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Lean Body = 20% Fitness – 80% Diet

We all want to have that fit, lean and healthy body and it is easy to be impressed with the look of those “health and fitness experts” we see on Instagram, Facebook or other media platforms. But how much of it is real?

It is simply about marketing… putting a specific image out there with the sole purpose of selling something whether it be a product, fitness tips, nutritional information or personal training sessions and there is nothing better than a visual image, representing a brand, to create a desire for whatever is being sold.

A great example of marketing a brand or product is personal training sessions where meal planning is also provided at an added cost. I often hear clients say that their previous trainer was offering meal planing, saying that the key to maintaining a lean and fit body is “20% fitness and 80% what you eat”. In my opinion, this is partially true but at the same time statements such as this are made to move the client’s focus away from a product they have already purchased to one that they will purchase. In reality it is not accurate to say that diet is any more important than exercise.

What we also need to understand that so many “fitness people, do not necessarily follow what they are telling their clients to do and don’t even follow the same workout programming. A lot of those “perfectly lean and muscular bodies” are maintained by other means such as fat burners, steroids and weekly food binges known as cheat days, all of which are completely counter productive to a health and fitness lifestyle. This may work to achieve the results some people desire but it does not work if your focus is, like mine, “health and fitness for living…for life”.

So as far as my opinion goes, the 80–20 rule is to some extent, just bro science. It’s just that setting a perfect diet is more difficult than setting a good workout routine.

It pretty much comes down to calories consumed vs. calories expended. But it is important to make sure your eating is on point and that you work your ass off in the gym. If you make this your lifestyle then you will succeed.

Oh also, make sure you are getting enough rest because this is what encourages the growth of lean muscle. Make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep everyday. Good luck and don’t forget a regular program of self-care.

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