Why Diet is Top Dog in Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of those goals that almost everyone has on their list. Whether it’s five pounds or 50, most of us could stand to lose a few. For many, beginning the weight loss process means hours and hours running or lifting in the gym. Maybe that’s why so many of us fail before we ever get started.

If this sounds like you, there’s some good news. Most of the weight loss process can actually be attributed to diet. While exercise is incredibly beneficial to your process, it’s not necessarily the most important aspect. Take a look at these reasons why getting your diet in check is the biggest concern for losing weight and keeping it off.

Calories In vs. Calories Out

The basic concept of losing weight all comes down to your calories. Are you burning more than you’re taking in? Great! Then you’ll be losing weight. If you’re taking in more than you burn, then you’re on the road to weight gain. The worse your diet, the more likely you are to be a part of the latter group. While you burn some calories naturally throughout the day, it’s not enough to burn off dozens of donuts or second and third helpings. The cleaner your diet, the fewer calories you have to burn off to lose, and the less time you have to spend working out.

You Can’t Out Exercise a Bad Diet

It took me a really, really long time to learn this, but it’s true. A poor diet can’t be beaten with exercise. If you’re taking in a huge amount of sugar, processed foods, bad fats, and other unhealthy food, you can’t exercise enough to burn it all off. Not to mention that this keeps your body from getting the proper nutrients that it needs for efficient function. No amount of exercise is going to replace those nutrients in your body. If you’ve ever heard the expression “you are what you eat,” then you already know the truth behind this rule. After all, it’s not “you are what you exercise” … so eat the foods that will keep you healthy and strong.

So, Should I Skip Exercise?

Exercise is an excellent addition to any routine. It builds muscle, burns fat, improves lung function and heart health, and keeps you flexible and active. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your body. But, even if you’re working out like a beast, a poor diet will keep you unhealthy. Add exercise to a healthy diet, and you’ll see results like you’ve never seen before.

Losing weight is hard; there is certainly no doubt about that. Give yourself a fighting chance by getting your diet on point. The better you eat, the better you’ll feel, and the stronger and healthier you’ll be able to keep your body and mind for a lifetime.

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