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What, me exercise?

  There's a lot of nonsense floating around regarding exercise and weight control. The only way to lose weight is to eat less than your body burns. Period. Exercising causes your body to burn more, but few people have the time or inclination to exercise enough to make a big difference. An hour of jogging is worth about one Cheese Whopper. Now, are you going to really spend an hour on the road every day just to burn off that extra burger?

You don't exercise to lose weight (although it certainly helps). You exercise because you'll live longer and you'll feel better. When I started to control my weight, I had no intention of getting into exercise at all. As the pounds peeled off and I felt better and better, I decided to design an exercise plan built on the same principles that made the diet plan succeed.

This exercise plan is presented for your consideration in chapter [Ref]. Even if you're dead set against the very concept of physical exertion, please read the introduction to that chapter. Like me, you've probably always thought of exercise as wasted time--precious minutes squandered in unpleasant activities. I think you'll find, as I did, that exercise actually increases the time you'll have to accomplish whatever matters in your life.

If you buy that argument, give the exercise plan a shot. Like the diet plan, it's calculated to motivate you to succeed, manipulate you to keep you going, and provide the feedback you need to let you know how far you've come. If you follow the plan carefully, you'll never be in pain, be exhausted, or ever spend more than 15 minutes a day on it.

By John Walker