“You cannot out exercise a bad diet!”

What a profound statement!  Absolutely, warrants a post here at SharingWealthInWellness.com.

There are many writers who report via: websites, blogs, medical reports, newsletters, studies, etc. who share their expertise about bad diets.  They are oftentimes represented by expert speakers and many have communicated helpful data.

That is why I repeat that, along with your Physician, seek a professional: Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian for advice on the subject of nutrition. Similarly, for your interest in exercise, seek a Certified Personal Trainer.  

Just like some others, I too have genetics composition to deal with.  I lost my father to heart disease complicated by diabetes.  I chose to live a lifestyle that differed.  Live a life of better health by developing and maintaining nourishing habits. Healthy meal planning and regular exercise are vital parts of my day.

Against all odds, I am here experiencing the sweet blessings of committed effort. The compounding effect of my dedication has resulted in favorable outcome in my life!

A bad diet means un-healthy diet.  But, let me clarify the word diet.  Diet is a selection of food that we consume, normally, by mouth!  We ingest our dietary choices at least 3 times a day.  Another meaning of diet: is a selection or amount of foods that we restrict from, for many reasons.  It could be for medical or personal reason.

I love to mark and highlight, with special notes on my reading material.  So, if it’s alright with you, I will highlight some of the key words and phrases in the following paragraph.

Now, what is an un-healthy, bad diet?  Stay with me…according to:

LiveStrong.com: An unhealthy diet fails to provide your body with the correct amounts and types of nutrients for maximum health. The average American diet contains too many calories and not enough fruits and vegetables. In addition, certain types of foods are more likely to cause medical problems than others. Know what makes up an unhealthy diet and avoid those nutrition pitfalls.

“Fails” has these following synonyms: DIES, STOPS, CRASHES, COLLAPSES, DISAPPOINTS, FLOPS, BOMBS AND NOSE-DIVES.  All a very undesirable substitution for a small but obvious physical response.

“Provide your body with the correct amounts and types of nutrients for maximum health.” Along with your Physician, please see a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist to help complement your healthy meal planning. Your decision to provide good nutrients into your daily food consumption, is to be complimented. Feel liberated and at peace, that in time, your preference to select nutritious food will result in a better and healthier you!

“Average American diet contains too many calories and not enough fruits and vegetables.” You are not the average, you have just chosen to be healthier, so add or edit this phrase to parallel with your journey.  “my new and improved American diet contains…” proportions fit personally for me to include fresh fruits and vegetables.”

“Certain types of foods are more likely to cause medical problems than others.” Seek a professional and experienced Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist to work with your personal Physician or medical advisor.  Undertake this feasible step and find your options according to your personal situation.  No two are exactly alike.  

“Know what makes up an unhealthy diet and avoid those nutrition pitfalls.” Learn how to interpret food labels. The allowed descriptive words are more likely infused for marketing purposes. Not all.  Know about fat values; which are the good and the bad ones.  The calorie counts versus the fat and its type. Sodium level, artificial flavoring and preservatives that are harmful after prolonged consumption. Again, I stress the importance of seeking a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for all your dietary related needs and questions.

The key word is “fails.”  An unhealthy diet is simply, bad.  Couple this “bad diet” with a sedentary lifestyle, equals lethal!  Adapt the term healthy meal planning and start an exercise program into your daily schedule.

Finally, search any of the following recognizable quote: “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet, you can’t out-train a bad diet, you can’t out run a bad diet, etc.” and you will find many blogs, newsletters, and advice from many reputable sites, medical and nutrition experts alike.

MensHealth.com has an interesting take on this subject: “Stupidest Thing People Say About Diet and Exercise”  http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/stupidest-thing-people-say-diet-exercise.  I agree with their message that you cannot separate diet and exercise.  They are absolute together.

Spoiler alert on this blog, it ends with:

“Which brings me back to the whole reason for this post: Let’s stop making diet and exercise an either/or proposition. As a default, if you care about your weight, you should strive to not overeat. Period. This is not optional. And if you want to optimize weight loss and your health, you should exercise regularly.

One is not better than the other: They both work.  And they work even better together.

Choose to begin a new healthy lifestyle.  Say yes and begin your baby step today!

For answers to these questions, visit: What is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist? Why have a Registered Dietitian as part of your medical team? 


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A “Pinay” at heart, beautified by the Western ways. Respond to God’s calling, it never fails. Tribal of many colors include many personalities; a part of one’s wholesomeness. Experience lifelong happiness by living a healthy lifestyle.