When and Why to Separate Nutrition from Exercise
Some of us love a good workout.
Some of us may dread it.
But probably most of us believe that one really important reason to ramp up exercise is to burn more calories and maybe even lose some weight, right?
I hate to tell you this…but that couldn’t be further from the truth!
Now before you object—
- yes, exercise can help create a calorie deficit to help with weight loss
- yes, exercise DOES play an important role in our health
But working out for the sole purpose of losing weight is a very futile activity.
And, if we turn exercise into a penance for eating what we want, it’s likely we won’t be enjoying the act of exercising much at all.
This is why I believe that separating nutrition from exercise is VITAL for hitting your health and wellness goals, whatever they might be.
Sound nutrition must be practiced consistently and completely separate from your fitness routine. If losing weight is your goal, a calorie deficit is needed. You’ll have a very frustrating time trying to just “burn” the pounds away.
Exercise, on the other hand, should be viewed as an enjoyable way to improve fitness, health, strength and longevity.
If we can separate the two, we can begin to reap the benefits of both without getting frustrated.
So….when should we *not* separate the two? When we are fueling for performance! Then it’s game on. We need to hit the right amount of carbs, protein and fat to sustain us during our activity and to help our bodies recover.
Does this sound confusing and overwhelming? Send me a DM. I can help.