Friday, June 13, 2014

Exercise and Diet at the Same Time.. to do or not to do that is the question?

Most people resolve to lose weight and get into shape right before they try on a swimsuit or go to the pool. And most people fail. Why? My guess is that it has a lot to do with exercise. You read that right. Exercise. 

(Perhaps it’s worth noting here that I’m not a physician, nutritionist or exercise physiologist. I’m also a person with a reputation for believing the exact opposite of conventional wisdom. And I might be a bit cray cray.)

Don’t get me wrong. I know that exercise is good for you. And if you have everything else in your life under control, by all means do it. But if you need to lose a few pounds, my opinion is that your time is better spent changing your eating habits than going to the gym. Here’s why:
  • I believe that eating well is the best way to lose weight and feel great.
  • Eating well takes time.
  • Exercise takes time away from eating well.
Again, if you have lots of time and tremendous willpower (or a personal chef), try doing everything at once. Resolve to eat less, exercise more, save money, write a novel, learn to knit — go to town! But if you can only manage to do one thing, focus on the food.
Then, in a month, when you feel great because you’ve lost 8 pounds and have more energy, start exercising. You’ll probably feel like exercising anyway.

That’s my plan. One habit at a time, with food first.
Other conventional wisdom that I dismiss: low-fat foods, whole grains, fiber supplements and folding underwear.

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