A Powerful Reason Exercise and Nutrition Should Go Together

by Anna D

As a personal trainer in Concord, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas, I always advice my clients to eat less and move more in order to lose weight. While this is true and will always be true, you don’t hear many people ask how the two factors, diet and exercise, work together. Because I see so many people do one without the other I thought I would discuss how their synergistic effect can give you more results in less time. In fact, when you exercise and don’t eat less or vice versa, not only will your weight loss be slow but you probably won’t like the way you look even if you’ve achieved your goal weight.

So, what is synergy? Synergy happens when the result of two things coming together is greater than their additive effect. For instance, you have an exercise program that will make you lose 1 lb a week. Then, with a great nutrition program , you can lose 2 lbs a week. With synergy, 1+2 does not equal 3; it equals 7! This is how the combination of exercise and nutrition can be a powerful tool in fat loss.

I am baffled when people try to lose weight with just exercise or just eating less. Why not multiply your results by doing both? As our metabolism slows down with age, exercise is the only way we can even out the playing field or even increase the odds that we will lose stubborn body fat as it increases our metabolism. At the same time, taking advantage of eating nutritious foods is a great way to have food work towards achieving your goals instead of against them.

But, take note that you would have to have a good workout program, designed by for your goal by a fitness professional in order for you to achieve this synergistic effect. The same thing goes for your nutrition. While most people who just started the weight loss process may lose a fair amount of weight in the beginning, their body will tend to adapt to both diet and exercise that they would need a more advanced level of exercise and nutrition programming. Most of the time, this will involve changing their current programs to continually see results. In fact, this is how fat loss plateaus happen – people doing the same thing over and over again and yet they expect more results.

So, what can you do to continually harness the power of synergy? Here are some tips:

  • Re-calculate Your Calorie Deficit – if you knew how many calories you were eating before you reached a fat loss plateau, you will know how many less calories you should eat so you can lose more weight. If you don’t know what your calorie deficit number is, download this document to calculate your calorie deficit.
  • Try a Done-for-you Workout Program – you can accomplish this by hiring a personal trainer in Concord, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas or going to a fitness bootcamp. Most of these programs are superior to something that you make up on your own because fitness professionals have the knowledge to design goal-specific programs.
  • Experiment with Your Nutrition – people may have very different responses to certain diets. In this context, when I say diet, I’m referring to the way you eat and not fad diets that you follow for a few weeks. It took me awhile to find the right nutrition strategy that fits my body type and my lifestyle. If you’re interested in reading more about what worked for me, check out strategy #2 in this article about my favorite nutrition strategies. Losing weight requires a fair amount of trial and error which is the reason why it can be frustrating for many people. But, once you try something that works for you, you will be set for life.

If you’ve been trying to lose weight without exercising or without changing your diet, this may be the answer to why your weight loss has stalled. Following these 3 strategies will sure help you get closer to your goal weight. You might be thinking that you can’t afford to hire a personal trainer here in Concord, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas but because losing weight gives you a great health benefit, not to mention a sexier body, you can’t afford not to. This process can be as simple as asking yourself, “how important is losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle to me?”

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