This is an age old question, but one that seems to pop up again and again. When it comes to getting healthy and in shape, which is more important: the food you eat or the amount you move your body? The answer is that it depends on what your goal is.

 

It’s All About the Goal

 

For instance, if you’re trying to get the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs to be healthy and function properly, diet is going to be most important. However, if you are working toward having muscles that are tone and defined, exercise is the key. 

Sounds simple, right? Well, not quite.

 

But It Still Isn’t That Simple

 

The problem with diet and exercise is that the two are intertwined and depend on each other for maximum results. Think about it. You need proper fuel (via your diet) in order to complete a grueling workout and how much you move impacts how much energy your body needs to survive (your required calorie intake). That makes this particular question extremely hard to answer because these two variables are dependent upon each other if you want to achieve true success.

 

There Are No Shortcuts

 

Here’s the deal: there are no shortcuts when it comes to getting healthy and achieving and/or maintaining a fit and trim body. If you want to increase the likelihood that you will reach your goals, and do so more quickly, it takes both diet and exercise to be part of the equation.

If you’re trying to cut corners and pick one over the other, you’re missing the lifestyle mentality that will make your results permanent. You’ll always be searching for tips and tricks that may offer results, but not results that will last for any length of time.

Is it daunting to think that you have to adjust both your diet and exercise to be where you want to be? It can be. But isn’t it less daunting than figuring out how to deal with the results of living an unhealthy life full of high fat foods and too much time on the couch? Think about that for a minute and you’ll certainly see the connection!