Diet or Exercise: Which Is More Important?

Every once in a while, my husband, Greg and I, get asked this question: “Which is more important, diet or exercise?” And our answer is simple—It’s not diet OR exercise…it’s both 😉

Over the last few years, we’ve learned so much about diet and exercise while on our own health journeys. We’ve been through a variety of workout programs and different nutrition plans, so we’ve come to realize what’s most important when it comes to staying healthy and getting results.

We love sharing what we’ve learned with others, especially those who join our support / accountability groups which are online and private.  Within these challenges, people ask a lot of questions about fitness, nutrition and our experiences with both.

The diet or exercise debate

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It’s difficult to decipher between what advice is helpful and what advice is hurtful when it comes to learning about health and nutrition. There are so many “quick fix” products out there that claim to be the “be all and end all” of health and fitness, which makes people ask the question of “diet or exercise…which one should be my focus?”.

But the truth is, when it comes to deciding between diet or exercise, you really can’t have one without the other. That is, if you want to get amazing results and continue to live a healthy lifestyle for the long-term 😉

Imagine if you’re trying to cut 500 calories from your daily calories which is a lot and you could be hungry.  Or imagine trying to burn 500 calories…you would have to work out hard for 45 minutes.

But…you could cut your calorie intake by 250 and burn 250 calories that seems more reasonable.  Right?

The Benefits of Good Nutrition

Have you ever heard the term “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”?  Boy…do I wish we could!!!   But unfortunately, it’s absolutely true. Which is why having good nutrition is SO important to living a healthy lifestyle.

And, nutrition tends to be the part that many people struggle with the most (ourselves included!). Which is why it’s tempting to go after those quick fix solutions that many products promise you that don’t require exercise. But often times, these products aren’t good for us long-term. This is why it’s important for us to understand the value of good nutrition and how it positively impacts our bodies and our lives as a whole.

It boosts your immune system 

Having the right balance of foods in your diet will not only help you to function better, it will help you to build a strong immune system so that sickness won’t strike as often. Focus on eating foods like fruits, veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats (like avocado), and complex carbs (foods like sweet potato, brown rice, quinoa) in the right portions.

It gives you more energy throughout the day

When you’re fueling your body with the right foods, it’s inevitable that you’ll start to feel better from the inside out. As you start moving away from processed foods and start focusing on eating the whole foods we mentioned above, you’ll start to notice a difference in your energy levels throughout the day. You’ll find that your more focused, more motivated and that you have a more positive outlook on life overall.

It helps to keep your heart healthy

It’s no secret that poor nutrition has been directly linked to heart disease. And as we all know, the heart is a pretty important organ within our bodies 😉 So it’s so important that we make sure it’s healthy so that we can live a healthy, happy and prosperous life. To make sure that your heart health is at peak performance, be sure to focus on consuming those whole foods we mentioned above on a regular basis. And be sure to limit those foods that are high in:

  • Sodium
  • Sugar
  • Trans Fat
  • MSG

Now, because nutrition is so important, many people make the choice to first start with cleaning up their food choices before diving into an exercise routine. This is done so that they can “reset” their bodies so to speak, which is perfectly fine!

Greg and I completed a program called the Ultimate Reset a few times to help us jump start our nutrition after the long cold winter months 😉  What we love about this program is that it shows you how to truly eat “clean” and choose the foods that will be the best choice for keeping your body fueled, healthy and energized. And the best part is, the foods are pretty big portions so we were always satisfied. And we still use some of those recipes during our normal routines because we loved them so much 🙂

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The Benefits of Exercising Regularly

Exercise is just as important as nutrition because it has such incredibly positive effects on the body. Getting our bodies up and moving can make all the difference in how we feel throughout the day, how we interact with others, and how we perform in every day tasks. To gain the benefits of exercise, you don’t have to go overboard in the gym for hours a day. All you need to start with is something that you can do every day for about 30 mins that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat 🙂

It helps to reduce stress and feelings of anxiety

Physical activity in general will produce a chemical in the brain called “Endorphins”. Did anyone else think of that line in legally blonde? “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” LOL Well it’s totally true. This chemical acts almost like a natural pain killer and can improve your mood and decrease anxiety pretty quickly.  As an individual who suffers from Anxiety, it’s imperative that I get exercise in every day.

Increases weight loss

When your body is functioning at an optimal level, you feel great on the inside. And when your nutrition is on point and you incorporate exercise into the mix, you’re now creating what’s called a “calorie deficit”. In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you’re consuming, which is why exercise is so important to the weight loss process.

It Improves confidence

Naturally, when you feel great on the inside and you’re starting to notice some positive changes on the outside, you start to feel better about yourself overall. When you feel better about yourself and the path you’re on, it’s inevitable that your confidence will increase.

So now we know that the question isn’t “Diet or exercise?”,  It’s, “Which diet and what exercise will be the best fit for me and my goals?” 🙂

I would love to help guide you in the right direction and answer any questions that you have if you’re struggling to figure out a plan that’s right for you. I run an ongoing support / accountability group to help people stay motivated on their health and fitness journey, because it’s a Lifestyle change.  Not a 21 Day change only 😉

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