The Pareto Principle is also applicable to a healthy lifestyle change, regarding nutrition and fitness. The Pareto Principle is the 80/20 rule.
We see this in business. 80% of business comes from 20% of customers. We see it in work days’ productivity. 80% of our work yield comes from 20% of our work time. We see this in almost all aspects of our lives. We must also heed this ratio on our journey to fat loss.
It is not scientifically proven that this is correct, but most scientific studies prove it to be nearly correct.
So, the pros of fitness, I will describe for you. We believe in fitness, because science has proven that number one, it is a mood elevator. Also, it builds muscle, which is extremely important to burning calories. Nutrition alone will not do it. Because we tend to lose our muscle cells, when we tend to reduce our proper macronutrient caloric levels; nor do we augment any new essential muscle cells to burn calories during our fat loss stage and maintenance stage. Thereby, we do not embark on a true healthy lifestyle change. We don’t have to go out and join a gym. We need to buy some good walking tennis shoes and some economical weights from our local sporting goods stores.
If your genetic report shows that you are not a marathon runner and you are more likely to lose fat with resistance training, then we still recommend some walking exercises. Maybe twenty minutes of walking and forty minutes of doing some resistance training with your new weights.
The point that I would like to make in the aforesaid, is that nutrition is our fuel and physical activities are our turbochargers. We need them both. But, let’s not put so much emphasis on physical activities and less on nutrition.
I was walking two weeks ago, with a friend of mine, and he said that he cheated and ate two donuts for breakfast. Chuckling, he told me that he had to walk another hour that day. I don’t believe that we should deprive ourselves of one of our favorite sweets, once a month, or even every two weeks. I didn’t know if it was a plain, glazed or chocolate-filled donuts. I dare to say that he may have had to walk six to seven more hours that day to burn those extra calories.
This is very common thinking about people trying to lose fat and it’s role with physical activity. There are also metabolic issues in play, which I am not even going to touch right now, i.e., insulin levels, etc.
We believe that nutrition comes first, then physical activity, but something almost as important is changing eating behavior and proper sleep.
So, hopefully, the takeaway from this little blog article is that we extricate our mindset that physical activity is most important, but take nutrition and eating behaviors into the fat loss equation toward achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
In closing, I will say that I am not close in being knowledgeable in kinesiology whatsoever, but we cannot ‘outrun the fork’, nor for that matter, a donut!