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Diet vs Exercise: Where should you start?
I get approached by many people telling me they want to lose weight. Interestingly enough, that statement is often followed by this question: “Should I start with diet or exercise?”
Well, here is my take on this. It’s kind of like the chicken and the egg debate. Does it really matter which one is first? Not really, because you can’t have one without the other. The same goes for diet and exercise. It doesn’t matter where you start as long as you start! But in order to have real and long-lasting results, you need diet AND exercise.
Here are a couple of (almost) real life examples:
- We all know somebody that has lost 20, 30, 40 or more pounds with just diet alone. Sure, that person has gone down a few dress sizes, but they look kind of soft and squishy and get out of breath just walking up a flight of stairs.
- What about that friend who is at the gym everyday sweating it out with the best of them? She meets you for lunch, orders a cheeseburger, french fries, and a diet coke, then complains that she can’t fit into her pre-pregnancy jeans. Hmmmmm. Wonder why….
So what’s the take-away? First, don’t wait for the stars to align before you take control of your health. Start now!!! Maybe you want to focus on your eating habits. That’s great! Maybe you want to start by establishing an exercise routine that you can maintain. Fabulous! Just start and remember that in order to feel the full benefits of these changes you will have to include both diet AND exercise. You won’t be sorry that you do!
Have a healthy day!
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Mom of 3 amazing kids, health and fitness professional, Turbo Kick junkie, and Transformation Specialist helping people transform into better versions of themselves!