HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Jonathan Bailor

Author of The Calorie Myth


  • How to Eat More, Lose Weight, and Boost Health
  • How to Exercise Less, Lose Weight, and Boost Health
  • How Everything You Have Been Told About Eating and Exercise Has Been Proven Wrong…and the Simple Scientifically Proven Alternative
  • How to Expose and Escape the 3 Calorie Myths at the Heart of Health and Fitness Frustration
  • How to Radically Simplify Health and Weight Loss Through New Science


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Nutritionist, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker Jonathan Bailor has developed a revolutionary plan for weight loss and healthy living that he is eager to share with audiences around the country. His first book, The Smarter Science of Slim, was an international success that received overwhelmingly positive reviews by leaders in the fields of health and nutrition. Delivering speeches that are both entertaining and educational, Bailor is an ideal speaker for corporate events, nutrition expos, continuing education conferences for dietitians, weight loss organizations, and medical conferences.

Similar to Bailor’s first book, The Calorie Myth (HarperWave) is the result of years of research and presents a revolutionary new model for weight loss. Bailor urges readers to forget what they have been told all their lives: that weight loss can only happen by eating less and exercising more. Instead, he stresses eating more of the right kinds of foods and working out less, but at higher rates of intensity. The Calorie Myth offers straightforward guidelines on which foods to eat and avoid, a selection of simple and tasty recipes, and an easy exercise program that promises results to those with the motivation to improve the way they live their lives.

Collaborating with top doctors for more than 12 years, analyzing over 1,300 studies, and synthesizing thousands of pages of research, Bailor is the leading expert on using high-quality food and exercise to simplify health and fitness. He has registered 25 patents, invented the marquee feature in Microsoft Word 2010, started two companies, and founded the non-profit nutrition education effort SlimIsSimple.org. He has also authored four books endorsed by top doctors at the Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA and continues to speak at and consult for organizations around the world. Bailor also serves as a senior program manager at Microsoft. A Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University, Bailor lives outside of Seattle, Washington with his wife Angela where he works to enable others to live better through simple, proven science.

Praise for The Calorie Myth

The Calorie Myth is a proven and practical guide to fighting the big problem of obesity. Simplifying a bunch of biology while making decades of academic obesity research accessible to everyone, Bailor gives a complete and captivating explanation of the science of losing weight permanently.”

— Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Harvard Medical School, UCLA School of Medicine

“Brilliant. The Calorie Myth is a masterful compilation of nutritional and exercise science disproving the archaic fat loss theory of ‘eat less, exercise more.’ Bailor persuasively packages a wealth of research along with his personal and professional experience into an easily understood and applied framework that will change the way you live, look, and feel. For all those who feel left behind in the nutritional battles and exercise gimmicks of the last ten years, look no further, Bailor will end your confusion once and for all.”

—Dr. William Davis, New York Times best-selling author of Wheat Belly

The Calorie Myth challenges the diet dogma and offers a sensible path to good health. Bailor’s insightful book is smart, health promoting, and deserves to be hot, hot, hot!”

—Dr. JoAnn E. Manson, Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“The Calorie Myth will do more to assist people with their health than all the popular diet books currently out there put together. I want to shout, ‘Bravo! Finally someone gets it!’”

- Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Jonathan Bailor cuts through the noise around diet and weight loss and tells it to us straight: the food we eat impacts our biology in the most fundamental yet fixable ways. Our hormones regulate weight loss, and what we eat impacts how they function. Calories? Not the issue.”

– Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure

“Jonathan Bailor has written a smart, useful guide that is not only easy to follow but also a pleasure to read. The Calorie Myth will show you how to eliminate the toxic foods from your diet that are zapping your energy and adding inches to your waistline. This book will change the way you look at dieting!”

- JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, author of New York Times bestseller The Virgin Diet

“In The Calorie Myth, readers will find that all calories ARE NOT the same, and focusing on the kinds of foods they are eating rather than just the quantity of food can boost their brain power, help them lose the extra ten pounds, and create a life that promotes long term health. I highly recommend this book.”

- Daniel G. Amen, MD and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

The Calorie Myth provides a clear plan for readers to reset their metabolism and shed excess weight-not through excessive exercise and restrictive calorie counts, but with delicious nourishing foods and moderate exercise that works with their schedule and lifestyle. A valuable book and transformative guide for anyone looking to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way.”

– Dr. Michael Moreno, New York Times bestselling author of The 17 Day Diet

“In The Calorie Myth, Bailor demolishes the dietary and nutritional nonsense that has contributed to the epidemics of obesity and diabetes in our country. In its place he erects a simple program anyone can follow that is based on solid science and common sense. The Calorie Myth is likely to be the last diet book you will ever need to buy. Unless you enjoy failed diets, do the right thing—the healthy thing—and read this book.”

