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In the places around the world where people live the longest, they don’t actually pursue health.They
 

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November 5 · Issue #115 · View online
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In the places around the world where people live the longest, they don’t actually pursue health.
They live longer because health ensues from the right environment.
If I could choose one article that encapsulates my whole life theory on sane weight management, it’s this brilliant piece on Quartzy.
The article is about how to get good health outcomes across a population using pedestrian and bicycle-centric urban planning. Not boring! I admit to being a bit of an urban planning nerd, but the underlying idea is fundamental to my approach and long-term success.
In my introduction to the Not Another Diet series, I say:
Foremost, I learned the life you build has the biggest influence over sustained success. That life allows you the freedom to make good choices automatically. Put another way: your weight is a natural by-product of how you construct your life.*
But, but, what about willpower, motivation, banishing laziness, and ‘perfect’ workouts?
“It is absolute delusion to think that we can convince 330 million Americans—three quarters of whom have already admitted they are not doing enough physical activity—to start exercising more,” says Buettner. “We have been trying this for 70 years and we still have 70% of Americans who are obese or overweight. It is not working.”
The people I know who maintain their healthy weights and high activity levels have it baked in to their every day lives. Like me, they live near trails, and in walkable neighborhoods. They have the opportunity each and every day to move, and often quite a lot.
My approach helps you create some of that on your own, but what a world it could be if we invested in infrastructure that allowed for true mobility.

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Forget diet and exercise—for better health, we need better cities Forget diet and exercise—for better health, we need better cities
your good life 🌟
Safe walking spaces would allow for a better quality of life in nearly every way.
How Walking Might Affect Our Sleep - The New York Times
stop the madness 🤯
Once you understand what real change is needed to address obesity, it makes these sorts of studies infuriating. Most people can’t safely walk to a store or work, isn’t that the place to put our efforts?
Seeking an Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut Microbiome - The New York Times
what I'm cooking 🥒
Baked Tofu With Peanut Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice Recipe - NYT Cooking Baked Tofu With Peanut Sauce and Coconut-Lime Rice Recipe - NYT Cooking
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