Despite all efforts to prove otherwise, scientists can’t say that exercise will make us thinner. If anything, exercise makes us hungrier and likely to consume more calories. After all of our huffing and puffing at the gym, we eat more low fat, high carbohydrate foods that make us both hungrier and heavier.
It turns out lean people are not those who have the willpower to exercise more and eat less. They are people whose bodies are programmed to send the calories they consume to the muscles so that it can be burned rather than to fat where it will be stored.
Carbohydrates have a significant impact on blood sugar and insulin. As you gain weight, insulin makes it easier to store fat and harder to lose it. We get fat not because we eat too much or exercise too little but because we secrete too much insulin. Carbohydrates drive insulin that drives fat.
Foods like stuffing, sweet potatoes, challah, chocolate cake, pumpkin pie, wine and soda that we always feared were not healthy actually are not.
So this Thanksgiving lean toward the turkey or the Tufurky, the green veggies and a salad and you won’t have to waste valuable Black Friday shopping time at the gym.