13 August 2004

Eat Plenty of Carbs and Don't Exercise

The latest issue of National Geographic has nice articles about getting fat. Thanks to friend BatJay for the reference. It says there are two fat laws:
First Law of Fat - anything you eat beyond your immediate need for energy, from avocados to ziti, converts to fat.

Second Law of Fat - the line between being in and out of energy balance is slight.

["Why Are We So Fat?" -- National Geographic ]
The first law is self-explanatory. The second one emphasizes that the tendency to overeat is always there. So, the real key is to pay careful attention to what you eat, how much you eat, and how much you exercise.

Getting fit is really simple math. Keep a food and exercise diary. Know first what your daily caloric intake should be. This is usually based on your daily energy expenditure. An athlete should eat differently from an office worker. Obesity problems arise when the office worker eats like an athlete. If you want more information, click here.

You can also do what this man is doing. However, if you have chronic conditions like heart problems and diabetes, it is best to consult your doctor first before engaging in any diet activity. Not all diet and exercise programs can be done by any person.

Over the years, getting fat has never been this easy and simple. Whereas early man had to move around to hunt and gather his daily caloric intake, modern man can sit on his couch, call for pizza and burger delivery, while he sits and enjoys a favorite show on TV. Progress and modernity made it possible for modern man to make his food get to him while he relaxes.

Also, food portions now have grown in size compared to say, 40-50 years ago. Eat-all-you-can is the message driven to most consumers by almost all fastfood outlets. Vulnerable and yielding to this doctrine are children, adolescents and most adults all over the world, who are consuming more than what they should be eating daily. The easy life has also brought about dread for physical activity.

Hence, the combination of eating the wrong food items and no exercise has contributed much to the obesity crisis no one wants. And since obesity is a contributing factor to diseases like diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart problems, we are also observing an increase in morbidity and mortality rates.

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