If the confinement, the lack of physical activity and the stress of quarantine gave you a few extra pounds, it’s time to stop and do something about your health. What do you think is more convenient, diet or exercise?
The first thing you should consider is that weight is not so important, because you can weigh a lot and have pure muscle. If your goal is to eliminate that extra “fat”, what you are looking for is to improve your body composition, that is, to decrease the
percentage of fat, regardless of your weight.
Diet Is The Most Important Thing.
It won’t do you any good to exercise every day if you don’t eat a balanced diet. Some people think that by exercising they can eat as much as they want and, by giving themselves permission to overdo it, instead of losing weight they put on weight.
Everyone must learn to eat healthily, and it is not only to lose weight, but to perform better in all activities, as well as to prevent diseases.
In fact, if you go on a pure diet, you will lose weight, but there may come a time when you “stagnate”, and need exercise to speed up your metabolism. Also, if you want to look better, physical activity will help you lose fat faster and gain muscle mass, which sometimes pure diet cannot achieve.
Exercise And Its Many Benefits.
Just as you should eat well, rest and do your medical check-ups, exercise should no longer be an option, but a part of your daily life. If you haven’t done so, it’s time to add it to your agenda. In addition to losing weight faster, staying active has many other benefits:
- Improved quality of sleep.
- It helps prevent and control disorders like depression and anxiety by releasing endorphins, chemicals that give a sense of well-being.
- It reduces stress.
- Increases self-esteem.
- Increases concentration and productivity.
So, although exercise is not the most important thing to lose weight, it is necessary for your health. But it should be something you enjoy, not a punishment for some permission you gave yourself in the diet. Follow the 80-20 rule. Eat 80% of the time in a healthy way, and only 20% of the time allow yourself to do something that you really want to do. Enjoy the process and find the kind of exercise that makes you happy.