Great post from blog writer Gary Foster. He says… I got some pushback from a few readers on my 12/6/2022 post (see here) in which I claim diet to be the biggest determinant of a longer, healthier life.

Exercise, they claim, is more important than diet.

My argumentive side is inclined to invoke the Jim Fixx story to illustrate otherwise. You remember him – the guy credited with helping start America’s fitness revolution by popularizing the sport of running. Fixx claimed that diet mattered not if you exercised enough. He was a 240 lb, two-pack-a-day smoker before he became a runner. Despite losing 70 pounds, Fixx continued with a marginal diet, espousing that it didn’t matter what he ate.

He died of a heart attack at 52 after a morning run. The three main arteries leading to his heart were almost completely blocked with plaques, and his other arteries were filled with plaques as well.

Read the article to see more of his take on the topic.

Gary is 80 years old, has researched the topic extensively, and lives what he preaches.

As he adds near the end of the article:

It’s never too late to start, but always too early to quit.

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