By Oscar Muyambo
Nutrition Author (Diet Club Weight-loss)
We have all heard the old adage of “Eat less and exercise more” as the ultimate formula for weight-loss. Unfortunately if this notion was as effective, less people would have been overweight. Jonathan Bailor: nutrition author of ‘The Calorie Myth’ highlights how people speculated from time immemorial that being overweight meant that you are a lazy person who lacks self-control. As much as there is some truth in that, there are also a lot of misconceptions. It has become known science that eating a lot does not necessarily make you fatter. It is also acknowledged that exercising more does not guarantee weight loss. IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THE QUALITY OF BOTH. Foods that are starchy and filled with carbohydrates will make you fatter regardless the quantities consumed, whereas foods such as proteins and no starchy vegetables will make you fuller and leaner regardless the quantities consumed.
Gary Taubes, nutrition author of the best-selling book, ‘Why we get fat and what to do about it’ highlights how: as much as it is true that eating a lot of carbohydrate filled foods and not exercising results in people becoming overweight. It is also the same when it comes to eating a lot of carbohydrate filled foods while exercising. Both parties are going to be overweight eventually. This is because exercise induces thirst and it also induces a lot of hunger. Gary Taubes opines that you are unconsciously going to find yourself eating more than you used to before. It is just the way your body reacts to compensate for its energy debt by prompting a ferocious appetite. Most people who do not know the right foods to eat will find themselves eating larger quantities of carbohydrates. Such carbohydrates induce more hunger as they stimulate your appetite.
To conclude, there is a famous phrase that says: “Six pack abs are prepared in the kitchen”. If you assume that you can spend two hours at the gym, then eat whatever you want without consequences: HUGE MISTAKE! Exercise only covers less than 20% of your weight-loss. The rest is up to your nutrition. If you don’t complement your exercise efforts with proper nutritional efforts, chances are you will see very little aesthetic results if any.
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