Balancing Diet and Exercise

 

We hear it all the time – 70% diet 30% exercise, abs are made in the kitchen, heavy lifting is the way to get lean etc..
With so much conflicting information, it’s not a wonder so many of us are confused.
Well have no fear, hopefully I can shed some light on the exercise vs diet debate.

People tend to underestimate the effect that diet has on their health and fitness goals.
Our bodies’ functioning is directly related to the food we eat. If you are fuelling your body with foods that are high in sugar, processed and generally nutrient deficient, your body is not receiving the goods it needs in order to function at its optimum level – organ functioning, homeostasis, healthy cells, the list is endless. If your body is not able to do that, then of course there is very little hope to improve any secondary goal such as losing weight.

Then we come on to the exercise part of this equation.
I am a great believer that in terms of health, it is far more beneficial to incorporate activity into your day to day life rather than strain at the gym for an hour and then follow that up with doing an impression of a couch potato!
However that’s a topic for another day.
Hitting the gym, going for a run, or enjoying a session of yoga have all great benefits for the bod.
Yes, all activity will cause a calorie deficit, necessary when looking to lose weight. However it’s so much more than that. Exercise has been proven to lower depression, decrease risk of heart disease, cholesterol & diabetes, decrease the risk of osteoporosis and not to mention is incredible stress relief!

So don’t be that person that excuses poor diet for ‘I went to the gym today’ or ‘I’m slim, I don’t really need to watch what I eat’.
Feed your bodies nourishing, whole foods and incorporate exercise into your routine. Soon, it WILL become your routine!

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