"The question isn't 'How can I lose ten pounds,'" said Bailor. "The question is 'How can we burn fat without slowing down our metabolism?'"The conventional diet plan is eat less, exercise more. Bailor writes, and his 1,000 studies show, that this is the wrong approach. "Does it work short term? Yes. Does it work long term? Absolutely no. You’re going to hate life because you’re going to be tired and depressed, and then you'll just gain the weight right back when you're done and be worse off because you'll have more fat and less muscle." Bailor's analysis demonstrates that when you exercise too much or eat too little the body goes into starvation mode and does three things, always in this order:
- Slows down metabolism so your body requires less fuel.
- Starts breaking down muscle and using it as fuel, partly because it's readily available and partly because it burns a lot of calories just by being there. (Getting rid of the muscle means you don't have to feed it, a big a-ha moment for me there.)
- Starts tapping fat supplies, but will do all it can to preserve the fat because it's in "starvation mode" and doesn't know how long it will be there.
- 5% milled flax seeds and nuts
- 15% fruit, eggs
- 30% seafood, lean meats, select dairy, egg whites
- 50% non-starchy vegetables
- water and green tea to drink