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Why Your Diet Matters More Than Exercise

By Genevieve Cunningham

When it comes to getting healthy, most people focus on two things: diet and exercise. We know that losing weight basically means eating less and moving more. But which is more important? The eating or the moving? Or are they of equal importance? While many people believe that a hardcore intense workout is the real way to substantial weight loss, the truth is that the biggest part of weight loss is in the kitchen! If you're trying to drop a few pounds, take a look at why your diet matters even more than exercise in your quest.

You Can't See All of the Damage

One of the hardest parts about a bad diet is that we often don't see the consequences for quite a while. We don't eat a donut and immediately see five pounds around our middle. Instead, the damaging side effects creep up on us. We may go from a perfectly healthy weight to 30 pounds overweight in a year's time. But even worse than the weight, we may not see the damage to the heart and arteries. We may not see the heightened risk of disease. Because we can't see the damage immediately, we need to be cautious in our diet. Eat well, and those scary side effects will be far less likely.

You Can't Outrun a Poor Diet

A lot of people believe that you can eat whatever you want as long as you're working out hard. But unfortunately, that's just not true. If you're Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and burning thousands upon thousands of calories every day, then you can probably slack on your diet. But most of us aren't burning those kinds of calories. When you eat that cookie, you may have to run a mile just to burn it off. And that doesn't include the soda or the piece of candy or the flavored coffee. The harsh truth is that you can't outrun a bad diet. If you really want to lose weight, you have to watch the calories first.

You Have to Fuel Your Body Well

The body needs fuel. And even though we'd love it, donuts and chocolate and soda are simply not the right kind. Our bodies need the proper nutrients and vitamins to thrive. If we don't feed it well, we'll be malnourished, even if we're overweight. If you want your body to work efficiently and to protect you long-term, then you have to fuel it with the right foods to give it a fighting chance.

Your diet matters so much! We are what we eat, so you may as well eat healthy foods. If you want to lose weight, focus on your diet first. As you get your diet under control, you can add exercise, and you'll eventually be moving your body toward the healthiest it's been and the best you've ever felt. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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