I don’t want to downplay the value of exercise, since we evolved far more active than most of our lives are today. That said, the get more exercise advice, which I’ve heard hundreds of times before, suddenly struck me as a bit odd today.
Part of that stems from the fact that it’s the holidays. As I’ve written before, I had lost a bit of weight before and am now trying to maintain my new, lower weight. Well, with all the overindulging, I ended up about 3-4 pounds heavier than I usually am, so I’m working to correct that before it becomes a permanent problem. That’s when it struck me that there was a LEAN lesson to be learned here.
For one, I acquired a lot of excess inventory recently. I was taking in more food than I needed and my body had to store it somewhere. So, in an effort to lose that weight, I can’t simply return to eating what I ate before I gained the weight. If I do that, I basically consume enough calories to maintain my weight, whatever it is. And it’s currently too high for my liking. I need to ramp down on intake for a bit to use up my inventory, so to speak.
Exercise? I don’t exercise. That’s not to say I just sit at my computer all day, but I’m not going out of my way to get to the gym. Why? Using over-processing to handle inventory? That just sounds insane to me. The thing is, I don’t need that much food in the first place, so to take it in, and then run around just to burn off what I didn’t need in the first place??? Exercise deals with the symptom without ever addressing the root cause that I’m simply eating too much.
Yes, there are other benefits, such as heart health and so on, but from a purely weight perspective, eat less is more than enough, and you need far less food than you think you do.
It’s the same with your processes. Don’t treat your problems by dealing with the symptoms, like inspecting for defects rather than preventing them in the first place.