Dieting and Fitness

by Carla Henderson

A diet is a plan of eating that helps people lose weight and achieve their fitness goals. Drinking water, exercising regularly, or cutting down on sugar might be helpful for some while others need to follow an intense exercise routine with strict food guidelines in order to get the best results. This article will explore different strategies you can use depending on your lifestyle and needs so make sure to have all options available when deciding what path suits you!


It's sad but true. The long and healthy life is not just a result of dieting and working out, it takes both to keep your body feeling great! There are two different aspects that need to be taken into account: the food you eat as well as how often you work up a sweat at the gym. It might seem like these things go hand in hand or they're one thing all together, but nothing could be further from what we know about human health! You can have perfect dietary habits while still being lazy when it comes time for fitness routines; conversely, someone with an average workout regimen is able to maintain their weight even if they don't watch what goes on their plate most days


Jimmy Buffett sings about the importance of taking care of yourself and not letting it all go to waste. In "Fruitcakes," his 'lady' is lamenting: "'I treat my body like a temple,' you say, but your temples are covered in dirt."


It's no surprise that people have been quick to jump on the bandwagon of those endorsing these products. After all, it seems like every celebrity has jumped onto one type or another in order to lose weight and keep slim for their fans. When I think about this phenomenon, I can't help but wonder if they're just jumping out of desperation because there are so many programs being offered now that might be too good to turn down even when you know better than anyone else how ineffective diet plans could really be at helping with your goals?


To be completely honest, it is possible to shed pounds through diet alone. It is difficult but possible. It is also possible to be physically fit and have a few extra pounds hanging around. To a large degree we are what we eat. If we consume a high fat low substance diet our bodies are going to lack the fuel required to burn the fat. At the same time if we aren't providing our bodies with the tools it needs to build muscle it doesn't matter how many weights we lift.


When it comes to diet and fitness, the best results are achieved when they work together rather than separately. Use your fitness routine to burn excess calories and use your diet in order to properly provide your body the nutrients and fuel it needs to build muscle. I've heard many times in my life that a pound of muscle weighs less than a pound of fat. While this is not true at all, a pound is a pound regardless; a pound of muscle occupies less space on the body than a pound of fat. Pound for pound, I would much rather mine be composed of muscle than fat. Dieting alone does not build muscle and that is something you will do well to remember in your efforts.


You should also realize that as you are building muscle you may be shedding inches while not showing a great deal of progress on the scale. It is very important that you keep this in mind throughout the weight loss process. Do not measure your progress by the scales alone or you will achieve misleading results. The problem is that far too many people do just this and get frustrated and give up when they are actually making progress. Do not allow yourself to be a victim of the scales. Look in the mirror, try on your tight pants, and measure your waistline. Measure your success by how you feel after climbing a flight of stairs not by how many pounds fell of the scale this week.


By incorporating fitness into your diet routine you are also enabling your body to burn off any extra calories you may have consumed during the day. This means that if you want to have a small 'cheat' during your day, you can make up for it by burning a few more calories than normal in the evening. This isn't something that should happen often but an occasional occurrence isn't going to make or break your diet.


You should also look at dieting and fitness as a ball and glove type of relationship. While you can play ball without the glove, it seems to work so much better if you have both. Diet and fitness when combined can create fantastic weight loss results for those who take them both seriously. The thing to remember is that neither works as well alone and neither will work unless you are willing to do the work. You must make this a priority in your life in order to achieve the best possible results.