Most people resolve to lose weight and get into shape in the New Year. And most people fail. Why? My guess is that it has a lot to do with exercise. You read that right. Exercise.
(Perhaps it’s worth noting here that I’m not a physician, nutritionist or exercise physiologist. I’m also a person with a reputation for believing the exact opposite of conventional wisdom. And I might be a bit psychic.)
Don’t get me wrong. I know that exercise is good for you. And if you have everything else in your life under control, by all means do it. But if you need to lose a few pounds, my opinion is that your time is better spent changing your eating habits than going to the gym. Here’s why:
- I believe that eating well is the best way to lose weight and feel great.
- Eating well takes time.
- Exercise takes time away from eating well.
Again, if you have lots of time and tremendous willpower (or a personal chef), try doing everything at once. Resolve to eat less, exercise more, save money, write a novel, learn to knit — go to town! But if you can only manage to do one thing, focus on the food.
Then, in a month, when you feel great because you’ve lost 8 pounds and have more energy, start exercising. You’ll probably feel like exercising anyway.
That’s my plan. One habit at a time, with food first.
Other conventional wisdom that I dismiss: low-fat foods, whole grains, fiber supplements and folding underwear. You can call me Crazy Angie.