A new study from Stanford University of Medicine has challenged the age old formula of 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise for fitness enthusiasts. This study is reiterating the importance of focusing on changing exercise and diet routines at the same time, in order to get a bigger boost in results and see changes in the body.
The study has also shown that it’s ideal if you make changes to both factors at the same time, and sometimes even more beneficial to start with improving the physical activity first.
I find this particularly important because a lot of people underestimate the importance of either of the two, sometimes even taking one of granted.
If they’re training five times a week, they’d ignore what they are putting in their body and vice versa. But as the saying goes, “You can’t overtrain a poor diet”. So no matter how many hours you sweat at a gym, nothing can justify chomping down an entire tub of icecream post-dinner.
The challenge really lies in doing a massive lifestyle overhaul. The way I see it, this isn’t a ‘diet’ option or a ‘boot camp’ session, it’s a lifestyle change that you’re choosing to make.
The trick is to put your shoes on and step outside the door. As simple as that. With this one move, you’re going to change the way your body looks and your mind feels.
Also, don’t overcomplicate things by extensive training charts and exercise routines. Keep it simple and straightforward.
My tried-and-tested weekly program looks like this:
2 x Pump Classes
2 x 45-60 minute runs or spin class
1 x Yoga or Pilates
Follow only this and you’ll see changes in your body within a week.
If you’re an active trainer and feel like you’ve hit a plateau, then I’d suggest you ring a bell on both diet and exercise. For example, keep track of how many calories you’re consuming or ramp up the intensity of your training via length or level.
The tools and programs below will help you get started; where you take it from there is entirely up to you and your motivation.
12-Week Body Transformation
My Fitness Pal
Meal Delivery Services, like Eat Fit Food, Light n’ Easy, Jenny Craig.