In all the years I have been interested in fitness, I have seen a lot of horrible advice but never anything even close to this.
Between 1990 and 1995, thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban people were forced to alter their entire lifestyles. They couldn’t afford petrol, so the government provided them with bicycles. People started walking everywhere. Food was also in shorter supply – there were no supermarket aisles stuffed with junk food or wallets stuffed with money with which to buy it.
In short, Cubans could no longer afford to be fat. In that five-year period, they lost an average of around five kilos per person, which is over 11lbs. As a result of people getting slimmer, they also started living longer, with fewer Cubans dying of diabetes and heart disease.
All of which is fantastic – except it didn’t last. When the crisis ended, people started eating more and moving less and putting all that weight back on until, in the mid 2000s, they were right back where they started.
She is just an outlier or special nut case though, cleary this logic will never catch on, right?
In order to get and stay in shape, one must alter their lifestyle, I don’t think anyone will argue with that. However, I don’t think oppressive socialism is the answer.
But, what do I know? I’m kind of old fashioned and believe hard work, proper eating, and consistency are the answer.
*Added: I just found this gem a few minutes ago and thought it was appropriate.
“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry,” Mariah Carey once said. “I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”