Exercise! (was: 8-bit man!)

Al Diablito aldiablito@hotmail.com
Mon, 13 Jan 2003 16:52:33 -0500

Have to second you on that one. Forget the fad diet scams (Atkins, etc.). 
Exercise (not as much as you think), cut the fried foods entirely (very 
difficult in places like Houston), cut back on dairy, sugar,etc. Drink lots 
of water. As someone else mentioned, don't watch the pounds, watch the fat. 
It's worked for me and I haven't had to do anything inane like eliminating 
carbs.  People could lose most of the fat they are worried about in the 
amount of time it takes them to read these damn diet books!

>From: "Russell Turpin" <deafbox@hotmail.com>
>To: fork@xent.com
>Subject: Exercise!  (was: 8-bit man!)
>Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 21:17:32 +0000
>Eugen Leitl:
>>Exercise doesn't work either, because realistically there's no way you can 
>>burn off your average American meal ..
>My experience is quite different. When I worked
>three miles from home and commuted each day by
>shank's mare, I soon lost much of my excess
>weight. Exercise has two effects on the balance
>of calories consumed vs. calories burnt. Yes,
>the exercise consumes some energy itself. But
>it may be more important that it changes the
>composition of your body. The more muscle you
>have, the more calories you metabolize even
>while sleeping, simply because muscle tissue is
>so much less "efficient" than fat in its own
>Of course, exercise itself has tremendous health
>and quality of life benefit, independent of any
>weight loss considerations.
>BTW, there was an interesting study recently
>about obesity and geography. People who live in
>sprawling areas like Houston and the valley are
>fatter than people who live in other places.
>The obvious explanation is that you can only
>get about by driving (even for simple trips to
>the store), and when you spend so much time in
>a car, it cuts into time you might otherwise
>spend more actively. I wonder if people who in
>these areas also more often eat in their cars?
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