Since the 1970s we have been told to eat less and exercise more. Today, nearly half of all women and a third of all men are following some diet plan, and studies from the University of Southern Denmark show we have significantly increased the amount of exercise we get. In other words, we have taken the â€œeat less, exercise moreâ€ theory to heart.
Here is what that has done to our hearts (and waistlines)1
Judging by these results, attempting to eat less and exercise more is not effective. Researcher S.C. Wooley from the University of Cincinnati wrote: â€œThe failure of [heavy] people to achieve a goal they seem to wantâ€”and to want almost above all elseâ€”must now be admitted for what it is: a failure not of those people but of the methods of treatment that are used.â€2
Hundreds of the most brilliant academic health and fat loss researchers from around the world agree with Dr. Wooley. Albert Stunkard at the University of Pennsylvania said: â€œHow may the medical profession regain its proper role in the treatment of obesity? We can begin by looking at the situation as it exists and not as we would like it to beâ€¦ If we do not feel obliged to excuse our failures, we may be able to investigate them.â€3
Why should you and I care?
Those same scientists have released thousands of pages of revolutionary fat-loss research over the past few decades. The only catch has been that the research was accessible only to academics. Fortunately, The Smarter Science of Slim simplifies the last forty years of fat-loss facts so you can use them for your own benefit.
Letâ€™s take the example ofÂ The Calories In â€“ Calories Out theory of weight loss.
This theory has been proven wrong in study after study, but you do not need to wade through all those facts. All you need is some plain common sense. A pound of body fat contains 3,500 calories. Cutting a measly 100 caloriesâ€”less than one cup of reduced-fat milkâ€”per day would cut 365,000 calories over ten years. If Calories In â€“ Calories Out is correct, a 150-pound woman who drinks one less cup of reduced-fat milk per day will lose 104 pounds and weigh 46 pounds ten years later. That is absurd.
Or take the classic myth: a calorie is a calorie.
Researchers have discovered that calorie quality varies wildly. High-quality calories from non-starchy vegetables, lean protein, and natural fats trigger hormones that cause our body to burn fat. Low-quality calories from starches and sweets trigger hormones that cause our body to store fat. According to clinical studies, by eating more high-quality calories we burn more body fat.
Here is another old weight loss myth: calories are all that matter.
Scientists know that is false. Take the simple example of diabeticsâ€”people who cannot effectively get energy into their cells because they are missing the hormone insulin. Why are they injecting themselves with the hormone insulin if calories are all that matter? Hormonesâ€”not how much we eat or exerciseâ€”determine whether we are burning or storing body fat.
The good news:
Once you have empowered yourself with proven fat-loss facts, your body will burn fat automatically. Does that sound too good to be true? Have you ever met anyone who eats as much as they want, does not exercise, and still stays skinny? Put differently, have you ever met anyone whoâ€™s body burns fat for them automatically? We all have. So the question is not: â€œIs automatic lifelong fat loss possible?â€ Millions of naturally thin people have already demonstrated that it is.
The question is: â€œHow can you and I burn fat automatically, like naturally thin people?â€
Researchers have revealed a simple and surprising answer: Eat more. Exercise less. Smarter.
1,100 studies worth of proof and the â€œhow toâ€ details are covered in the single largest scientific analysis of long-term fat loss and health ever conducted, and the only health and fitness book endorsed by the world-wide scientific community (e.g. Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins, UCLA, etc.): The Smarter Science of Slim. I hope it improves your life as much as it has improved mine and so many othersâ€™.
1. Â Â A sampling of supporting research:
2. Â Wooley SC, Garner DM. Dietary treatments for obesity are ineffective. BMJ. 1994 Sep 10;309(6955):655-6. PubMed PMID: 8086992; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2541482.
3. Â Stunkard, A., and M. McClaren-Hume. 1959. â€œThe Results of Treatment for Obesity: A Review of the Literature and a Report of a Series.â€ Archives of Internal Medicine. Jan.;103(I):79-85.