You’ve probably heard a million times over that it takes a combination of diet AND exercise to lose weight but many people wonder ‘can you do one without the other?’ You might love to eat junk food to the point where you are struggling to stop but unfortunately you can not out-train a bad diet (except perhaps, if you were at the gym for ten hours a day!) Let’s take a further look at this topic so that you can gain the necessary knowledge and become as fit as possible.
Why you cannot “out-train” a bad diet
When it comes down to it, losing weight/getting fit is about 75% diet compared to 25% exericse. You HAVE to eat relatively well or at least have a healthy balance to get the results that you are looking for. If you eat a larger number of calories than what you burn in a day you are going to gain weight, it’s basic maths. Let’s say you burn around 300 calories at the gym, this only gives you 300 calories worth leeway. The average person has a BMR of anywhere between 1500-2000 calories (use an online tool to discover YOUR bmr using your personal stats). This means that if you eat 2300+ calories a day, you will gain weight even if you are working out.
Some folks believe that “a calorie is a calorie” so you don’t have to eat healthy, but you are going to be starving if you decide to eat 1800 calories worth of chips because it won’t amount to very much. In addition to this over time you will become ill, so this way of eating is definitely not recommended.
In addition however, this theory is simply not true. If you are physically active, you can eat all the fruit and veggies you want, as no one ever got fat even on the most high-sugar fruits. Fatty and processed foods on the other hand DO need to be limited.
The odd splurge is fine of course, nobody eats perfectly all the time but just make sure that on the whole you are eating at a calorie deficit.
What foods to eat
Not only will eating well help you to lose weight, it will also give you the energy that you need to work out. This means in addition to weight loss, you can sculpt your body and basically get ripped. Some of the foods that you should be eating include fruits, vegetables and heaps of protein. Protein will fill you up for longer, give you energy and help you in regards to building lean muscle.
Some of the best protein laden foods to eat include chicken, fish, eggs, nuts and dairy. If you need some extra protein, making a delicious fruit smoothie with some protein powder added in is definitely an option for you. Almost ANY type of food can be made healthier if you make it yourself and know what is going into your meals. Experiment in the kitchen and you might come up with some nutritious but tasty combinations. Make sure that you are drinking water almost exclusively as any other drink is basically empty calories. Drinking loads of water will help you to lose weight and also flushes bad toxins from your body.
The only way to lose weight and get fit is to eat well and exercise. Doing things at a slow and steady pace will mean that you will be much more likely to MAINTAIN your new shape. So to look better on the outside and feel better on the inside, why not start your new lifestyle today?
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