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As someone would used to work out 2 hrs a day, 6 days a week (1 hr advanced cardio and 1 hr weight-training), I finally figured out I got much leaner once I cut back a lousy 200 calories on my daily food intake and rarely ever allowing myself a cheat day--and at the same time also cutting waaaaay back on my exercise routine (which I had to wake up at 5:30 am to do). I mean--pretty much abandoned it other than moderate, short workouts a few days a week.

I think the diet as the most critical component of weightloss is illustrated by looking at the calorie counts of most popular foods in the American diet and comparing those counts to the calories burned by exercise. It's nearly impossible for a person with a normal life to do enough exercise to burn off the calories in bad food choices.

So--from a practicality standpoint--it's easier to just bypass the super-sized order of fries and large milkshake- to begin with than it is to jog off the calories consumed---even a freakin' whole grain bagel from Dunkin' Donuts has nearly 400 calories--and that's without cream cheese--and a bran muffin is even worse.

Also people fall into the trap of thinking "I read food X is 'healthy', and everyone knows not being overweight is also 'healthy' so that must mean that eating food X will cause you to lose weight! Forget the fact that 'food X' is olive oil at 120 calories a TB or walnuts at 200 calories for a lousy 1/4 c. No-you can ignore calories and drench all your salad with olive oil and toss back handful after handful of walnuts as snacks--and you'll magically arrive at your ideal weight because these things are 'healthy'.

Sorry for the rant...(but people can be extremely stupid or in extreme denial)
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