Most people in the USA eat far too much. Americans are easily recognized when traveling overseas, because their obesity makes them stick out from everyone else. Yes, there are obese people in other countries (and increasingly so). But not like in the good old USA.
Among the obese, most will not even admit they have a problem. A person who needs to lose 100 lbs of fat will often say something like, "I need to lose 20 lbs." Being in denial about the problem does not make it go away.
Nor will exercise. Many people will also exercise at the gym, burning 100 calories or so on a treadmill. Then they'll go consume a 1,200 calorie "protein drink" or other shake. Do the math. The key is not in burning off the excess intake (not really possible), but in not engaging in excess intake in the first place.
Many people blame external factors for their excess fat levels. This includes their genes, their work stress, and their age. Here's a fact that puts all of that nonsense to rest: Nobody in Auschwitz was obese.
Have you seen those people who live on chips and soda, but are rail thin? They aren't healthy, but the fact is they don't eat much. Eating the right foods, but huge quantities of them will still result in your being fat.
There is only one reason people are fat, and that is they eat too much. Yes, there are some extenuating circumstances. For example:
Here is the basic logical construction that forms the foundation for eliminating excess fat from your body:
What portion control is:
Some tips (apply any or all, as you see fit):
Control those portions, and you control your body fat composition. This is only one aspect of being lean, strong, and healthy--but it's one that most people simply don't bother with. Their waistlines, bellies, and chins show the outcome.
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Where an article is not bylined with a specific author's name, it was written by Mark Lamendola (see photos on home page and elsewhere on this site). Mark is a 4th degree blackbelt, has not been sick since 1971, and has not missed a workout since 1977. Just an example of how Mark knows what he's talking about: In his early 50s, Mark demonstrated a biceps curl using half his body weight. That's a Jack LaLanne level stunt. Few people can even come close. If you want to know how to build a strong, beautiful body, read the articles here.
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