Recently I happened to stumble across an article from a respected media outlet touting how exercise makes you fat.
Now my main focus is primarily pain management and increasing functional strength and mobility which through the activities you use to achieve this you see a natural by product of weight loss, so I would be inclined to wholeheartedly disagree with that statement.
The very concept that exercise makes you fat is such utter nonsense I could not sit here and keep my mouth shut about it. One of the points of the article I read is that what you eat pretty much controls whether you or fat or not, and I actually agree with that.
You can’t consume doughnuts, twinkies, dingdongs, processed frozen dinners loaded with common table salt, or your favorite high sugar snack and wash it down with a your favorite beer while you work out like a maniac for 90 minutes a day and still expect to lose weight.
Or is it really that simple? The author game dingdong online of this article claims to have cut out the favorite deserts and was eating well.
But was he really? Or did he just THINK he was. There are all kind of additives in our foods that unknowingly make us fat.
Was he eating his salads with a dressing with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving sourced from high fructose corn syrup and pouring enough dressing in to count for 4 servings? Maybe he was adding dried cranberries to his salad worth 25 grams of sugar per serving on top of the equivalent of the 4 servings of dressing.
Was he really cutting down on his cheat sweets as he claimed? The article doesn’t really make that clear so we will never know, but in my experience this article exemplifies the fact that people THINK they are eating well but they are not, then wonder why they keep getting the same old lack of results.
The article also goes on to say as it’s main point that exercise makes you hungry, therefore when you exercise you will eat more, and because you eat more you will not burn fat.
Of course you will get hungry after exercise. That is the time to feed your body some lean protein, NATURAL carbs and fiber.
If you eat what the author apparently hints he loves to shovel down his throat, yes, you will stay fat or get fatter.
While I’ve never credited the mainstream media with having any kind of real common sense, the mainstream media is run by many of the same people who have been told the wrong things about diet and exercise, and believe what they have been told is correct.
The article I’m referring to is a blatant example how modern technology which can be a blessing, can also help hurt us by helping spread the wrong information.
So we have to be very skeptical about what we read in the mainstream media. Sometimes they will sneak something decent under the radar here and there but usually with the condition that “more research is needed” and that no real conclusive evidence has yet been found when they do publish something good.
When it comes to eating right for weight loss with exercise you don’t have to know everything, just follow a few simple rules to start with and combined with your exercise you typically see results. These are:
1) Cut down all forms of sugar from your diet. You should try to consume less than 10 grams of sugar per meal, avoid corn syrup based sugars, and if you do consume a bit more than 10 grams, make sure its from natural sources such as natural fruits, not processed fruit products like dried cranberries
2) Consume lean proteins and natural carbs. Fruits and vegetables fall into natural carbs, lean proteins such as chicken, lean beef, you can even use quality protein supplements.
3) Stay away from refined, processed carbs, this includes things like processed pasta (lasagna, spaghetti noodles, etc.)
4) Reduce your salt content to the absolute minimum. One of the best ways to do that is to stay away from all pre packaged, processed, boxed dinners. If it comes in a box and you have to microwave it, you should kick it out of your diet. It is a common belief our bodies need salt, and they do, but common table salt is not only overly consumed, it is not that great for the body. There are alternatives but that is a whole separate article in itself. To start just cut down common salt consumption as much as possible.
Follow these simple, basic rules as a starting point and exercise well and you will be pleased with the results.
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