To Lose Weight, Eating RIGHT Is Far More Important Than Exercise

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A recent NYTimes article, To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More,  made the compelling point that exercise is NOT the most important aspect of weight loss.  Aaron E. Carroll says, “Exercise has many benefits, but there are problems with relying on it to control weight.”  I agree 100%.

The benefits of exercise are almost too numerous to mention, but I’ll try. Significant studies show exercise is a miracle cure for heart disease, diabetes, neurological disease, some types of cancer, arthritis  and depression.  For me, it just makes me feel good.   A good workout or run clears my head, reduces stress, makes me happy, confident, strong, and even proud.  Again, the benefits of  really are just too numerous to mention.  However, exercise does not make me lose weight.  In fact, I have to make sure I hydrate and eat enough protein because a tough workout can actually make me extra hungry.

Don’t give up your exercise, it is vitally important to your health. If you want to lose weight you must pay attention to what you eat.   Nutrition plays a much bigger part in weight management and loss than exercise.

This leads me to where I disagree with the article. Carroll focuses on the need to eat less to lose weight while I recommend that you just eat BETTER.  Focus on quality not quantity.  Enjoy almost unlimited fresh vegetables and fruit, simply cooked organic meat and fish and pastured eggs and dairy.  Your body knows when it is full.  Nobody over eats grilled salmon and vegetables.  Counting calories and limiting the quantity of processed, convenience foods, soft drinks and sugar doesn’t result in long-term good health or weight management.

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