One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked by people is “which is more important, eating right or working out?” The knee jerk reaction answer is to say that both are important, and they are! But when we dig a little deeper into the science of the human body, diet clearly becomes the winner in terms of not just getting and staying in shape, but overall longterm health.
According to livestrong.com “To achieve effective weight loss of about 1 Ib. to 2 Ib. per week, a calorie deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories per day is required. This deficit can be achieved through a reduction of calorie intake, increased physical activity or both. However, reducing your daily calorie intake to achieve a significant calorie deficit is generally more practical for many people than exercising at the duration and intensity required to burn the same number of calories”
What this all boils down to is a simple concept: 99% of people cannot outwork a poor diet. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. These would be those individuals who were blessed with a very high metabolism, or the excessive gym rat who essentially sets up camp in the gym. I’m going to bet that you aren’t either of these examples. So you’re probably asking yourself, what exactly is a “poor diet”? If weight loss is your goal, then the answer is simple, burn more calories than you’re taking in. Easier said than done of course. However, a little education on food can go a long way to achieving your goals. So, below I’ve devised a “Do Not Eat” list. Keep in mind that of course you can cheat once in a while (and by that I mean once a week), but in general these foods contain little to no nutritional value and/or actually support weight GAIN.
DO NOT EAT:
-High Carb foods (especially late in the day when your body won’t have time to burn it off)
– White Bread- if you must eat bread make it a small portion of Whole Wheat
– Simple Sugar foods (candy, ‘frosted’ anything,)
Many of these examples are obvious, but they are usually the culprits in preventing weight loss. The other KEY factor is portion size. This also goes for the “good” foods. You’ve heard the saying before, “its all in moderation”. This holds true for weight loss and overall health as well.
5 small meals a day that are high in lean protein (grilled chicken, fish) and low in carbs can go a long way to helping you achieve losing that pesky weight you can’t seem to “shake” (no pun intended).
In the interest of making this a blog that doesn’t ramble on, I’m going to end it here…for now.
Thanks for reading, and keep checking back for more REAL LIFE advice on obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.