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Why Your Diet Matters Far More Than Your Workout

By Genevieve Cunningham

I’ve heard many people say something like, "I work out so I can eat whatever I want!" While this is a nice thought, the reality of it is not true at all, and it always makes me cringe a little. Working out is an excellent way to build strength and burn calories, but it’s not a way to cover up a terrible diet. In fact, it will never work! Take a look at these reasons why your diet matters way more than your workout when it comes to getting fit and staying healthy.

You Can’t Exercise the Poor Nutrients Away

While you may be able to burn calories with exercise, it can never take away all of the junk that goes into your body through a bad diet. It won’t negate the pounds of sugar. It won’t negate the grease from fried foods. Those things are still in your body taking up space that should be used for healthy vitamins and minerals. And of course, exercise won’t put the necessary nutrients into your body either. So even if you’re an exercise junkie, a bad diet will still be a part of your body and mind unless you make the necessary changes.

Your Caloric Intake Will Never Match Up

If you haven’t already tracked both the calories going into your body as well as the calories burned during exercise, you might be shocked at the difference. More specifically, you’ll probably be shocked at how many go in and how few come back out. If your diet is particularly bad, you simply don’t have the time or energy to burn enough to make a difference. So when they say that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, they mean it literally.

You Are What You Eat

You’ve undoubtedly heard the famous expression, you are what you eat. Notice that this does not say, you are what you exercise. Why? Because it’s not true. Exercise can bring about some wonderful benefits to your body, but the food that you eat is literally what makes you who you are physically. If you drink too much alcohol, your body will show it. If you eat too much sugar, it will show again. When you’re thinking about downing that whole pizza, just remember that you are what you eat, and stick to one slice before reaching for a salad.

Should you still incorporate exercise into your routine? Yes! Exercise is a wonderful and incredibly beneficial way to improve your health as a whole. But if your diet doesn’t match your fitness dedication, you’ll never meet your goals. Be smart about your diet, exercise as a supplement, and enjoy the better health that comes along.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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