By Tim Robards
We know there are no shortcuts when it comes losing weight – and keeping it off. But there is one thing you need to focus on if you want long lasting results.
It’s an interesting question. One that is most likely answered if you reverse it and ask yourself… Which of those three was the cause of your weight gain in the first place – if you have weight to lose, that is. Was it a lack of sleep, poor food choices or a lack of exercise? That might provide you the answer staright-up, but if not, let’s deconstruct it.
Without a good night’s sleep, you usually won’t feel like exercising and will most likely be craving stimulants like caffeine and sugary food to keep you going the next day.
When it comes to cutting out exercise, you could definitely still manage your weight if you balance your input verse output when it comes to fueling your body.
However, if your diet has turned into something your dog would only sniff at but you were still sleeping and exercising well, then there is a high potential you could be carrying extra weight.
But, to answer the original question, if you had to pick one that was the most influential on weight loss – assuming the other two elements were mediocre – it’s your nutrition that comes out on top as the most responsible stacking on the weight, or taking it off.
In saying that, the best way to maximise your weight-loss (or maintenance potential) is to keep up all three. No, there are no shortcuts when it comes to a balanced lifestyle and diet – but here are the unique benefits of each.
The benefits of regular exercise
· Exercise helps you to cope better with stress and stimulates your endorphins – the ‘feel good’ hormones.
· Exercise is important for helping prevent many lifestyle related diseases.
· Intense physical activity can maintain sex hormones, boost libido and help men avoid erectile dysfunction.
· Exercise helps to maintain a healthy metabolism so you can afford to eat a little more as a result.
· Exercise increases lymph and blood movement around the body to support a healthy immune system.
· Exercise, especially at the right times throughout the day can aid in a more restful sleep.
The benefits of a quality sleep
· A good night’s sleep supports your immune system.
· Studies show that there is a link between a lack of sleep and increased incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart attacks.
· Sleep may help support sexual function whereas insufficient sleep in men has been shown to decrease testosterone which can also affect your ability to gain muscle and your overall wellbeing.
· You train better and harder when you are well rested.
· Sleep is essential for proper growth and repair of muscle so don’t miss out on those gains!
The importance of a well-balanced diet
I think everyone knows that poor food choices can cause weight issues, lifestyle diseases and an overall poorer quality of life. Every cell in our body has a recipe (DNA) much like a cake mix. If we don’t have the right ingredients (from our diet) then our cells weaken and age quicker over time, and we don’t thrive. Quite simply, you are what you eat.
So on that point, I like to follow (and I recommend this to clients) to use my 721 formula when it comes to eating – 70 per cent clean and whole food, 20 per cent sensible and 10 per cent relaxed. It’s very doable and easy for anyone to stick to as it is not super restrictive.
Source: Body & Soul | not affiliated with Aetrex Worldwide