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Why Nutrition is More Powerful than Exercise – Megan Cook Wellness

Why Nutrition is More Powerful than Exercise

 

Why Nutrition is More Powerful than Exercise

The battle of eating vs the gym

Picture this. You finally decide to embark on your fitness journey (go you!) and after your first gym day you feel super pumped. You walk out with a mental soundtrack of “Eye of the Tiger” playing and get hit with a rush of endorphins. You keep going to the gym for weeks and check daily for abs (even the first day) but come to your surprise, no abs. If you’ve ever experienced this like most people, you ask yourself “what am I doing wrong?” The answer? DIET. Nutrition is the single most important aspect of fitness and health. Aka, you can lose weight with a healthy diet with little to no exercise. On the other hand, if you only focus on exercise you’ll see little to no results. It blows, but it’s true. Below are three reasons why nutrition is more powerful than exercise.

  1. Nutrition is a source of fuel that prepares your body for exercise. Most people have this idea that exercise is what pushes your body to get that lean and slim look. In fact, for everything you do in life your body needs energy. Without energy exercising only gets harder, so never underestimate the power of nutrition. With exercise specifically, it’s recommended to consume carbohydrates and some protein because they give your body that extra push when exercising. Eating these nutritional components before exercising increases your metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories and get that extra squat or lift in your workout.
  1. It’s not enough to just incorporate nutritional aspects. The key is knowing how much and what to avoid. If you over eat or over snack like you did with that bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos last night, you will never reach your fitness goals. According to the American Dietetic Association, those who are overweight that need to burn 500-1,000 calories daily in order to lose weight cannot burn those daily calories without some form of restriction. Now when I say restriction I don’t mean cutting down to two almonds a day, I mean restricting sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbs.
  1. Last but certainly not least, the real power behind nutrition is that when consumed and balanced right, can prevent diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, liver disease, and arthritis. Did you know that the leading cause of death in the United States is cardiovascular disease? I don’t mean to harsh your mood but it’s that serious. A balanced and nutritious diet of proteins, unsaturated fats, and complex carbohydrates can reduce your risk of getting any of the listed diseases or conditions. While the link between diet and disease has been known about for decades, there is no proven link between exercise and disease (except sex, but that’s another story). Not with exercise as the main component, but as a secondary component to diet. In other words, doing all the bench presses in the world won’t help if you keep eating that roll of bacon, egg, and cheese every morning.

As you can probably tell now, nutrition is almost everything when it comes to fitness and is definitely more powerful than any exercise. So my last piece of advice to you on the matter is to listen to your body. For the love of fitness and everything right in the world, stay away from that tub of Nutella. I promise you, that’s not what your body wants.

XOXO – M

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