Why I Feel Exercise Is More Important Than What You Eat
Let me 1st clarify that I am talking ONLY in reference to fat loss NOT nutritional wellness. The misconception is that what you eat is going to have a direct impact on your fat loss goals and all I'm saying is... That's not always the case. Take bodybuilders for instance, they limit their calories and still train hard but there were many things I ate while prepping, that I surely wouldn't eat now for the simple fact that....well, lets just say there's ingredients that aren't on the whole food plan. And yet they're able to get their body fat super low. And fruit! While fruit has enormous benefits to our skin, immune system, digestive system and so on, it is actually a big no no in many successful "diet" plans. So all this said, food is questionable when it comes to fat loss and depending on YOUR actual goal and eating style, it will change accordingly - so no cookie cutter plan will work
All the diets........they are all about restriction in one way or another - It's simply eating different kinds of food but in a deficit for fat loss or calorie surplus for weight gain.
It’s not rocket science and that's why no 1 diet is better than another, if followed and kept within your range. That is why I don't believe in any of them, Calories in - calories out👌🏽 So what is an actual calorie? Simply put, it’s a measurement of energyA calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Calories in food provide energy in the form of heat so that our bodies can function. Our bodies store and "burn" calories as fuel. Many dieters count calories and try to decrease caloric intake to lose weight. So to keep it simple, the average man needs 2,700 kcal per day and the average woman needs 2,200 kcal per day.
If you're not moving your body with any exercise and you want to remain in a calorie deficit, your calories will need to be low, only needing to “run” the systems in your body, this is called your BMI. So the premise is that gaining fat will be harder and while that may be true, the bigger issue is what it's doing to your body & metabolism, which is your bodies natural way of burning calories. So you screw that system up if you just look at losing weight by cutting calories.
Exercise on the other hand increases your metabolism. Better than any supplements, drugs, plastic surgery, or nutrition, exercise has the capacity to target tissues (muscle, ligaments, skin), brain cells, DNA, and genes, to keep you looking young and feeling energized for years to come. Among that muscle serves to ward off debilitating disease, helps alleviate the sagging in our skin that comes with age, poor posture, bone density which leads to breaks, sprains and injury….Strength equals longevity! Studies repeatedly show a close association between how strong you are and how long you will live, so making exercise with weights, the real fountain of youth!!!
And honestly when you work out with heavy weights, food becomes less of a focus. When you begin feeling stronger, you begin to take notice as to what fuels that feel good feeling...You simply won’t want to put garbage in your system, or at the very least, not as often.
Combining exercise with remaining in a caloric deficit you get fat loss AND improve your bodies ability to function the way it's meant to. Or, if gaining weight is the issue, building muscle which is more dense than fat, you will increase your calorie need and be able to consume more.....added bonus is muscle takes up less space as well, giving more shape.
With so much emphasis on the diet culture and what is the best/easiest way to be healthy, it can be overwhelming. At the end of the day we just want to feel good, play an active role in our lives, travel and spend time with family and friends - am I right?? The bottom line, exercise more and eat more - not exercise less and eat less. I can’t always be about weight, it needs to be about running our shit and being healthy both mentally and physically
Thanks for reading✌🏾