Interview with the authors of best seller, Naked Calories

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Muffintop Makeover.  If you have not already joined our healthy living book club for 2012, it’s not too late! Just go to our facebook “group” and join in!

We’re reading this years top healthy living books, and this month’s book is a MUST READ for everyone! It’s Naked Calories, by Mira and Jayson Calton.  I have come to know this dynamic couple, and must say the world is better because of them!

Mira and Jayson Calton

I had the pleasure of interviewing this amazing duo yesterday, live on my radio show at SUN FM 91.3, Sonoma, and here’s some of what they had to say…….

Muffintop Makeover Q&A with Mira and Jayson Calton, Naked Calories

1) What are naked calories?

Jayson: Food has two primary components. First, there are calories, which are comprised of MACROnutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fats – and secondly they contain MICROnutrients, which are our vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids (EFAs) and other accessory micronutrients. Naked Calories are created when the MICROnutrients are somehow stripped away from the calorie due to a variety of different reasons such as food processing, factory farming and cooking methods. This leaves us with nutritionally impaired food, which we call “Naked Calories.”

2) How do naked calories contribute to muffintop?

Mira: Naked Calories don’t supply your body enough of the essential micronutrients that can help you keep that muffin top at bay.  For example, women who don’t get enough vitamin D are on average 16.3 pounds heavier than those sufficient…a muffintop for sure!  That is because vitamin D is essential for the production of leptin, the hormone that lets you know you are full.  But, its not just vitamin D that can help that control weight. In studies women who supplemented with Omega3 reduced their weight more than 20 percent when compared to a placebo. Additionally, supplementation with omega-3 can reduce the body’s stress-induced production of cortisol by 22 percent. In fact, in a study at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, individuals supplementing with omega-3 had significantly lower cortisol levels. These same test subjects were able to shed three and a half times more body fat, while increasing lean muscle mass.

There are studies on each of the micronutrients that prove just how effective and necessary they are to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight. I would never want a client to try dieting without becoming micronutrient sufficient first. Sufficiency super-powers the body to make any diet more effective.

3) From a Naked Calories perspective, what do you feel is the ideal diet for a person trying to get rid of their muffintop?

Jayson: An ideal diet is a diet that is rich in micronutrients.  We believe that regardless of which dietary profile you chose to follow, the most important thing you can do for yourself, is to choose foods that follow our RICH FOOD, POOR FOOD philosophy which advocates eating an abundance of micronutrient rich foods and avoiding micronutrient poor foods in order to achieve optimal health through micronutrient sufficiency. Think of it as a new-and-improved method of food swapping, rather than choosing foods based on their fat, sodium or calorie content, we focus on the essential vitamins, minerals and EFAs in the food, and replace micronutrient-poor foods with micronutrient-rich food. Rich foods are natural, unprocessed, or minimally processed, high in micronutrient content, and help you to increase your micronutrient sufficiency level. Poor foods are often highly processed and are low or void of micronutrients. These foods are full of naked calories and provide an inadequate amount of essential micronutrients to maintain health. They can even rob our bodies of certain micronutrients increasing the likelihood of micronutrient deficiency. Our goal is to spread the message that processed, micronutrient-poor foods, filled with naked calories are detrimental for everyone – no matter what dietary philosophy you may follow. Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, low fat, Mediterranean, paleo or low-carbohydrate dieter, following our rich food, poor food philosophy will help to maximize weight loss, prevent disease, and achieve optimal health.

4) Your top foods for muffintop control (fat burning)?

Mira: Your best bets for weight loss are any foods that are real foods. A 2010 study out of Pomona College in California determined that individuals eating rich real foods burned more calories than those eating poor processed foods. When individuals ate meals made of unprocessed, RICH foods they burn twice as many calories as similar meals made with highly processed, POOR foods. We think this is great news because not only will they help weight loss, but they taste a whole lot better as well.

For me personally, I start each day with a plain, yogurt that has no sugar in it, or any of that strange fake fruit stuff.  I know that my micronutrients need a clean healthy gut to be absorbed, and I want to make sure I have healthy gut bacteria promoting that absorption.  It starts me off knowing that I have done a little something every morning to make sure that my micronutrients can fight off that muffintop.

5) Most important take away from your book that you feel readers need to know….

“Your health is not something you biologically lose as you age. It is something you build or give away a little each day, in what you do, and what you don’t do.” —DR. JAYSON CALTON

Jayson: You can do it!  Your health is in your hands.  You have the potential power to improve your health and create a life for yourself worth living.  But you have to do something about it.  I say potential power because your knowledge will never improve your health, or the health of your loved ones, until you put it to use. It all comes down to one simple fact: knowledge is useless . . . unless we use it.

It comes down to the three simple steps we lay out in Naked Calories. By embracing the  HYPERLINK “” Nutrivore lifestyle and following our easy 3-step program you will literally SUPERCHARGE the health benefits of what ever dietary philosophy you follow whether vegan, low carb, Mediterranean, paleo, vegetarian, low fat etc. Additionally, share your new knowledge.  After all, we are all in this together. Tell friends, family member and co-workers that their health is in their hands. Together we can make some real changes in the food system and with our combined numbers can demand change. It is time we all make micronutrient sufficiency the foundation of a global initiative that can protect us from the world’s most devastating health conditions and diseases, and usher in an age of optimal health.

There you have it, friends, from top selleing authors, Mira and Jayson Calton.  A big thanks to Mira and Jayson for sharing their wisdom with all of us over here at Muffintop Makeover! We wish you both much continued success!

See you back here soon!

 Heather Morgan, MS, NLC




One thought on “Interview with the authors of best seller, Naked Calories

  1. Lisa says:

    Great interview and wonderful information thanks heather for taking the time to improve our lives

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