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%, exercise is important but it isn’t the key to weight loss. The author also suggests that to lose weight we must eat less, here is where I disagree.
The benefits of exercise are almost too numerous to mention, but I’ll try. Exercise is a miracle cure for heart disease, diabetes, neurological disease, some types of cancer, arthritis and depression. However, exercise does not make us lose weight.
If you want to lose weight you must pay attention to WHAT you eat. Focus on quality not quantity. Enjoy almost unlimited fresh vegetables and fruit, simply cooked organic, grass-fed meat and fish and pastured eggs and dairy. Your body knows when it is full. Nobody over eats grilled salmon and vegetables. Counting calories while continuing to eat processed, foods, soft drinks and sugar doesn’t result in long-term good health or weight management.