So many people will argue that they can eat anything and just “exercise it off”, until they reach a certain age when they can’t keep up with their extreme exercise regime and then it becomes all diet.
I am lean all year round and I have never counted macros and rarely think about the 80% diet – 20% exercise rule. I don’t make a point of completely restricting myself when it comes to food; however, I do understand the importance of eating healthy and exercise and I made moderation, clean eating and exercise part of my lifestyle.
I do believe; however, that our weight is strongly influenced by the relationship between the number of calories we consume (the food and fluids consumed) and the number of calories expended.
Now to answer the question of the 80% diet – 20% exercise question. Well, in my opinion, it is 100% diet if you look at it from a different perspective. You cannot use exercise to lose weight other than if you go from being 100% sedentary and very overweight. In this case small amounts of exercise on a regular basis will result in weight loss and it will happen quickly; however, the rapid weight loss will not last if you don’t change what you are eating. Now if you use just exercise as a means of staying lean and fit you would have a bunch or really shredded and fit people walking around but seriously where are these people other than on #adobegram or #filtergram :).
What is generally true is that your weight is actually much more influenced by your eating habits than by how you exercise. Basically, maintain healthy eating along with a regular fitness program, remembering that:
Maintenance of weight – CALORIES IN = CALORIES OUT
Weight loss – CALORIES IN SHOULD BE < CALORIES OUT
So, in conclusion, all it really comes down to is being disciplined enough to make the right choices, creating good habits and focusing on working towards your health and fitness goals.
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