Whilst exercise is important for weight management, I believe diet has more to do with our society’s obesity problem. Much of our entertainment today is food focused. Almost all social or work events have food provided. Whilst that is nice and is perceived to be generous, often a snack is unnecessary and just adds to the culture of relatively inexpensive free-flowing food being available 24 hours a day.
I think many people are unaware that they are overweight or obese, that they tend to underestimate the amount of food eaten, and overestimate the amount of energy used up with exercise. I also think that the bioavailability of energy from a highly processed diet has a considerable bearing on body weight.
Not everyone enjoys sport, going to the gym or exercise in general and would rather do something else rather than being active. You don’t have to ‘be into’ exercise to enjoy physical activity and that is what we need to encourage. Get out in the garden, go for a walk, join a dancing class, start a dog-walking business – there are many ways to increase daily energy expenditure without a structured exercise programme but it does need to be routine and enjoyed every day.
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