If someone asked you for your opinion, who would you blame for increased fat: a bad diet or lack of exercise? It is one of those double-edged debates on whether we should blame some thing or another without finding a proper solution. So let’s play a little game of facts and see how we can solve the problem.
The first interesting thing that we need to point out is that Coca-Cola funded a medical research that points the finger at lack of exercise instead of eating healthy. Let’s play Coca-Cola’s game and say that they are right and lack of exercise is indeed the major problem. People eat a lot more than they can burn, so if they don’t exercise they gain weight.
But Coca-Cola is also a “junk-food player” at the same time. I am not at all implying that Coke is bad, I actually like Coke a lot, but if we look at scientific studies, it is often concluded that Coke contains sugar. If you drink too much, you gain weight.
And to actually seal the deal, Coca-Cola is a business: it is one of the strongest brands in the world, it has some really genuine and powerful core values and it is obviously interested in having customers and more and more customers all the time. So it seems obvious that the company is going to invest in such a study.
Now let’s shift to the scientific point of view. Medicine is founded on the idea that people must be healthy. If you want people to be healthy, you obviously don’t encourage junk-food, so you can blame a little bit because you walk every day to work, you take the dog out, maybe you go camping in the weekend and there, you have your exercise.
But again, medicine is a business. We don’t need to beat around the bush with this one: if you’re a good doctor, people will trust you. If you want to be a good doctor and if medicine wants to be taken as a serious institution, it will not say that sugar drinks like Coke are bad just for the love of saying it. There is scientific proof behind it and you can be sure of that.
So back to square one: which one of the two is right? Coke or Medicine? When you have two variables and you cannot choose, you add another one to the table: time. People need time to exercise, food can be eaten anywhere, anytime if you manage it accordingly. So instead of pointing fingers, let’s combine all of them.
If you eat, but you don’t have enough time to exercise, then it’s high time you got on a regular diet. If you don’t want to go in a regular diet, that’s quite fine, but you need to find time to exercise if you choose this.
In the end, it’s all about the balance.
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