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  • “If your goal is to lose body fat, you probably already know that exercise can help,” says Richard J. Wolff, RD, LDN and author of this article.

    I couldn’t agree more – but here’s where his views, mine and those of a lot of medical professionals I know differ.

    When it comes to weight loss, it’s the white starch and sugar carbs AND daily cardio that matter most to true and everlasting weight loss. This is how I lost 150 pounds and now keep them off into my 10th year.

    I could be wrong – but I never counted a calorie, ever, to lose my weight and don’t intend to start now.

    I never took my heart rate, either. I knew I just needed to get out and walk to lose my unhealthy weight. So I did. Since 1/1/03 I’ve logged OVER 35,000 miles . . . and eventually heart rate does matter, but not so much in the beginning – just get your butt up off the sofa and do it.

    As soon as I became conditioned to daily walking, and logged between five and eight miles a day, the weight literally fell off. The more I walked, the more weight I lost as long as I kept my carbs to 35 gr. a day. And the less I ate, too. Talk about a natural appetite suppressant!

    So, just to make sure I’m on the right track here, I recently checked in with one of my medical professionals who said this:

    “I think exercise burns calories no matter what type of exercise that you do … but I agree with you though in that most of the time you have to truly restrict your carbs to actually BURN FATIt’s all related to insulin secretion which has nothing to do with calories in/calories out…” and herein lies the myth.

    It’s unquestionably the white starch and sugar carbs that make us fat and keep us that way – NOT counting calories.

    Just sayin’.