A healthy diet vs exercise is kind of like the chicken or egg concept. Which one is better vs which one came first?!
I have always told my clients that you can’t out train your diet! This also goes hand in hand with my theory that if you exercise correctly then your body will crave the food you need.
The biggest problem I find is that some people, not all, are looking for a short cut. What?! A shortcut when it comes to diet and exercise? Could this really be possible.
This may sound entertaining, but when trying to balance a busy life, we look for shortcuts in everything! Why do you think fast food joints like McDonalds, and Taco Bell are so popular.
Say you decide you need to lose a few pounds, what is the first thing you do…eat less? Go on a salad binge? You know it doesn’t work, but yet you are willing to give it a shot.
Or for the same result, you decide to exercise. But instead of losing weight, you feel like it is a license to eat the same crap you have been shoving down your throat for years.
The truth is, you need a balance of both:
80% of your gains will come away from the gym, but without the gym, you won’t even have a chance at those gains!
A Healthy Diet vs Exercise: What do I eat?
Eat the right amount of calories! This is so important and yet so many of us neglect this simple concept. Diets don’t work because the basis of them is to limit the type of food you need to fuel your body.
Here is a simple rule of ten on how many calories you burn just by being awake:
Men: Body weight x 11
Women: Body weight x 10
So if you are a 200 lb man you need 22oo calories to supply your body if you just woke up and sat in bed all day. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? But no, you have a sedentary job where you sit at a desk all day. So you actually burn a little more…
Take that number and multiply it by 1.375 for that office job or 1.5 for an active job. So, if that same 200 lb man sits at a desk all day he will burn 3000 calories.
So what does that mean? Well if he decides to go on a salad buffet diet then he won’t get enough calories in to burn calories and lose weight. If he wants to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, he will need at least 2500 calories a day plus a good calorie burn (yes that means exercise) 3-5 times per week.
What the heck are Macronutrients?
Marconutrients are basically healthy calories that give you energy. Carbs, protein, and fats. If you are concentrating on adding these healthy calories to your diet, with your calorie goal in mind, you will be on your way to a healthy weight loss.
Essentially if you are closing in on your calorie goal with macro-nutrients instead of Doughnuts and McDonald’s, then say goodbye to those extra pesky pounds.
A Healthy Diet vs Exercise: Did you say Exercise?
Adding exercise to your busy life doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, but you do have to be consistent.
This is also, as weird as it sounds, the easiest step! If you are consistent with your workout, your body will crave the marcro-nutrients you need to be successful. After a few weeks of a good strength program, you will crave less of bad food and can start to incorporate healthy options.
Putting it all Together
If you go on a diet and starve yourself of the calories you need to burn, then your body goes into freak mode. It hangs on to your fat stores and that is why you generally won’t keep weight off if you choose this method.
On the contrary, if you start a good strength and cardio exercise routine your body will crave those calories that you earlier neglected. And once you are adding the correct calories, then your body will use those calories for energy and burn your fat deposits.
A healthy diet vs exercise, which one is better? They go hand in hand and you need both to see positive results.