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Food or Fitness: Which is More Important?

Thursday, April 9, 2015 | Category: Food

I don't like choosing between aspects of health because I don't want you to think you don't need both.

So before I answer which is more important, food or fitness, first I need to know, WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?


For a great majority, it's to lose fat (or weight) so that's how I'll answer "which is more important." 

Let me give you a scenario: you find out from a body composition test that your Body Fat Percentage is high and would benefit by losing fat, but that your muscle mass is adequate.

(This is the exact test we do in our office. Here's an old video showing you how it works: InBody Body Composition Analysis.)

Is your first thought, "I need to eat better" or is it "Yeah, I need to start exercising (or I need to exercise more)"?

From my experience, when I show my patients their inBody Body Composition results, their first response is the latter.

Invariably, they KNOW they need to eat better, but that's not their first thought.

Why is that?  I have my opinions but I can only tell you what I go through because I fall into this trap from time to time.

When I'm feeling a little spare tire, I my very first thought is that I need to increase my intensity or frequency of workouts. For me, I guess it's because that was the case when I was younger. I was always active playing sports and I could eat anything but not gain weight.

Plus, exercise is more immediate and I can do it right then; I feel the results - the sweating, hard-breathing, heart-pumping, muscles-engorging immediate effects!

Plus, if I exercise I can eat almost anything I want and I don't have to change my nutrution. Right!?

Do YOU identify with any of those reasons???

You probably figured out that my answer is....Food is more important for fat loss!

The best illustration is this: To lose one pound of fat, you need to burn 3500 Calories. To burn 3500 Calories in one exercise session, you need to run a marathon!!

Or, you could decrease the food you eat by 500 Calories per day for one week. But you have to make sure your losing FAT, not muscle. So your scale may not tell the whole story.

Get's confusing doesn't it?

Nutrition takes more patience to see the results and isn't as flashy. BUT, like with most activities and principles that prove the most effective time after time, strong (not perfect) nutrition habits give the best LONG-TERM fat loss results. 

I hear the words from our Heath Coach ringing in my ears, "You can't out-exercise a bad diet!"

Don't fall into the trap of trying to out-exercise your bad diet. All that'll lead to is frustration and eventually quitting because you're not getting the results you want.

If you need help, we're here for you. You can also click here to check out our next Free Dinner and discover how we've been helping people lose fat while maintaining their muscle. 

Live the Fit Healthy Life,

Dr. Ryan



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