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RUSH: What is it that I’ve been right about my whole life that everybody’s told me I don’t know what I’m talking about? It is this, right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers, headline: “No Need to Diet and Exercise to Lose Weight.” A major debunk. “A new study debunks the widely held belief that diet plus exercise is the most effective way to lose weight. Researchers report that dieting alone is just as effective as dieting plus exercise.” It’s very simple. “Dr. Leanne Redman of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said, ‘For weight loss to occur, an individual needs to maintain a difference between the number of calories they consume everyday and the number of calories they burn through metabolism and physical activity.” More people burn more calories through metabolism than they do through exercise.

When I first heard this gunk, “Rush, you gotta exercise to lose weight.” I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many total pounds I’ve lost my whole life without doing any exercise. I’m not condemning exercise. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not condemning exercise. It’s good for you and all that in a whole lot of other areas, but losing weight does not require exercise. It’s not something that must be part of the regimen. It simply requires eating less. That’s it. It has worked for me. Folks, I’ve lost 90 pounds three times in my life without taking a step beyond the normal steps I took in a given day. I’ve lost 40 pounds four times. My whole life I’m either weight gaining or losing. The longest I’ve maintained a weight in my life when I became an adult, let’s say after 18 years old, was probably 18 months. It’s just the way I’m built. There are a lot of people like this, and this story goes on to say it.

“Redman and colleagues found that the diet-only group and the diet plus exercise group lost roughly the same amount of weight, albeit by different means. They lost about 10 percent of their body weight, 24 percent of their fat mass and 27 percent of their abdominal ‘visceral’ fat — the deep internal fat linked to heart disease risk. Therefore, if the goal is purely shedding pounds, diet or exercise will work,” but you don’t have to do both at the same time. Diet or exercise will work. What they conclude is that people are “genetically programmed for fat storage in a particular pattern and that this programming cannot be easily overcome by weight loss.’ You can lose the weight but you’re genetically programmed to put it back on. Your body has a set point weight that unless you really watch it and are disciplined you’re going to always find, which explains the roller coaster thing.

I’m not trying to be vicious about this, and I’m not trying to be nah-nah-nah-nah-nah, told you so, and all that, but I am at the same time, because this is something I’ve known all of my life. The only reason this is important to me is, again, I just really hate it when I see so many people get sucked into myths and start believing it and then they become proselytizers and preachers and all this sort of stuff, and then the condemnation begins. So anyway, put that in your pipe and smoke it.


RUSH: I opened the last hour talking about exercise and diet and how you can lose weight without exercise if you diet. You don’t have to do both. You can lose weight exercising, too. You’re just not going to do it as fast. When I learned this, when I found out you have to run an hour to jog off a 200 calorie dessert — (laughing) — you can’t fool me that exercise loses weight. Well, here’s another related story, just to show you how stupid the Drive-By Media thinks that we are. This is from Health Daily News, the signs of binge eating. If you have binge eating disorder, here are the signs. “A person with the disorder often eats quite rapidly, may not stop eating when they are full, and usually feels unable to stop. These actions often are a response to stress, anger or being emotionally upset, the Nemours Foundation says,” whatever the heck that is. The foundation offers this list of common warning signs for binge eating disorder. “Eating very quickly. Eating until extremely full or uncomfortable. Eating large amounts when not hungry. Being too embarrassed to eat around other people, or eating alone. Feeling guilty or disgusted after binge eating. Excessive weight gain.”

Why don’t we add another one to this. This is so worthwhile, so timely, so informative, let me add another one to the list. If all the food in your house is gone, you have a problem.


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