Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin

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John Cloud’s article “Why Exercise Won’t Make You Thin” first printed in Time Magazine on August 9th, 2009. Our author is very vocal about his feelings for exercise. He takes the position that exercise is actually futile. If one exerts themselves to much, in his opinion, they will only eat more, therefore defeating the purpose of exercising. This premise only applies if it is your intent to use exercise as a means of loosing or controlling weight. The article is dealing with a topic that plagues most of the American world. Everyone is always interested in how to lose weight, how to have the six packs that they see some of the actors display in the movies. If I listen and accept everything John Cloud is saying, I will cover my head with a pillow and never move again. He tells me that I am doomed if I do exercise and I am doomed if I don’t. This is clear when he states, “Why am I doing this? …One of the most widely accepted, commonly repeated assumptions in our culture is that if you exercise, you will lose weight. But I exercise all the time…... I still have gut fat that hangs over my belt when I sit. Why isn't all the exercise wiping it out?” There is some truth in Cloud’s article. However, Cloud never really tells the whole story and gives only the minimum amount of information to his problem. Cloud never goes into detail about the types of food he eats. Yes, exercise does make a person eat more. However, so long as a person is careful about what they put in their body then they should lose a good amount of their excess body fat. Most athletes exercise far more than normal people and as a result they eat far more. They manage to maintain their weight by carefully monitoring what they eat. The fact that Cloud’s article says he can’t get rid of the excess fat in his stomach tells me he isn’t eating properly and that exercising and not losing it is simply a

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