Excerpt from Mercola.com
Do you exercise so you can “eat whatever you want?” Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Even on a basic calorie level, the amount of calories you’ll take in by eating a fast-food burger, fries, and soda is probably far more than you’ll burn during even a high-intensity workout. But this is a matter of far more than calories in versus calories out. You do not get fat because you eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough. You get fat because you eat the wrong kind of calories. As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you’re programming your body to create and store fat, regardless of how much exercise you get.
About 80 percent of your ability to reduce excess body fat is determined by what you eat, with the other 20 percent related to exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits such as sleep and stress reduction. What this means is that if your diet is based on processed junk food, your chances of getting fit and healthy, even if you work out religiously, are quite slim…
A Poor Diet Turns on Your Body’s Fat Switch
Further, dietary sugar, and fructose in particular, is a significant “tripper of yourfat switch.” Dr. Richard Johnson discovered the method that animals use to gain fat prior to times of food scarcity, which turned out to be a powerful adaptive benefit.
His research showed that fructose activates a key enzyme, fructokinase, which in turn activates another enzyme that causes cells to accumulate fat. When this enzyme is blocked, fat cannot be stored in the cell.
Interestingly, this is the exact same “switch” animals use to fatten up in the fall and to burn fat during the winter. Fructose is the dietary ingredient that turns on this “switch,” causing cells to accumulate fat, both in animals and in humans. Not to mention, avoiding sugar is especially important if you do high-intensity exercises, which will boost your body’s production of human growth hormone (HGH). Consuming carbs within a couple of hours prior to or after such exercise will effectively prevent HGH from being produced.
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