Sigh sigh sigh. I was pretty pissed off when I saw the cover of this week’s Time magazine. For those who can’t read it:
“The Myth About Exercise: Of course, it’s good for you, but it won’t make you lose weight. Why it’s really what you eat that counts”
Now, I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, scientist, or even really a journalist. But I can tell you that that headline is fucking wrong. The way that you lose weight is to burn more calories than you eat. So exercise matters AND what you eat matters. There really isn’t a shortcut, no “eat brocoli and peanuts” solution, or “do 80 crunches a day” answer. If you want to lose weight, you either have to decrease your calorie intake to better match your physical activity level, increase your exercise to compensate for your calories, or some of each. None of this “only what you eat” bullshit that Time is peddling for some reason.
Against my better judgment, I actually read the article (well, skimmed), just to make sure I wasn’t missing some important point. Basically, the article says “sometimes when people exercise, they get hungry and eat. And sometimes the calories that they eat offset the benefits of their exercise.” So that’s Time’s top story of the week, “hungry people eat stuff.” Idiots.
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