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Diet vs Exercise – And the conundrum of making work 'fun'…

Posted May 25 2011 8:03am

If you do what you love, you will never have to work for a day. Well, that's what Confucius , one of the greatest Chinese thinkers and social philosophers, once said. And no, this is anything but what you will find on those blessed "fortune cookies"…

Interestingly, I came across this article that challenged this simple truth, and it made me think that the 'sunshine and rainbows' doesn't work with anything anyways.

So it's seemed the author is going through an obvious phase of cynicism…

Diet and Exercise – They go hand in hand

Stress is always going to be a part of your life no matter what you do, regardless of whether you do what you love or not and to expect any less is to delude yourself. It's this stress that motivates you to do better, if you didn't know this already!

And just like work and stress go hand in hand, diet and exercise are two things that go together… yes, just like it takes two hands to clap!

Most fitness experts and medical professionals seem to think so…

But just for argument's sake, let's go over the diet vs exercise debate!

Situation #1: Diet Only

Most people who fall into this category are people who have full-time jobs (and I mean, really full-time). Even if they are conscious of the fact that both these important aspects have to taken care of, they are often too exhausted or busy to work out, and even if they are able to keep up with it, this only happens for a short period before the rigor of work demotivates them to make enough excuses to keep them from the gym.

Of course, if you're in the rat race to make more money, then remember that when you touch your 50s, you'll be spending this money anyways on your health if you're careful! Sorry but it's for you to think about…

However, if you are careful with what you eat by following the food pyramid structure along with a serious focus on portion control, you'll find that you are not only able to maintain but drop that fat (not weight!) off your body as well.

Yet there's no doubt that exercise makes fat loss that more effective…

Situation #2: Exercise Only

When it comes to working out, the recommended limit is about 150 minutes (about two and a half hours) every week. Yet so many fitness buffs forget that just because they work out regularly, that doesn't mean they can eat whatever they like.

(There are some foods that can easily discourage you from working out. Try a binging on alcohol or fast food… as depicted by the Supersize Me documentary.)

As we all know, calories are added to our body when we eat foods that are high in bad fats. You can pile on at least 100 calories rather easily while only being able to burn about 400 calories by using dumbbells and cardio in your workout!

If you do the math, you'll know that it doesn't "add up" in your favor… and perhaps this video should demonstrate this fact in detail.

In Closing

And worst of all, cynicism in regards to your profession is just as self-defeating when applied to diet and exercise . Like Arnie said… it's the mind that gives up first before the body does…

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