Monday, September 10, 2012

70% Diet, 30% Exercise

"You only work out 3 days a week? 
How are you losing so many inches?"

I've been getting that question a lot lately and the answer is simple: diet. Not diet as in eat as little as possible or torture yourself with foods you hate, but diet as in being aware of what goes in my belly.

When i first started my journey in January, my ratio was more like 100% exercise, 0% diet. I worked out 6 times a week but continued to eat the same way, though I did throw in the occasional salad here and there. 3 months in, I felt stronger but I looked relatively the same and I even gained a little weight!

MISCONCEPTION #1: As long as I do massive amounts of exercise, I can continue to eat the same way. For me, this was bubbletea 4 days a week, burgers, fries, deep fried anything, cheesy anything, bacon this and that, whenever i wanted.... which was usually every day!

TRUTH: Though I was getting stronger and gaining muscle, the fat covering the muscle remained the same because of the way I ate.

MISCONCEPTION #2: "Muscle weighs more than fat! That's why i'm gaining weight.... yes." I used this as justification for why i gained a little bit of weight and why i still looked relatively the same.

TRUTH: 1 lb of muscle weighs the same as 1 lb of fat, a pound is a pound. The difference between the two is that they look very different. 1 lb of fat takes up wayyy more space than 1 lb of muscle.

As soon as I realized I was focusing my efforts in the wrong area, my body started changing, inches started disappearing, and lbs started to drop, all while continuing to get stronger.  Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy eating, I have dessert every day and can eat most of what I like... the only difference is, it's now within guidelines and I'm much more aware of what and how much i'm feeding myself.

In summary, focus your efforts in the right area and you'll definitely start seeing the changes you're looking for!

There is not one secret magic diet that will work for everyone - do your research, read the labels, and use common sense. Eating mac and cheese for breakfast every day probably isn't going to do you much good - i know because i did this last Christmas. *cheesy burp*

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  2. Great post Kym, good information. Another thought that may motivate people to eat well rather than just working out is that very few people (only those very slim to start with) would want to turn all of their fat to muscle. It's much better to lose the fat. Oh, I have a bad slogan to share.

    "Burn the fat, don't turn the fat" (to muscle) :)

    PS - I know I'm having a bad day when I make a terrible typo and then make another typo in my comment about the typo!!!

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    1. haha, it's okay rick - it's monday, grammar and spelling mistakes are forgivable :P

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  3. Great post! I eat what I want whenever I want but then my diet has evolved to mostly eating healthy foods because that's what I crave for. I still eat cake, poutine and all that stuff but those kinds of foods are a minority in my diet.

    With that, I know I will never be REALLY lean because I love food too much but that's the compromised that I've already accepted and am very happy with myself.

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    1. yup! same here - my diet is definitely not 100% perfect but 90% of the time, i cook and eat whole foods and the other 10% of the time, i allow for fun stuff :P

      hey, as long as you're happy with where you're at then where you're at is a good place :)

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  4. I love your posts! i think i found your site through abby's blog... or melissa, not sure which... but your posts are very motivating! which is really helpful for people like me who easily lose track of trying to be healthy. definitely need to get better on staying on track...

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    1. hi julien! thanks for dropping by and reading my posts! i used to go off course from my fitness goals too but trust me, it's so rewarding once you stay on track and start seeing results!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!! ^__^

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  5. YOu are absolutely right about some of the misconceptions of eating and exercise. my favourite is the 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle! I always have to explain that one to my clients!

    PS I do have a favour to ask. can you vote for me to be the Ottawa, Canada Fashion blogger for one of our malls here?
    https://apps.facebook.com/vloggersearch/gallery/vote/21

    Thank you!

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    1. VOTED!!! Good luck, i'm sure you will do really well! ^__^

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  7. Great post. So true. The biggest trick for me, since I tried skipping desserts and then had to fight cravings, was choosing healthy options that didn't make me feel deprived. Fresh strawberries with a little bit of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkling of nuts, Gluten-free cookies...better choices in moderation. Thanks for sharing your experience :)

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    1. Yes, deprivation will just lead to eating 10x the amount later on!!! Haha! Everything in moderation, right? :)

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  8. wow Kym~you are determined and great job on your goals! I agree wholeheartedly that the way we eat is what makes me fitter, stronger, healthier...because as I always say, health starts from the inside out! I also mean that in terms of the heart and soul, but physically, we need to be as healthy as possible inside to be healthy on the outside. :) Thank you so much for visiting me!

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    1. thanks ellie! i'm so glad i found your blog :)

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  9. True! That's really the key... diet! =) It's not just about losing weight but it's about being healthier..

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    1. yup, you can be skinny but have the unhealthiest diet ever! not good! :P btw, i see that you're from the philippines through your profile! Awesome! me too.. though i reside in vancouver now. Whereabouts in the philppines are you?

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  10. I used to think counting calories was such a sad and pathetic thing to do but hey if it works, it works! The trick is also to fill yourself up with a good amount of healthy food that you have no space for junk! haha...

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    1. SAME HERE!!! Now i AM that person. Haha! But like you said, it works! I only leave myself about 10% cushion for junk... so i won't go crazy. :P

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  11. GREAT post, Kym! I've been meaning to blog about this same topic too...unless you're a professional athlete, it's almost impossible to out train a bad diet! If I have to compromise on diet or exercise, I will always put diet first...exercise makes me feel great but it's pointless without a healthy diet! It's also important to bear in mind that exercise is not an excuse to eat mindlessly...it's much easier to eat X amount of calories than it is to burn off that same amount!

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    1. YES! Like Michael Phelps who i hear eats a lot of junk... but he probably trains every day for the whole day! Like you said, what's the point of exercising if you're still eating the same crap? Might as well save time and not exercise at all! and YES! I know a lot of people who continue to do the same exercise which they hate so that they can eat however they want to eat. Needless to say, they usually quit the exercise not too long after... i know because that used to be me. Haha! Also you're right about the eating vs burning it off... i remember this photo that went viral a while back where it had different desserts in a bakery but each dessert was labeled with the amount of exercise you'd have to do to burn it off. Ex. on a donut, it would say something like "4 hours of tennis." :P

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  12. Thanks for the post. I totally agree with you. It's so much about finding a regiment that you can live with and not going to extremes. Thanks again!

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