As summer sets in and the bikinis come out, the whole fit vs. food debate is a particularly hot topic. Well, the science is now showing what most gym-junkies have likely known for years- there really is no debate. “As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise.” These new findings have given me a freeing new perspective on how to approach my own wellness.
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For years, I was dedicated gym bunny, obsessed with the “count” that is, how many calories did my workouts burn and could I push myself further, longer or faster to burn more. Yet, I often found it really didn’t make a big difference to my overall bottom (ahem) line. More recently, I’ve focused my energies on balance and fun. I still exercise each day because I’m addicted to the endorphins and it makes me feel mentally and physically great… but I now try to focus on the types of classes, movement, etc. that I really enjoy.
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This being said, I am more conscious of tracking what and how I eat, and I try to practice the 80/20 rule. During the week I use a mobile app (myfitnesspal, livestrong, weightwatchers are all great) and generally try to stay carbohydrate and dairy free. On the weekends, I enjoy myself. This approach has left me less injured, happier and feeling my fittest ever. So the jury is in for me- “the secret” really is a balance. Oh dear, could balance be my new obsession?
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