You Can’t Outrun a Lousy Diet

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The mainstream media has been telling us for at least the past 30 years that a diet high in fat is bad for us. “Fat will make you fat” has been shouted from the rooftops and plastered on every billboard. What has this war on fat actually accomplished? America is fatter than ever before! How could this be when we are surrounded by low fat everything?

The problem with a low fat diet is that people are replacing their previous fat consumption with more carbs. A Cochrane Review of randomized controlled studies of either modified fat or reduced fat interventions all found that when fat is replaced with carbs, there is absolutely no protection from cardiovascular problems.

This is why so many people go for fad diets, believe those misleading “health” food advertisements, and are still fatter than ever. They tried the low fat craze and it didn’t work. Americans are now adrift in a dietary sea, with no trusted compass to guide them. So they desperately grasp at anything they think might work or that is endorsed by someone they admire.

One fact that has not changed is that in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. This is next to impossible unless people change their eating habits.

This is not to say that exercise is unimportant. But for most people looking to lose weight, thinking that they can eat all the junk food, fast food, sugar, and alcohol they wish and then spending an hour at the gym four times a week will make up for it, these people need a wakeup call. One pound of fat is 3,500 extra calories. Running a marathon burns about 2,600 calories.  You simply cannot outrun a junk food diet.

It’s quite clear that although exercise is important to the body, when it comes to losing weight, diet is much more important. It’s extremely easy to consume large amounts of calories in America. An average quarter pound hamburger, French fries, and a soda can run about 1600 calories. That’s one meal and the calories count will only soar higher if you exchange that soda for a milkshake or if you supersize your meal, or if you add a dessert to it.

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