Here’s an article that I’ve been hanging onto for a while, which I think some might find interesting:
This doesn’t surprise me all that much. The food industry is ruthless, craven and completely greed- and profit-driven. They are only too happy to put the blame on you, for being a lazy layabout, rather than on their shoddy, death-dealing wares.
Snippet from article:
Promoting physical activity has been the favored approach to solving the problem of obesity by politicians and the food industry, said Swinburn. “It’s relatively uncontroversial, there are no commercial competitors, it’s a positive thing to do, so politicians, egged on by the food industry, heavily promote the physical-activity side of the equation.”
Swinburn said that the food industry has been “extraordinarily successful” in promoting excessive intake of calories. “They’ve worked their marketing out to the nth degree. They’ve got the products that we like to eat, they’ve got the price right—in fact the price of junk food has been coming down for years and is getting cheaper and cheaper. Food is everywhere. In the 1970s…when you went to a petrol station you used to buy petrol. Now it’s a chocolate and fast-food station. The food industry has done all they can to sell their products, and they’re doing it extremely well.”
I have always said, and always will say, that the best bang for your weight-maintenance buck is controlling your intake. It is physically and temporally impossible to exercise enough to mitigate the effects of modern processed food. The best thing a person can do is just not eat it in the first place.
For example, imagine I’m driving home from work and stop for gas. I wander in and grab one of those delicious packaged fruit pies you see at convenience stores – I’ve seen some that come in at 800 calories. I would have to bicycle for an hour and a half to burn that off. And that just puts me back where I started – I haven’t even created a deficit yet! And that’s just for one little pie that probably didn’t even fill me up for more than about a half hour. There doesn’t exist enough time in the day to mitigate the effects of unsupportive food choices. What if I grabbed a regular soda in a “big gulp” size while I was in the convenience store? That’s another 370 calories – I guess I could bike for another hour just to get back to zero.
I don’t have 2 1/2 hours to work out every day, and we’re still on the way home from work. Imagine what happens when I make choices for dinner that aren’t supportive? I can easily eat a 1200-1500 calorie dinner without even thinking about it, by visiting a restaurant and ordering without being thoughtful, or buying pre-made food in a box at the grocery store. I would end up having more of a calorie debt than I have enough time to work off in a day, assuming I could devote my entire day to exercising, which I can’t. Better to just see the food industry for what it is, a profit-driven machine that has no interest in supporting my health, and take pride in standing fast against their onslaught.
I’m a big fan of real, whole foods. Fruits, veggies, lean meats. The things my body recognizes as food. No processing required.