Most of us drag ourselves to the gym every other day or so not because we like it, but because we’re determined to keep extra pounds away and stay healthy.
Hell, I don’t wake up in the early morning, walk four avenues, and make myself sweaty on the elliptical because it’s fun—I do it because I have to.
Which is why I was super pissed (I mean, honestly, pissed) to read an article that was originally published in New York Magazine.
Why am I so mad? Because the article insinuated working out does nothing but make us hungry.
Without denying that 30 minutes a day on the Stairmaster is good for our health, journalist Gary Taubes recently explained that “most studies on the link between swimming laps and losing weight demonstrate little beyond one widely accepted fact: “exercising makes us hungry.”” Even more annoying, Taubes points out “exercise may even lead to a weight gain.”
According to Taubes, Jean Mayer, a nutritionist and “physiological chemist”, invented the “myth” of exercise being directly related to weight loss.
Taubes claims Mayer’s facts were “often contradictory”, but somehow his words caught fire with the American public and have stayed with us ever since.
The best way to keep weight off, according to Taubes? “Cutting down on the simple carbohydrates and sugars that primarily stimulate insulin production—potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, sweets and beer” is the way to go.
So keep going to be gym because it makes me healthy, but don’t expect it to keep the weight off? And while I’m at it, trade my Bud Light for a celery stick??
…sounds like a prison sentence.