A lot of people are confused about how to get in shape and stay in shape. They’re looking for answers, unless of course, they don’t care about fitness and longevity, in which case they’re dying slow.
So I’ll just tell you. Of the whole fitness equation, diet is 80% of it, if not more. This isn’t an exact science, but it is safe to say with a reasonable degree of medical certainty that nutrition is the cornerstone of good health. You are what you eat.
The ideal diet is a balanced one with all four major groups represented, including protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. Of course, in the real world, it is not easy to eat a perfect diet. That is where sugar restriction comes in.
Sugar restriction is the best way for a fat, out of shape, inactive person to drop a lot of pounds in the short term. It’s the best. Just eat lean protein from a fairly healthy animal and some low starch vegetables and you’re good.
When you’re weight returns to a normal balance, start adding fruit and whole grain and other good carbs to your diet in small increments until you find the threshold of carbs where you can eat sugar and not gain the weight back.
Exercise is very important, for things like muscle tone, energy, fitness, mood regulation, and feeling good about yourself. But don’t fool yourself. You can’t out-train a bad diet.