That statement is BLASPEMOUS! That can’t be true. We’re told to “just move”; to walk whenever possible; to “park the car at the end of the lot”; to take the stairs; and of course to do hours of cardio a week largely in the name of weight loss. What silly advice.
Let’s think about this logically.
How long has mankind existed? Pick the length. Let’s say for brevity, one million years.
How long has obesity been a crisis? Maybe 50 years?
So throughout almost the entire existence of mankind STARVATION has been the issue. The entire time man has been on earth the notion of concern about obesity would have been laughed at. (Did cavemen laugh? Got me). Humans spent loads of their time in pursuit of food. There weren’t any methods of food preservation. Kill, eat, rest, do it again. Sometimes feast; sometimes famine. This pursuit took energy.
What I’m saying is WE ARE PROGRAMMED TO PRESERVE CALORIES. We had to be. If all we had to do to lose fat was to jump on the treadmill while reading the Wall Street Journal…HOW WOULD WE HAVE SURVIED AS A SPECIES!!??
Essentially the same entity, man, which throughout history was lucky to not starve to death, now is exposed to unbelievable amounts of calories. Whether being inundated with ads, or going to the store with thousands of options we’re asking ourselves to beat our natural tendency to eat when and where available. (I’m not even addressing Ho Ho’s, Twinkies, French fries, etc)
Let’s take an example of burning calories through exercise:
It’s pretty well accepted that if you run/walk one mile you’ll burn around 100 calories. It’s also known that a pound of fat has around 3500 calories. So let’s do the math: YOU NEED TO WALK/RUN 35 MILES BEFORE YOU “BURN” ONE POUND OF FAT!!
Think about that. That’s doing a whole bunch more than a marathon to burn one pound of fat. Is there a chance if someone did all that work, they might eat a little more? Maybe be pretty hungry? By the way, how much time does that take and how much destruction does it do to our joints?
Wanna have some fun? Pick up any of today’s health magazines. Find an article about someone who has lost a bunch of weight through some form of exercise. WITHOUT FAIL, SOMEWHERE IN THE BODY OF THE ARTICLE WILL BE THE WORDS “...AND SHE CHANGED HER DIET”
The answer to weight loss isn’t diet AND exercise…IT’S DIET. PERIOD.