posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 08:44 AM
It's a combination really. You can eat fairly freely (portion-wise, and of course, not eat tons of breaded/fried/fast food), and as long as you
exercise regularly, you are fine. As long as I'm on a regular 6 day a week exercise plan, I can eat fairly crappily quite honestly. But to obtain
optimum weight, eating well and exercise is the way to go.
BUT... diets are crap, imo. The sole reason people are so plump anymore, is their utter lack of anything exercise. TV, computers, and lax
(exercise-wise) jobs are what cause the fat to pile on. In the 1600, kings and royalty often were fat. They didn't have McDs or processed foods.
Why were they fat? They didn't do much.
The best diet is: smaller portions. Not to cut off ALL breads, or to eat like a caveman, or any other fancy-schmancy diet, but eat sensibly, and
exercise regularly. That is the most sure way to fit.
When I was in the Army, I and my fellow soldiers ate like CRAP! Just terrible. Yet we were in excellent shape. PT 6 days a week, twice a day on 3
days, and a fairly active lifestyle ensured that folks stayed in shape.
There are a lot of bad foods out there, but imo, lack of exercise is a much greater reason for obesity, than the food people eat. Of course combine
lots of crappy food + no exercise, and it's no surprise that people are vastly overweight all over the place.