Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
Isn't inactivity the biggest contributor to weight gain? I mean, I (foolishly) feel proud of myself for walking to work, CVS, most bars and restaurants, and the movies. None of which are over a mile away. Fifty years ago, most people walked a hell of a lot farther than that in a day.
The Southern-fried diet was fine when we all did manual labor out in the fields. Now, it makes us all fatties.
Except me. 6'2", 165 lbs. bitches!!!!!!!!
It's three factors.
1. Total daily calorie intake.
2. Activity levels
The thing to remember is everyone is different. That's why some people can eat like pigs all day, hardly ever work out and stay in "shape," while other people can maintain a perfect diet, work out frequently and struggle to achieve the body they desire. You have to figure out what works for you and not directly compare yourself to others.
Science has consistently shown that a calorie is a calorie when it comes to weight loss or gain. Worrying about carbs, sugar or fat won't do you nearly as much good as watching your total calorie intake and exercising enough to burn the excess calories away.
The reason a lot of people loss weight when they start a diet like Paleo or Atkins is not because they cut out any type of "bad" food. It's because these diets are so restrictive in what you can and cannot eat, that the typical American ends up cutting out enough of their daily calorie intake to drop some excess weight.