Exercise or Diet for Weight Loss?

We’ve all seen it. Folks dressed up in their sweat suit walking, jogging, biking in an effort to slim down and lose a few pounds. I’m sorry to say it, but it just won’t work. It takes nearly a mile of walking to burn off the calories in one slice of bread. The math just is not in your favor. 

What is in your favor is reducing your calories through a proper diet. And it’s not complicated. Simply don’t eat crap and avoid alcohol  If it comes through your car window or has a label on it…don’t eat it.Your diet should be made up mostly of Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds (GBOMBS). 

And while I am a whole-foods, plant-based advocate, that does not mean you have to be. Just avoid the crap as I said earlier. Here are some examples. Fried foods…avoid them. A potato for example has 100 calories if eaten alone, but the same potato as french fries or with butter can easily amount to over 500 calories. Second, avoid dairy. This should be a no brainer as it is the lactating fluid of another species. Geez. Thank you USDA. 

Sure cheese is tasty and addictive, but it is loaded with calories. A gram of dairy has over twice the calories as a gram of beans and rice. And which has far more nutrition? I think you know.

Now getting back to exercise. Exercise is essential for good health and longevity. The CDC recommends 150 minutes a week of exercise. That’s 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Exercise is what keeps you on the ski slopes at 85 and out of the dementia ward at 90. 

And all you have to do is, well, just do it. Consistency is the key. You won’t get fat from eating a McDonnald’s Quarter pounder with cheese an french fries. But if you do it consistently, or eat that way consistently, you will soon be overweight. It is eating the wrong foods consistently that is causing your weight gain…don’t do it. 

And while consistency is the key to weight gain if you eat crap, consistency in a good diet is the key to weight loss. It just takes time. Not only will you migrate to your ideal weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) of 23, but you will be fueling your body with the superpowers you need to have a great day…and a great life.