Great news: Americans are exercising more! Bad news: the obesity rate is still increasing! WHY? Being obese is not genetic, being extremely underweight is not genetic, but some of us seem to genetically lean toward one end of the spectrum or the other, seemingly, no matter what we do. However, health is not always outwardly represented. What really counts is what we are putting into our bodies.
You Can’t “Outrun a Bad Diet”
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of proven benefits of exercising: reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some forms of cancer by at least 30%! It is the described as the “miracle cure” for chronic disease prevention and management. However, one thing that it doesn’t do: promote weight loss.
What’s the Real Culprit?
You may be thinking: calories! But that’s not exactly right either. In 2017, Coca-Cola spent 3.96 billion dollars on advertising and pushing the message that “all calories count”, saying that it’s ok to consume their sugary products if you “balance” it out with exercise. This is misleading because where the calories come from is crucial. “Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger” whereas “fat calories induce fullness or satiation”. As highly-processed sugar foods and sodas have taken over as the American go-to snack, the obesity problem increases and “poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol, and smoking combined.”
Well, what about the “lucky ones” that eat junk and still have normal weight bodies? Unfortunately, although their waistlines may not show it, they are still experiencing scary negative side effects. “Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbor metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.” There are always consequences (good or bad) with what we put in our bodies- even if they are unseen at first.
Mental and Emotional Side?
Are diet and exercise all that matter? Probably not. Click here to watch a video on how A fitness trainer, Drew Manning, gained weight on purpose and found that exercise and diet alone isn’t enough.
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