I can say that it is a balancing act when trying to lose weight. You want to eat the right foods, that give you the correct nutrients, to have the energy to exercise – which will in turn make you feel more motivated because you release happy chemicals like endorphins. Poor nutrient lacking diets and over-exercising is just not something that can be sustained. These types of routines keep you feeling demotivated and tired and lacking in energy.
I want to shout it from the rooftops “weight loss is a lifelong journey – it’s not the 100 yard dash. Let’s take small sustainable steps instead of going full steam ahead and running out of energy in a week or two.
A healthy diet is so important to long term weight loss success. If we choose to rely on only exercise to lower the numbers on the scale, we will be setting ourselves up for disappointment and unfulfilled goals. When it comes to losing weight and controlling our weight, exercise is only a small part of the equation. The quantity of calories we burn up each day is not about how much we move around. It is mostly up to the basal metabolic rate. This BMR makes up about 80% of the energy that we use on a daily basis. That means that only 20% of the calories we burn or the energy that we use comes down to the exercise that we do.
This is exactly what is meant by that old saying “you cannot outrun a bad diet”. We cannot purely rely on exercise and we need to focus on nutrition. Of course we need to exercise for our overall health. The best we can do is to combine an improvement in diet with exercise. This is the balancing act that we need to try to perform each day.
Focus on making long lasting improvements in your diet, which will in turn give you the energy to exercise, which in turn will help you lose weight and improve your health.
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Congratulations – for taking your own health into your own hands.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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