Diet vs Exercise: which is better?

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Only work out and you’ll have a hard time losing inches or pounds. Only diet and you might end up skinny-fat. Together, they have a symbiotic effect.

The Impact of Eating a Healthy Diet
What I mean by “diet” is the way you eat. What you put in your body is your diet. A healthy diet generally means eating clean and staying hydrated. Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, lean proteins, and lots of water.

You’ll be Happier
Your diet has a bigger impact on how you feel than you might think. By eating the right foods—particularly complex carbs, iron-rich foods, and foods high in omega-3s—you can boost your serotonin levels and energy levels so you feel happier and more equipped to handle what life throws at you.

Your Digestive System will be happier
The Standard American Diet is high in saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and low in fruits and vegetables. The body responds to this in a variety of negative ways, and one of them is with sluggish digestion. Fried foods and foods high in fat can slow down your digestive system. A lack of fruits and vegetables results in not getting enough fiber for everything to move down the digestive tract, and if you’re not drinking enough water then everything can get…stuck. The result is constipation. When you eat a healthy diet, your digestive tract runs like clockwork.

You will achieve a Healthy Weight
“You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” “Abs are made in the kitchen.”  You’ve heard these classic, clichéd adages before, and they’re true. People who go to the gym five to six days a week. But they don’t eat right and they’re all still overweight. They all still look the same as they did three years ago when I saw them. You can undo a good workout with one wrong meal.

The Impact of Regular Exercise
You need to exercise. It doesn’t matter if you’re at your goal weight or not. We are built to either move or fall apart.

You’ll Feel Less Stressed and Happier
Like diet, exercise can help reduce the amount of the stress hormones floating around in your bloodstream and boost your serotonin levels so that you feel happier. Even low levels of exercise can help alleviate and may prevent depression.

You’ll Sleep Better
Exercise helps you sleep in numerous ways, the simplest being that it breaks down tissue, which makes you tired because your body knows that it’s the best time period to make repairs. Thus, it’s not surprising that studies have shown regular exercise helps cure insomnia.

You’re Less Likely to Get Sick
Exercise increases your lymph circulation in the long run and the result is improved immunity against getting sick.

Exercise has been shown to boost your overall energy levels, improve bone density, lower cholesterol, and decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.

It Can Help You Lose Weight
To really see results on the scale, you need to create a caloric deficit. You burn X amount of calories a day. To maintain that weight, you need to eat that many calories a day. To lose weight, you need to eat less. Eat more and you gain weight.

You’ll Tone Up
If you can help it, you want to avoid being skinny-fat because a muscular body ages slower. You don’t need to be a bodybuilder, either. All exercise keeps your muscles toned, but for the toned “look” of sexy, defined arms, legs, back, and abs, you’ll want to resistance train.
The Benefits of Eating a Healthy Diet and Exercising Regularly

There is even more benefit to combining the two. A healthy diet helps you exercise better. It provides your body with the energy it needs in a workout so you can push harder, and it helps you recover quicker. In return, exercise helps you eat better. You start craving healthier foods to fuel your body and you become more in tune with what your body needs. Perhaps most importantly, doing them both at once greatly speeds up results.

 

Note: this blog was inspired by an article written by Rebecca Swanner at Beachbody.com

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