Why Nutrition Is So Important - Diet vs Exercise
media outlets so widespread in today's age, we're able to access
information and entertainment at every turn it seems. With that
brings the opportunity to advertise and market products to consumers
by companies that really are only interested in making money. The
general population has now been trained to think that a cover model's
body is the ultimate goal of fitness, so every little gadget that
has to do with improving your fitness is being offered to you everywhere
So many fitness and exercise products have gained access to the
airwaves. Exercise machines, as well as weight loss products, can
be purchased at every store you can imagine. But what our population
must get under control, in order to achieve positive results, is
the way we eat.
Our diets are so essential to not only our fitness levels, but
our overall health in general. The foods we consume provides us
with the nutrients we need to perform regular exercise, as well
as help our worn out muscles recover and grow. I've read in a number
of fitness and nutrition outlets that diet can contribute to as
much as 90% of your overall fitness results.
That's right, your training contributes roughly 10% of your fitness
results. Now, this may seem a little hard to believe and I'm telling
you what I've read in order to make a point. In my own experiences
I would say that 70% of my results were due to the food that I put
in my mouth.
Now, I would not consider myself an expert on diet but I know enough
to be confident in its overall importance to fitness goals. Think
about how long it takes you to get through a workout. Generally,
you're looking at about an hour out of your day to get some sort
of physical activity in. Now, what are you doing for the other 23
hours of the day?
And how are you using those 23 hours to contribute to the hour
of exercise that you've just performed? An hour of exercise, especially
intense exercise, can take a lot out of us. More specifically, we
expend a lot of energy to perform exercises, and our bodies need
nutrients in order to recover and grow stronger. So during those
next 23 hours, we need to find the time to prepare nutritious meals
in order to make the most of our fitness efforts.
what we put into our mouths on a daily basis should never be taken
for granted. Think about how much time and money you invest in your
other daily activities and none of those are as important as your
own personal health. With that in mind, all sorts of fitness and
diet professionals have created programs and diet methods in order
to improve and build on our exercising efforts.
There's been the massive low carb craze that started taking off
around a decade ago as well as the low fat craze that came before
it. There's also been diets that focus on consuming high amounts
of carbs and diets that focus on high amounts of fats. But which
is better? High carb diets are utilized for glycogen stored in the
liver and muscles. Glycogen is a glucose complex that provides large
amounts of energy for use in anaerobic exercises.
On the other hand, fats are well known to be the richest source
of calories among the nutrients we consume. Fats contain 2.5 times
more calories than carbohydrates and proteins alike. Studies also
show that it takes the body 24 calories to metabolize carbohydrates
while it only takes 3 calories to burn fat.
So Which Diet Should You Follow?
So anyone can follow a high carb and low fat diet or the other
way around. But it is not recommended to follow both at the same
time because you're more than likely to pack on the fat.
Another important factor to consider is not just getting rid of
fat on your body but actually keeping it away in the first place.
So if we really want to succeed, we should look into what the research
tells us, which is that succeeding at keeping up a certain way of
eating and losing weight while doing it comes down to one that suits
the individual's food preferences, medical profile and lifestyle.
If you really want to lose some pounds, you can find diets all
over the place that can help you. But if you want to keep those
pounds off, then you need to find the healthiest way of eating that
you can stick to and one that satisfies you.
So no matter what type of diet you try, you must make sure that
you're getting the nutrients that your body needs and one that you
can stick to. And just because you find a way of eating that works
for you doesn't mean that you have to stick to it for life either.
Eating food should be something that we can do with constant tweaks.
I come across different foods all the time that I want to try. Just
because I'm eating a certain way doesn't turn me away from trying
something new. It should be the same way with you as well.
To finish on my original thought, fitness results aren't just about
the exercise you do. The food you consume contributes so much to
your results. So make sure you find a healthy and satisfying way
to eat and enjoy all the success you deserve!