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Fitness is 80% Nutrition and 20% Exercise: How True Is It?

Did you know you have to run 7-10 miles a day to lose one pound in a week?

That might give a right kick to those who absolutely love running. For the rest of us, it’s a gigantic task.

This is one of the reasons why the Pareto principle fits in so well when discussing the ingredients of fitness. Fitness is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. And many health experts and trainers agree in unison.

Losing even 700 calories require a lot of physical activity. On the contrary, you can create that deficit in calories by easily skipping your bowl of night-time chocolate gelato.

All About Calculation

Ask any certified nutrition health coach or weight loss specialist, they would tell you that burning extra fat is all about calculation. You must calculate the number of calories you’re consuming and the amount you’re burning.

Generally, you want to burn more calories than you consume. This will create a calorie deficit, helping you lose weight.

How you create this deficit depends on so many different factors – including one’s own preferences and habits.

Are you okay running miles every day to lose a pound in a week? The majority of the people who are chasing the ideal weight range aren’t “okay”. Many can’t, others don’t have time, and then there are those who don’t want that much work.

This is where daily diet – or nutrition to be more specific – becomes important to heed to.

In proportion to the 80/20 ratio, what you eat is more important vs. working out when trying to create a significant calorie deficit – when trying to lose weight.

Eat The Right Foods

Stop putting your workout session on the pedestal, over-prioritizing it more than it should. Give your meals a hard look.

What are you eating? What is your daily calorie intake? Is your body getting an adequate amount of essential nutrients?

These are essential questions to answer. Of course, unless you’re a health expert yourself, consulting a certified nutrition expert is a much better idea in regards to what kind of diet you should have to achieve your fitness goals.

There are a few food items that help burn fat better and faster. They do so by boosting your metabolic rate, lowering your appetite, and reducing your food intake. This combines to reduce your body fat.

Some of the fat-burning foods include salmon, sardines, eggs, green tea, berries, avocados, walnuts, olive oil, brown rice, split peas, and yogurt. Consult your doctor and add more of these foods in your daily meals.

Working Out Isn’t Less Important

Now, all said, it doesn’t mean you should ditch workout altogether just because your diet has your fitness goals covered.

Trying to lose fat by eating less is unhealthy. In fact, our body resists such efforts, making weight loss more difficult.

So, getting a moderate workout every day is essential.

Trying to achieve a weight margin should be a collective work of exercising and eating right, rather than entirely depending on the latter.

If you want to burn 500 calories today: instead of not eating 500-calorie worth of food, you can work out to burn 200 calories and eat at least 200 calories. It’s a much healthier combination to lose weight the right way.


Indeed, you don’t have to strictly adhere to this 80/20 ratio. You can eat thoughtfully and workout less – or you can workout more and eat more.

In the end, the key is to understand the calculations of the calories and the fact that it’s much easier to burn a few hundred calories through diet vs. working out.

Find a good weight loss specialist, discuss with them your health needs, come up with a proper dietary regiment, and then work along with that plan to accomplish the desired fitness.

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