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Nutrition vs. Fitness


Monday, February 03, 2014

They say nutrition is 80% of the weight loss battle. What do you think about that? In my experience, I can tell that it's true. I wasn't happy to admit this because working out has always been easier than watching my food. But calorie burns, even on a rigorous workout, don't add up to simple calorie restriction. For me, it's more than just cutting calories. It's choosing the right calories. I won a book, 'Eat this, not that' a few years ago. I flipped through it and didn't think much of it. Fast food wasn't my problem. That book would've converted me sooner if they had frozen, pre-packaged meals as comparison.

I'm here to tell you, you don't have to get it right all the time to make it work. Just plan your meals for a week and swap one packaged meal for one with a fresh lean meat and vegetables. Keep the prep simple and go big on seasonings. Have fun trying new recipes and different ways to prepare food. When you find something everyone likes, include it in the weekly rotation. Your body will thank you for it!
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HERMIEME 2/5/2014 6:00AM

    emoticon for this suggestion. I eat at least one no name frozen dinner per day. They're $1.49 regularly and often on for 99 , so this will be a challenge but you really have inspired me!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/4/2014 7:09PM

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RYDERB 2/4/2014 12:09PM

    I agree. Proper nutrition is the key to losing weight for me. But I also agree with you that proper nutrition and calories are two completely different things. When my focus was only on calorie consumption no amount of tweaking made a difference. It was only through exercise, which luckily is the easiest part of the equation for me too, that I was able to keep weight off and lose any additional weight. But once I eliminated processed foods, gluten, grains, legumes, and dairy and started eating mostly real foods, protein, veggies, fruits, nuts, and healthy fat the weight started coming off, without counting a single calorie. The foods or non foods that we eat can cause hormonal reactions that make us more healthy or less healthy. We each need to find our own perfect balance.

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JUNESHOPE 2/4/2014 2:31AM

    emoticon I haven't added exercise yet. When ever I start a program, I always start with getting the food side of it under control before I add the exercise portion. One women's story I read about, who had lost over 100 pounds, said she didn't even add exercise until she had lost 50 lbs, because she hated to exercise.

I can cut my calories pretty easy, but getting myself to exercise is the hardest part. You've got that down PAT!
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JCARDINAL 2/3/2014 2:54PM

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SIMONEKP 2/3/2014 12:58PM

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MRSP90X 2/3/2014 12:16PM

    I believe you are %100 right! Although, individually we have are own issues with hormones, hormones is the engine to metabolism. What we eat is %80 and some successful people even say %90 of where weight loss is AND a key component to HEALTH. I am looking though for fat loss verses weight loss, as I want to keep my muscle and not burn it off, BUT I am also looking for health and food provides the information our body needs to signal hormones and gives vital nutrients. So, I don't necessarily just think of it in terms of calorie restriction but providing the body with an environment to meet our own hormonal needs for losing fat.

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LETHA_ 2/3/2014 10:20AM

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SGTSUNNY 2/3/2014 10:03AM

    Love this idea of swapping out and trying new recipes

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POOKASLUAGH 2/3/2014 9:29AM

    For me, that statement is 100% false. I've eaten the same amounts at meals and snacks for my entire life, while gaining and losing. If I eat less, my body stops losing weight. If I eat more, I don't gain, but then again, I never eat TONS more. As long as I stick within about a 1700-2600 calorie range, I maintain without exercise. It's only exercise that moves the scale down.

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LOVELESMILLS 2/3/2014 8:55AM

  Great!

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