Exercising for good health? You may be wasting your time. Exercise does not undo the damage of poor food choices.
Dr. Robert Lustig's TEDx talk, "Sugar- the elephant in the kitchen," (link to video below) focuses on the toxic nature of sugar and its effect on public health. In this video he examines the health dangers of sugar and its link to Type-2 diabetes and the global obesity epidemic. Dr. Lustig is an American pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.
Some of Dr. Lustig's statements may surprise you. Especially if you think that the key to losing weight is to eat less and exercise more. Have you ever heard the term "TOFI"? According to Dr. Lustig, it stands for thin on the outside and fat on the inside. He reveals that 40% of Americans with normal weight have fat surrounding their internal organs. This condition causes an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, Type-2 diabetes and stroke. Can you imagine being a walking health crisis and not even knowing that you are at risk?
Here's some of his statements that resonated with me:
- "We can't expect results with eat less and exercise more. Behavior is secondary to biochemistry. Behavior isn't the problem. Biochemistry is the underlying problem."
- "Some calories cause disease more than others. Different calories are metabolized differently. A calorie is not a calorie."
- "Eighty percent of foods that are available in American grocery stores today are spiked with added sugar."
Stressing a body that is fueled improperly does more harm than good. Dr. Lustig's talk confirms that the healthiest option in terms of preventing obesity and disease is a diet rich in whole foods, and plant based, rather than processed foods and sugary drinks.
Sugar -- the elephant in the kitchen: Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda 2013