Trust me, exercise won’t make you fat.
I almost titled this post “If you’re reading Time Magazine, you already have a problem.” That’s how much I despise that rag.
Last week they released a story about how exercising makes you fatter. Or something like that. By the time I finally felt compelled to see what the hell was going on, I was so disgusted with it all I could do was skim through. There are two really important points that we should get out of the way up front.
- Why are you reading Time Magazine unless you are trapped in a doctor’s waiting room and it’s the only thing available? Seriously. There is nothing good in Time Magazine. Stop it.
- Why is anyone paying attention to what Time Magazine is saying about nutrition and exercise? Their nutrition articles are as watered down as the rest of the garbage they print. It’s a tabloid magazine for national news. It’s written at a 6th grade reading level. It’s not making anyone smarter.
I could end this post right there, but I’ll expand a little becuase it seems like a good opportunity to review the basics.
Common sense, right?
Don’t overeat. Do exercise because it makes you feel good. Eat vegetables because they’re full of vitamins and fiber and crap that’s going to help you live a long time. Enjoy your food. Enjoy your life. If you want to take it further, read John Berardi’s Ten Rules for Good Nutrition. Or someone else.
There are so many people out there sending good messages about food and exercise. You know it when you see it. But if they’re telling you you’re going tlose 11 pounds in 7 days, they’re pedaling bullshit. It’s not hard to sift through.
You know what you’re doing. Stick to your guns, get through the garbage, and do what you need to do.
The Compensation Factor
The one thing that I did find interesting in Cloud’s article, was the bit about compensation which has been my number one complaint about cycling. When I get home from a long ride in the cold winter weather, I am filled with the sense that I can EAT THE ENTIRE WORLD. Really. I’ve written exactly that way before.
It’s a hunger beyond all hungers.
This doesn’t happen to me after a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session or a good, brisk run (even a long one). There’s something about cycling that brings out the Eating Monster in me and it’s baffled me from the beginning.
There’s nothing quite like a big, delicious burger after a 4.5 hour ride in the rain, right? Right. Every once in a while, that’s ok. Every day? That’s a problem.
It comes back to common sense (which is not always so common, eh?) Just be smart.
Enjoy your rides. Enjoy your burgers.
More information from people who are smarter than me
I was prompted to (finally) weigh in on this Time Magazine because Tom Venuto finally did. He may be overly orange and scarily muscly, but he knows his nutrition and he’s articulate.
Read Tom Venuto’s rebuttal here: “Why Time Magazine Owes the Fitness Industry a Big Fat Apology”
Jonathan Ross also had a pretty thorough dissection of the piece over at Discovery Health, though you’ll have to deal with looking at an ugly page (I hate ugly pages!)