What’s more important: diet vs exercise? Sam Wood weighs in

One of the most common questions I get asked and by far the most frustrating is “Sam, what’s more important? My nutrition, or exercise?” This really makes me angry. In what world do we need to choose? They are both equally as important and the reality is if you are only able to get on top of one these then you will never get the ultimate results that you are looking for. So, here’s a few of my favourite messages that I’ve seen once and they’ve always stuck with me.

“You can’t out-train a bad diet”

The reason for this is that unless you’re an endurance athlete or you train for hours on end, chances are you’re not burning nearly as many calories as you think you are. This is especially true for desk workers who spend a majority of their day sitting. Even if you get in a great high-intensity workout in the morning, if you spend the rest of the day seated and indulging in the office biscuit tin, you’re probably not going to have a calorie deficit or even break even.

“Abs are made in the kitchen”

Sit-ups are one of many exercises that work our abdominals but you’ll never be able to see them if they are covered by body fat. This saying is an oldie but a goodie as abs really are made in the kitchen.

“Training + Nutrition isn’t 1 + 1 = 2. It’s 1 + 1 = 3”

I always say that it’s much better to be an 8 out of 10 in your training and nutrition than 10 out of 10 in one and the other neglected. You get far greater results when you focus on both and working out and good nutrition truly go hand in hand when it comes to losing or maintaining weight.

“Move because you love your body, not because you hate it”

I love this one. We are often quick to recognize if we have an unhealthy relationship with food but not so much with exercise. I totally get that thought patterns are hard to kick but we need to stop exercising because we hate how we look or feel. Exercise because it makes you feel good, exercise for your body and your mind and exercise because you are so lucky that you can.

“Food is to be enjoyed, not counted”

I can’t stress enough the importance of having a healthy relationship with food. This means not counting calories, eating real food and not experiencing stress, guilt or anxiety over what you’re putting into your mouth. Shift for your focus from the numbers in food and instead think about what the food you’re eating is doing for your body. It’s about the nutritional value of what you’re consuming, not just how many calories are in it.

There’s so many more where this came from but hopefully you get my point. We eat quality food because it does so many good things for us and we move our body because it too does so many good things for us. To take complete care of our bodies and our minds we must prioritise both and know nutrition and exercise combined will have a far greater effect if you’re serious about getting results.

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