Jonathan Bailor: Revisiting The Calorie Myth – #81

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Have you ever wanted to bash your bathroom scale in with a really large sledgehammer? Bulletproof Radio guest and passionate calorie myth buster, Jonathan Bailor, wants you to do just that! On this episode, Bailor brings back his wealth of knowledge to the show and discusses why counting calories does not make your life better – in fact it can make your life worse. You’ll also hear about the epidemic of girls and calorie counting,  weight loss success rates when counting calories,  and why we should definitely stop freebasing with Oreos!? It’s a great show with tons of information. Enjoy it!

Jonathan Bailor is a nutrition and exercise expert and former personal trainer who specializes in using high-quality food and exercise to simplify wellness. He has registered over 25 patents and authored the revolutionary upcoming The Calorie Myth (HarperCollins, 12.31.13). Bailor serves as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, hosts a popular syndicated wellness radio show, blogs on The Huffington Post, and consults for organizations around the world. His free 28-day quick-start eating and exercise guide is available at

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What You’ll HearThe Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor

  •   0:00 – Cool Fact of the Day!
  •   0:48 – Welcome back Jonathan Bailor and “The Calorie Myth”
  •   2:00 – Why is it time to tackle The Calorie Myth now?
  •   4:00 – Why counting calories is bad!
  •   6:30 – Adrenal dysfunction and calories
  •   9:00 – Stop freebasing Oreos?
  • 11:24 – Girls counting calories
  • 14:30 – Marketing ethics
  • 19:00 – Trusting ourselves to eat
  • 23:00 – How to feed your brain
  • 25:00 – Success rates
  • 27:00 – Do calories make you smarter?
  • 29:50 – What is overeating?
  • 32:00 – Illogical eating
  • 35:00 – Weird calorie facts!
  • 38:00 – How to deprogram
  • 41:00 – Elevator speech for debunking The Calorie Myth
  • 42:00 – Top 3 most important things for performing better and kicking more ass!


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By Dave Asprey

  • nsfak

    Way to go on the logo placement in the WSOP on ESPN over the weekend!

  • lee

    I liked this one! Clear cut, logical, and easily applicable. I would have loved a more detailed answer on food for the brain, but otherwise it was great.

  • Tim Litzinger

    I loved this discussion. Except I am NOT getting rid of my treadmill. I agree that you shouldn’t have a treadmill for the reasons you discussed but I love running and I love how I feel when I get my running in!

    • Tim Litzinger

      And I apparently love not using commas.

      • daniel

        same subject, no need.

        • Tim Litzinger

          LOL. Ok, I still have some learning to do on them then.

  • echoplex

    I don’t understand the point made at 36:40. We eat 570 more calories per day now than we did in the ’70s.

    How do we get to ‘averaging it to 300 calories more person per year’ then to ‘we should have gained 976 pounds’.

    Would appreciate if someone would clarify. 🙂

    • Kerwin

      Echo there is some funny math there to assume that the average is ~300 calories per day, it sounds more like speculation then research. If you did add a 500 calorie per day difference over 1 year it would equal about 50lbs of fat, if you believe a calorie is a calorie. But what they ignored when they brought up this study is the idea that Basal Metabolic Rate increases as does total daily energy expenditure as you get heavier. The increase in energy expenditure moves to negate some of the increased calorie intake. There is not some crazy shit going on here, they just did not account for the other factors. A little disappointed in the lack of critical thinking here, as I usually find dave to be pretty insightful.

  • carhall

    Hmm. Interesting podcast! I was sort of surprised when I saw he was your guest. I quit listening to his podcast some time ago because he kept advocating egg white omelettes, low fat Greek yogurt, and butter and coconut oil only in very small quantities. I got the idea – then – that he was totally against bullet-proof coffee which I LOVE and which begins every day for me. Maybe he has changed (?) I’ll give him another go. Thanks!

  • Ashley

    Two of my favorite voices in the health community.:) Funny, I have a broken-down treadmill in my basement that represents my past life and it’s purpose nowadays is to hang laundry.

  • liran

    john aint right about the capitalist thing. in fact its only after government decided to intervene in diet that the calorie myth came to be. i also know for a fact that in the turn of the 19th century where there was the most capitalism in history the most common diet to be in good shape was a meat-calorie rich diet for both men and women.
    an “original sin” diet that relies on guilt has no chance in a capitalstic society because its divorced from facts. what person who thinks will prefer such diet. the only reason such diets exist is because that the government takes money from some dietitians and uses it to fund another diet.

    • Brant David

      That…uh…makes John totally right about the capitalist thing. (He’s supportive of capitalism, remember? And so am I.) You’re also right in that the government, which desires for us to remain sick and compliant, has penetrated the health market. This is called “crony capitalism”, which is capitalism perverted.

  • I guess I’m in the top 5% who successfully quit smoking cold turkey… Here’s an interesting interview I did with a researcher about a major self control factor:

  • stacy

    So what does he recommend exactly? How do we figure out how much to eat, what our particular body needs, and what is the optimal macronutrient amounts?

    • Ross

      Calories in calories out is NOT a myth! It’s a great gauge of how to lose weight. If you intake 3000 calories and only burn 2400 calories a day you will gain weight. Caloric deficit, not NUTRIENT deficit is key to optimal health. The day I started counting my calories is the day I started refining my fat loss. 🙂

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