fat. They are used to build muscle and pass quickly through the body. This is why higher protein diets typically result in long-term weight loss.
Using this unifying framework to look at what is the most satisfying, the least aggressive, the most nutritious, and the least efficient at being converted into fat, we can define the quality of a calorie. And if we translate that into a grocery store shopping list, it’s very simple. Think four food groups in this order – nonstarchy vegetables, nutrient-dense proteins, whole food fats, and low fructose fruits.
The best way to do that is to use as many foods as you can in their whole form. So, for example, you’ll hear a lot of talk about like olive oil is good for you. It might be, but doesn’t it stand to reason that whole olives are even better for you because whole olives contain everything? Researchers agree that eating food in its whole natural form is better for you than the processed equivalent.
To learn more about the SANE Solution, check out Jonathan’s new documentary, BETTER at www.BetterMovie.com.
This documentary pulls together over a decade of compiling research, interviewing 20+ Harvard Medical Doctors, talking to patients who have changed their eating habits, and so much more to help YOU live better.