The simple answer to this question is that both are equally as important. How can you be “healthy” if you don’t eat healthy or be fit if you don’t exercise? In my humble opinion you can’t.
Yesterday I stumbled across an article that was entitled “How to Eat Anything You Want and Be Fit For Life“. Just the title alone pisses me off. If you want to go read the three-part series go ahead. It’s basically just another fad that leads people down an unhealthy lifestyle and teaches them terrible eating habits.
The concept is known as EET Fitness Plan or Eating and Exercise TIMING. The idea is that if you eat at certain times of the day and work out you will still lose weight and be “healthy” for life. The selling point is
No Dieting, Calorie Counting or Supplements –
Just Eating The Foods YOU CHOOSE To Eat At the Right Times!
I’m not here to blast this guys idea or “Plan”. It obviously worked for him and a few other people, so I can’t completely discredit his method. My argument here is the mindset that you create when you say “I’m going to eat whatever I want”.
FACT: You don’t become fat by making good eating or exercise choices. And you can’t be healthy by making poor choices either.
Living a healthy lifestyle is all about YOUR choices. Most of the time when I see methods like EET they come from people who need to drop 20 or so pounds or from personal trainers who’ve always been fit. They certainly aren’t developed by people who know what it’s like to struggle with their weight. Sure those people can eat candy, cupcakes, drink soda, eat sugar loaded foods, high carb meals etc. and still be thin because their metabolism allows them to do so. I’d like to see them try to lose 80+ lbs by eating whatever they want. FACT: It won’t happen.
Riddle me this, what happens when that person who’s eating cake everyday, along with a slew of other terrible foods ceases to work out? Will they maintain their weight? The answer is 100% NO! Obviously, over time they will gain the weight back and probably pack on a few extra pounds. Why do you think many professional athletes gain weight immediately following their retirement. They are used to burning thousands of calories a day combined with a very high caloric diet. But once that high intensity training is over the truth is the eating doesn’t stop. Which leads to massive weight gains. Most of us aren’t professional athletes but our bodies work the same.
So what is the answer to which is more important, “Exercise or Dieting”? Well, in my humble opinion it’s Dieting. As the old saying goes:
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” – Confucius
My goal is similar. Teach people how they can eat healthy everyday, and they’ll be healthy for a lifetime. It’s all about your mindset. Combine that healthy diet with excercise and you are indeed set for life.
If you would like to get started on becoming a more healthier you, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.