Hey Hotties!

Today I’d like to “weigh in” on a really hot topic: diet versus exercise.

If we’re trying to lose weight, which is more important?

From age thirteen to twenty-eight, I was trying and failing to get slimmer. I restricted calories, exercised for hours and hours each day—and I was still heavy. I thought I was just big-boned, but that wasn’t going to stop me from trying to be ballerina thin and stage-ready as a dancer.

The only problem was I didn’t know the right way to go about it.

A recent survey concluded that the majority of people trying to lose or manage weight believe food consumption and physical activity to be equally important to their weight loss goals.

I’ve got news for you…most people are wrong.

This survey identified widespread confusion about the impact of exercise on body weight as one of the biggest misconceptions people hold. It’s unfortunate that we don’t understand the “energy in energy out” equation (calories in/calories out). It’s actually not quite that simple. Maintaining a “balance” of energy has much more to do with what we put in (food consumption) than what we put out (exercise and energy expenditure).

Put simply, what we put into our bodies matters most. 

For example, did you put butter on your bread today? You’d better add an extra half a kilometer to your evening stroll to “walk that off.” Fish for dinner? That will be nearly half a K jogging (per sardine). Plain steamed chicken? You don’t even want to know. 

So pay attention to what and—even more importantly—how you eat and don’t worry about “balancing” your eating sprees with running…because you won’t catch up!

Need a little help transitioning to a healthier way of eating? You understand this concept but don’t really know how to implement it into yours and your families kitchen? In my latest book (click here >)HEALTHY, SEXY, VEGAN. I show you how to discover the best health of your life as you live and eat in harmony with your body. No food missed calcium benefits. Check it out now!

For life,




Nutritionfacts.org Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM

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International Food Information Council Foundation. 2011. Food & Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition & Health.