Is Diet As Important As Fitness?

We focus a lot on fitness, but you also need a healthy diet to get the best results. If you’re trying to lose weight, no matter how much you exercise, if you’re eating more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight. If you’re trying to build muscle tissue, you need the raw materials to do that. There’s a saying that a great body starts in the kitchen. It’s a popular saying because it’s very true.

You’ll rust out before you wear out.

Your body is amazing. The more you move it, the more it becomes prepared to move. If you workout regularly, it creates longer telomeres that protect your cells from damage and death. Cell damage causes illness and cell death causes aging. Exercise also boosts stem cell production, which creates new cells where you need them. Exercise helps you lose weight, but more than that, it helps you lose fat and build muscle tissue. The more muscle tissue you have, the higher your metabolism. Diet alone can’t do that.

What you eat plays a huge role in your weight and overall health.

While your body mechanics can provide a lot of benefit by creating new cells, it needs the materials provided by a healthy diet. Sugar and processed foods are not included in that group. In fact, sugar can actually cause high triglycerides and low healthy cholesterol. It can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes, heart disease and a slew of other health conditions. A healthy diet brings its own health benefits, like decreasing the effects of aging or adding extra visceral fat, fat around your middle.

Opt for both a healthy diet and a program of regular exercise.

At one time, people did more physical labor and ate what they grew. Today you’d be hard-pressed to find that type of lifestyle, particularly in the city. Focusing on changing your diet, while also working out daily provides the most benefits and helps you see changes in your body faster. No two people are alike, so a healthy diet for one may not be as healthy for the other, due to food allergies or a food intolerance. No two people need the same exercise regimen, even though all people need some type of regimen. Find the right type of diet and exercise program to meet your goals.

  • Eating healthy can help you stay full longer. Sugar promotes overeating. While you’ll get that initial sugar high, it, it won’t take long for your blood sugar levels to plummet. At that point, you’ll want even more sugar.
  • Snacking is an important part of a healthy diet. It provides the calories you need to keep your energy level high and helps prevent overeating at your next meal. Make sure you have healthy snacks ready for mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Increase your activity throughout the day by finding ways to be more active. Have walking meetings at work, take the stairs not the elevator and if possible, ride a bike instead of taking a car when you can.
  • You don’t have to workout for a half hour straight to get the benefits. You can break your workout into ten minute sessions to get the same results.

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