Many people assume that losing weight and gaining muscle is caused primarily by exercise. Although exercise is certainly important in the loss of weight and the gain of muscle, diet may be a more important factor. Watching your intake of calories, and monitoring exactly what type of foods your eating may be a much more beneficial tool than exercise when it comes to gaining better health. There are many types of alternative medicine related to diet. You could say that all types of alternative medicine deal with diet. The goal of medicine is to establish better health and wellness, which is directly related to diet. Yoga, chiropractic, and all other forms of alternative medicines put a strong emphasis on a healthy and balanced diet.
Don’t get me wrong, exercise is extremely important in a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to losing weight and gaining muscle. The majority of people I have known in my life interested in losing weight and/or gaining muscle have not been entirely satisfied at the end of their campaign. The reason for this disappointment is because they didn’t have a good balance of diet and exercise. The most common error made by people trying to lose weight and gain muscle is not having a good enough mixture of diet AND exercise. People think that if they run 2 miles and do 50 push-ups a day they will gain better health, which is most likely a true statement. What they don’t realize is that if they would stop eating that Snicker’s bar and drinking that Pepsi after their workout, they would be much more satisfied. For some people, the addiction to caffeine is much harder to beat than completing the strenuous workout itself is.
According to http://www.calorie-counter.net, there are 250 calories in a 20 oz. bottle of Pepsi. According to www.healthandwellness.com, 3,500 calories equal 1 pound. That means that 14 bottles of Pepsi equal 1 pound of weight. I know people who drink at least 2 bottles of Pepsi on a regular day (sometimes more). That means that they drink 14 bottles of Pepsi in a full 7 day week. There are 52 weeks in a year. The math shows that people who drink two 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi every day will gain around 50 pounds a year from the drink. I understand that minimal exercise would take a lot of that weight away and a person who exercises a lot may not ever gain any of that weight, but the main thing to think about is that the argument is only considering the amount of Pepsi you drink. I could go on to explain the amount of weight that could be added by eating Snickers or drinking Mountain Dew, but I think you get the point. That means that every time you workout, instead of building muscle your body is working off the bad calories you have put in your body. This article shows you why diet is so important when it comes to losing weight and gaining muscle. If you would just put down the bottle of soda and get a cold glass of water every time you were thirsty you would save yourself a lot of wasted workout time and see much faster results.