We have been brainwashed into believing that we need to exercise in order to lose weight.
Fast food and soda manufacturers are very happy to perpetuate this belief so they can deflect the blame for people's obesity away from their grain and sugar-laden diet. It's very convenient for them. Don't get sucked into it!
The language they use is subtle, and it's often sold as positive living, like this website does:
It's also convenient for gyms to sell memberships at the beginning of each year when people are feeling guilty about all the indulging they did during the holidays.
I am not defending sedentary lifestyles. We all need to exercise.
Exercise makes you feel better, it gives you energy, it increases your flexibility and strength. It might also keep you away from the refrigerator or the snack cupboard.
But, depending on how vigorously you exercise, it will also make you hungrier.
This is why, if you want to lose pounds, focus on eliminating sugars and grains. And in this regard, it's absolutely ludicrous for Coca Cola to be sponsoring a "live positively" website.
Incorporate sufficient exercise to make you feel good, but don't reach for food to compensate for your virtue. And please don't believe that your exercise is what's causing you to lose weight.