—Dr. Larry Dossey, New York Times best-selling author of Reinventing Medicine

“When it comes to the most important part of your life, your health, Bailor has written a book that is a must-read for knowing the truth about evaporating body fat. I am a firm believer in achieving the body you have always dreamed of, and Bailor opens the black box of fat loss and makes it simple for you to explore the facts. Read this book today in order to live your best life.”

— Joel Harper, Dr. Oz Show fitness expert and celebrity personal trainer

The Calorie Myth reveals some of the latest and best scientific research on the real story of diet, exercise, and their effects on us. Bailor’s concept of high-quality exercise is rapidly gaining support in the medical community and has repeatedly delivered clinical results which seem almost too good to be true. I heartily recommend this book to people who want to take responsibility for their own health.”

—Dr. John J. Ratey, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

The Calorie Myth sheds light on the surprising discrepancy between the way healthy nutrition has been presented to the public and the science that underlies it. The idea that fat in the diet translates into fat on the body has dominated nutritional discussions for decades. This work challenges this central idea, and offers clues about why diabetes has been on the rise, and why so many people who are intent on losing weight have found it so difficult to do so. It is an important work.”

—Dr. Anthony Accurso, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

“As someone who takes fitness and health seriously and has written extensively on this topic over some thirty years, I am generally underwhelmed whenever I see a new how-to book enter the marketplace. The Calorie Myth represents something different. Strikingly different in fact. Jonathan Bailor has that rare gift of being able to take highly technical scientific data and interpret it in a way that the average person can understand instantly. But most importantly, he is able to take that mountain of scientific data and divine the practical and simple direction it is pointing to in terms of advancing human health and fitness. The book you are holding in your hands can be said to represent the thinking person’s guide to exercise and diet in the twenty-first century. No fads. No gimmicks.”

—John Little, author of Max Contraction Training; coauthor of Body by Science

“Revolutionary. Thoroughly researched, rigorously simplified, and downright fun, Bailor’s work stands head-and-shoulders above the mass of fat loss myths lining bookstore shelves. In his surprising and scientifically sound exposé of the modern fat loss mythology, Bailor reveals the sources of our fat loss struggles and provides straightforward, practical solutions. Everyone, and I mean everyone, will learn and laugh a lot while reading The Calorie Myth.”

—Dr. Jan Fridén, Distinguished Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

“WOW! This book will blow your mind and is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn how to be healthy the twenty-first-century way. In The Calorie Myth, Bailor exposes the dietary myths of why we as a nation are still overweight despite years of best-selling diet books. Calories, fat, exercise and hormones—it is all in this book and finally someone got it right. The diabesity epidemic stops here.”

—Dr. Fred Pescatore, author of The Hamptons Diet

The Calorie Myth redefines and updates the science of weight loss and bravely takes on long held beliefs about body change. This book provides a groundbreaking paradigm shift for all of those who have struggled with weight loss. I have used this science in my clinic for years. It gets results and changes lives.”

—Jade Teta, ND, CSCS, author of The New ME Diet

“Poignant, applicable and easy to read, Bailor’s relevant work couldn’t have come at a better time. If you’ve struggled with weight loss, this could be the magic bullet you’re looking for.”

—David Barr, CSCS, CISSN; contributor to Muscle & Fitness; editor in chief of Strength and Science

“In The Calorie Myth, Bailor entertains as much as he educates. Simplifying and integrating an amazing amount of important scientific and clinical research, Bailor presents a well-conceived, well-researched and well-written book, in addition to a very sensible, practical, and successful approach to losing fat. This book will undoubtedly change the way you think and look, while keeping you smiling all along the way.”

—Dr. Wayne Westcott, Director of Quincy College Fitness Research; author of Get Stronger, Feel Younger

The Calorie Myth is the go-to source for all that is practical, realistic, and effective when it comes to weight loss. Bailor brilliantly brings together all the outdated myths (i.e., eat less, exercise more) and dispels them one at a time in a fun, easy to understand way. This book changes the future of permanent weight loss forever!”

—Cynthia Pasquella, CHLC, CWC; board certified clinical nutritionist

“This is not just another diet book. Bailor has assembled a wealth of scientific evidence showing how our ‘healthy’ diet and exercise obsession are making us fat and sick. The Calorie Myth is a scientifically backed, paradigm shifting, and entertaining exposé that disproves our basic ideas of eating and exercise. If you buy one health book this decade, make it The Calorie Myth.”

—Marion G. Volk, MHSc; obesity researcher

The Calorie Myth says it all! As a former athlete and NFL referee it was—and still is—my goal to be in the best physical condition possible. It takes discipline and effort, but with the plan that author Bailor presents, obtaining and maintaining your best physical being is achievable.”

—Dr. Jim Tunney, author of It’s the Will, Not the Skill

The Calorie Myth is both fun and informative. It challenges the central dogma of diet and weight control and provides a sensible alternative to the current less food, more exercise strategy. Bailor provides a compelling, simple, and practical solution to the challenge of obesity.”

—Dr. Steve Yeaman, Deputy Director of the Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University