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You Can’t Outrun a Lousy Diet
More than 1/3 of the American population is obese. This puts about 78 million adults at greater risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Although eating right and exercising are both important factors to losing weight, or keeping it off, research studies show that one of these factors is more important than the other.
As things turn out, a diet based mainly on sugar, carbs, and processed foods is a bigger contributing factor to obesity than a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, according to this study, published in the Journal of Sports Medicine, a high calorie diet will give you more health problems than inactivity, smoking, and alcohol combined.
This team of researchers looked at the numbers and came to the conclusion that, for every 150 extra calories of sugar that a person consumes, their risk of diabetes increases 11 fold. Scientists believe that simply cutting out extra carbs from your diet can be the single most effective intervention for reducing the effects of metabolic syndrome.
Nutrition, perhaps more than any other factor, is what controls the future of your health, this research paper claims. Perhaps that old adage “Don’t dig your grave with your own fork and knife” holds more truth than anyone ever imagined!
Mega food industries are currently running down the same road that Big Tobacco did 60 years ago, using celebrities and athletes to promote their unhealthy food products in popular magazines, online, in movies, and in commercial advertisements. Celebrities and professional athletes must stop endorsing unhealthy foods. Gyms, health clubs, and yoga studios also need to remove sugar filled drinks and chemically filled products from their facilities.
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