What’s Better for Losing Weight: Exercise or Diet?
You’ve been pushing play or hitting the pavement, being consistent with your workouts – but the scale isn’t budging.
Pizza and pop tarts have been replaced by fresh fruits, lean meats and greens – but there’s nothing to show for it.
So what gives?
Is exercise really that important for weight loss? Or can’t I just out-run my ice cream from last night? And do I really need to exercise at all?
The answer is not just in “calories in vs. calories out” although that’s mostly true, you still have to factor in age, gender, weight and caloric needs. Daily activity, physical demands of your job, stress, sleep quality … the list can go on, but it doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful.
Busting your butt in the gym only to blow it in the kitchen is counterproductive, as is getting so preoccupied with avoiding all unhealthy foods that you don’t have time to exercise. For the best results, remember the 80/20 rule: successful weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. With a bit of discipline, both in terms of what you put in your mouth and how much you move, you’ll see those pounds melt!
“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” “Abs are made in the kitchen.” You’ve heard these classic, clichéd adages before, and they’re true.
You can eat really well and lose weight with diet alone, it is possible. However, exercise is still a very important part of your overall health. Mental health, heart and lung health – even bone health! As a woman, those have all become a priority to me as I’ve gotten older. Exercise really is a fountain of youth in these ways!
It’s also true that it’s not necessary to be overly extreme with your workouts. You run a greater risk of burnout and injury in doing so, if you’re not intentional with recovery.
Just remember that whatever diet plan or exercise regimen you choose to follow, combining both diet and exercise can produce the most successful long-term results. But, the key to maintaining weight loss is consistency. So choose wisely. If you know you can’t maintain a low-carb diet for the long haul, explore another option.
This is why I LOVE the 2B Mindset. There’s no deprivation, no starvation – you have complete food freedom! But you learn what types of foods to eat at certain times of the day – without measuring or counting calories.
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So what does this all mean?
If you’re killing it in your workouts but not seeing results, the first place you look is in your daily eating habits.
If you’re eating well, but struggle with exercise, I would encourage you to find something you enjoy doing!
Beachbody On Demand has an endless amount of options to keep you from getting bored and for all tastes, interests and fitness levels.
Examine your bedtime discipline to make sure you’re giving yourself plenty of zzzz’s, keep your water bottle handy at all times and be determined in your approach! What works for you might not work for someone else. That’s why I’m here – to help you find the best fit for YOU to get you to your best self! Reach out for a 1 on 1 free consultation <3
Excerpts from Beachbody Blog by: Mackenzie Lobby Havey