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22. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 16:48 jacobvandy
jdreyer wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 15:59:
Fitness is 2/3 healthy eating, 1/3 exercise. It's nearly impossible to prevent obesity on exercise alone, unless you do something like Matt Inman, but much less than 1% of the population have the ability/inclination to do that. It's a 2.5 mile run or 5 mile walk to burn off a single candy bar.

Depends on what your definition of fitness is, I guess. I'm not talking about being healthy as a horse, "my body is a temple and pure of any and all modern processed filth," blah blah, I'm talking about not being a fatass. And that is 100% a mathematical equation, to simply burn as many or more calories as/than you take in. It really doesn't matter WHAT you eat, so long as you manage your portions. (Obviously if you eat nothing but 6-8 candy bars a day, you won't feel very good, but you won't be fat either.)

The example of how much exercise is required to burn X amount of calories is somewhat misleading... You don't have to actively burn off everything you eat, including junk food, because you burn the vast majority of your average daily intake of calories just by being alive. There's an equation you can use to estimate this amount, where you just plug in your age/sex/height/weight, and you might be surprised just how large that number is (also depends on variables like metabolism deficiency, muscle mass, etc.). If that candy bar is a part of a day of food intake that otherwise consists of reasonable foods in reasonable portions, it won't affect you one bit. In fact, you might still even lose weight, WITHOUT exercise.

Don't get me wrong, being able to run a mile without doubling over in pain and gasping for breath like Hulk Hogan just let you out of an armbar choke hold is important, as is being able to lift at least, say, 30 pounds over your head without shaking like a leaf. That requires some measure of exercise that the average American just doesn't bother with these days. But as far as preventing obesity, it is obscenely simple... I'd say a bigger problem, than something like poverty, is that people just don't take any pride in their appearance anymore. They just don't give a fuck. There is no shame in being a fat pig, because there are so many fat pigs out there that say it's okay, that nobody feels bad. Guess what piggy? You should feel bad! Jeebus.

This comment was edited on Aug 19, 2013, 16:56.
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