Some people think that they can eat what they want as long as they exercise, but if you want real results this is false. Diet is actually way more important than exercise, and if you want real results, you could literally just focus on your food intake and not exercise at all! Exercise is a good idea for overall health and fitness though. In this post, we’ll talk more about why diet is more important than exercise!

A Calorie is not a Calorie

First, you need to understand that a calorie is not a calorie. All food is not created equal. If you eat a Kitkat and then hop on the treadmill for half an hour, you might burn off the 200 calories, but you’ve still consumed lots of sugar and other rubbish. You would have been much better off eating 200 calories of protein and vegetables. The food we eat is supposed to nourish our bodies, and if we focus on just calories, it’s unlikely we’re going to be doing it a favour.

Good Food Changes Your Body Composition

Eating good food changes your body composition. Forget weight, because that isn’t the be all and end all either. You want to change your body shape and size, and weight can have nothing to do with that. To change your body shape, you can’t fill your tummy with saturated fat and chemicals even if you’re working out. You need to support your training with the right food; lean protein, veg, fruit, nuts, healthy fats, etc.

That being said, you shouldn’t cut out your favourite foods all together. Simply limit yourself to one bad meal and dessert a week. That should keep you satiated enough to keep eating healthy foods. It’s all about moderation! One salad won’t make you slim just like one burger won’t make you fat.

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You really have no excuse for eating the wrong foods. Plenty of online sites, including the likes of Nutrition is King, have all of the information you could ever need on the subject. Here are some rules you should follow:

  • If it’s prepackaged, you shouldn’t be eating it.
  • If it has lots of ingredients, you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
  • The cleaner the better; plain meat, plain veg, plain fruit.
  • Use herbs and spices to make clean food taste better.
  • Don’t cut out an entire food group, e,g, carbs. This is bad for your body and metabolism and only offers short term results. You must think in the long term.
  • Everything you eat should have a purpose. Sweet potato gives you energy, chicken will encourage muscle growth, and healthy fats help us to shed fat. A chocolate bar doesn’t do anything apart from give us a sugar high.

Hopefully you now understand a little more why diet is 80% of the battle. Exercise is only 20%! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it your all when you workout: it just means it’s what you do in the kitchen afterwards that really counts!