“It’s really common sense. Do you want to look better? Do you want to feel better?” Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said. “You lower your calorie intake, you lower your carbs, your fats. You eat more fruits and vegetables, and you exercise. That’s as simple as it can be. That is not too hard.”
The report recommends 30 minutes of brisk walking daily at a minimum (60 minutes preferred), and that controlling calories – not carbohydrates – is the key to controlling weight.
The most discouraging part of the report to me was that most Americans are sedentary enough that it’s very easy to overeat *and* be undernourished at the same time. And since I sit all day at a desk job, this applies to me.
Thompson added that people should not assume that researchers at the National Institute of Health are going to come up with a miracle diet pill.
“Every American is waiting for NIH to come up with that pill,” he said. “It’s not going to happen.”
If they can’t come up with a diet pill, maybe they can come up with an exercise pill. That’s what I really want. 🙂