Every year, Americans spend millions of dollars on diet programs, diet supplements, and gym memberships. These are wasted dollars when you consider that all you need for weight loss is general information about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates help the body produce insulin which helps maintain a balance of blood-sugar levels. This is important for the body to function properly; however, too many carbohydrates sends blood-sugar levels plunging because of an excess of insulin. It’s at this time you reach for a “quick-fix”—often a candy bar—to replenish your energy. When you replace healthy protein snacks with sweets, proper weight loss never takes place.
To lose weight, it is imperative that you cut back on your carbohydrate intake. By making this adjustment, even a couch potato can lose weight! With a reduction in carbohydrates in your system, you will burn enough energy just sitting in a chair, that you can shed the pounds. You can’t ask for an easier way to diet.
In America, the latest fads are diets. With the revolving door on such diets, it’s no wonder that the rate of obesity continues to grow in the United States. What Americans need to do is go back to the basics: a well-rounded, healthy diet and a regular exercise regiment. A well-rounded diet includes eating the recommended daily allowance of fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains. Sweets and oils should be consumed sparingly, although not totally eliminated. Many dieters attempt to go “cold turkey” off of sweets and fatty foods, and they end up failing miserably. This failure leads to a lack of confidence and perseverance in dieting.
Rather than making a physical decision to “diet,” Americans should simply eat sensibly and couple this with exercise. Exercise is one of the most important components of losing weight and being healthy. Individuals should receive 20 minutes of exercise at least three times per week. If America will only get back to the basics, the nation will be back to fit and healthy.
On what main idea do the authors of both passages agree?