Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bad Story

Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
By John Cloud Sunday, Aug. 09, 2009

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Did anybody else catch this article? I think it irked me enough to write a letter to the editor. Here was my response.

Dear Editor,

I wanted to comment on your article Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
By John Cloud. this article is ridiculous. people aren't getting fatter from the exercise, they're getting fatter because they eat a bunch of crap. if they were paying better attention to their nutrition when they were active, when they begin to build muscle they would eat leaner, foods filled with minerals and nutrients instead of binging on sugar, fats and empty carbs which convert what should have been muscle to adipose. but if they eat smarter carbs with their protein and fiber earlier in the day and lighten up what they eat for dinner, they'll burn off what they eat and store when they are active during the day and use their night time nutrients to repair and restore healthy cells while they sleeping. i find this article very misleading. ironically the people who kill themselves in the gym are the most likely candidates for this kind of irresponsible binging. put down the donuts and opt for fruit, instead. although i must admit i am a huge fan of carrots and roasted red pepper hummus... cause it tastes good, and the carrots are hard enough for me to get tired of chewing (AND it's kind of hard to eat too many carrots). There's also a variety of great tasting foods that can be added to that list that are less expensive (an apple is half the price of a candy bar) and better for human rights and the environment. But I don't expect people who don't know how to take care of themselves to take any interest in the impact they produce on the environment. National obesity is a symptom of the greater problem of ignorance and miseducation, but it appears that Mr. Cloud's article is a symptom of that same affliction.


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