The 80/20 Rule, Refined

I've mentioned the 80/20 rule previously in this post and again here. The general concept is that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. But I heard something recently that really rang home:

Diet is for weight loss, Exercise is for getting fit.

This is similar to my own comments above but refines it more and separates it, which makes so much sense!

I've used this tactic in the past when I was ready to start getting healthier but changing both diet and exercise at once seemed too daunting. One surprising side affect I've discovered from doing it this way is that once you start eating better and losing weight, you start wanting to exercise.

The Diet Doctor mentions this on their website as well:

...few things are so overrated for weight loss as exercise is. Exercise cannot compensate for other issues in your life. Those must be addressed first.
If you just want to lose weight and get into a smaller dress or pant size, your eating habits will be the bigger factor here. If you want to look sleek, toned, and muscular, then you are going to need to put in some work but the two are mutually exclusive. You don't have to do both. And if you are only going to do one of them, your best bet would be changing your diet. At least that's what my experience has proven to me.



The contents of this site are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of content found on this site.