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Time magazine just published this issue, the cover article of which screams to an America already 65% overweight and 30% morbidly obese: "Exercise won't help you lose weight."

Time should be ashamed of itself for foisting such a lopsided travesty off on a public already used to believing everything they read or hear in the Enquirer, Us, Cosmopolitan or Oprah. Why, if I read it on the internet, it must be true, right?

I don't have an alphabet soup after my name. Well, I do, but it's in the wrong field to make me a credible witness. Still, I've got some under-the-table experience in the field: having lost 32 pounds some years ago, and keeping it off until I suffered a divorce and self-medicated with Sachertorte and such things, in addition to working with a medical practitioner for 5 years and serving as her dietary counselor, I know whereof I speak.

Back in May, I posted this, in which I outlined a successful way of releasing weight and keeping it off. Nothing has changed. Excercise continues to be a critical part of weight release, regardless of what you may read in the above-mentioned article. Sure, increasing your caloric burn makes you hungry. But if you're eating a low-glycemic diet, you won't be spiking your blood sugar and setting off down the road to hyperinsulinemia. During my own journey, the more exercise I got, the faster I released weight. And the better I felt.

Despite the fact that almost everything stated in the article is true, wrapping it up in a populist ribbon designed to make the blubbery bulk of Americans sigh with relief and think they no longer have to exercise to release weight - and that, my friends, will be the guaranteed result - is disingenuous in the extreme.

Better information could have been disseminated in less than a paragraph. "Exercise is good for you: get off your fat backside and move. Just know that when you work out, you're going to get hungry. Have a healthy, low-glycemic snack and wait 20 minutes - you won't be hungry any more."

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dhlawrence
Aug. 11th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
If you want journalistic standards, don't expect to find it in a 'newsmagazine.' Time, Macleans, The Economist--they're all the same nowadays.

I think the late comedian Richard Jeni had some good weight loss plan (language is very much NSFW).
deckardcanine
Aug. 11th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
So Time's gone tabloid. Seems like everything has. :(

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