There is a fundamental mistake most people in the fitness and nutrition industry are making.
And that is trying to fix more with more.
In other words, you cannot continue to ‘add’ things into your life and routine expecting them to fix a problem of adding something before that.
Instead of promoting the idea of taking something away, or reducing something, there is always the thought or promotion of ‘what can I add to get what I want”
There is never the thought of “what I can remove to get what I want”
This is a fundamental flaw in the way these industries are thinking and it is causing most of the contradictory and confusing messages about the true solution to weight loss, muscle building and overall health.
If I eat 500 extra calories today above my daily needs, typical exercise perscription would be to simply add more exercise to burn off the 500 calories.
Typical nutrition perscription would be to add more healthy foods or some other special elixer (instead of simply removing some food)
There is an upper limit to this process at which point both the extra calories and the extra exercising becomes detrimental.
In other words this solution of fixing more food with more exercise will hit a ceiling. At this upper limit exercise and even foods you might call “healthy” will both start to have negative effects on y0ur health instead of positive ones.
It is all relative and must be taken into context.
If you or I ate 200 more calories than we needed today, then yes it is quite feasible that we could do an extra hour of intense exercise to burn the 200 calories off.
but if you and I ate an extra 1000 calories today (as many people do, and btw is a conservative example, many people overeat bout 1000’s of calories every day) there is virtually no way to compensate for this many calories through exercise.
If we actually tried to burn 1000 extra calories per day with exercise we would most likely suffer from over training.
If we managed to condition ourselves to the point of handling this much exercise, our social lives, relationships and overall mental and emotional health would suffer. <== at this point we would be living simply to get enough exercise done to burn off the extra calories we ate that we didn’t need.
The moral of this story is balance.
The human system functions on a cental theme of balance.
If you don’t eat enough food or exercise your body will shrivel up, deteriorate, break down and die.
Eat too much food and do too much exercise, and your body will develop diseases of over consumption like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and arthritis (just to name a few). And you’re joints muscles and tendons will start to break down from excessive exercise and your immune system istself can become compromised (classic overtraining syndrome).
In other words, there is a sweet spot of food consumption and exercise that will produce optimum health.
A balance we must strike to give ourselves the best shot at a long, healthy and sastifying life as well as a fit healthy looking mscular lean body.
Tipping the scale too far in either direction will always produce problems in the long run.