It's the mantra of many fitness competitors, and it's so true.
A friend of mine quoted it back to me last night. A few months ago, he lost quite a few pounds by eating clean and exercising. (He eventually stopped doing both, and has now regained the weight.) He was talking about his love for food... and how difficult it was for him to eat healthy. I mentioned that, a few months ago, he had been eating very healthy--packing his lunch, watching his fats and unhealthy starches, eating more veggies...
He responded: "That's because you told me, Midnight, that 80% of our body is based on what we eat, and only 20% is based on exercise. So I ate healthy because I wanted to change my body."
It was like the heavens opened up and a choir of angels floated over my head. Hallelujah! Someone had listened to my preaching!
Unfortunately, I belong firmly in the camp of "Do what I say, not what I do."
A few months ago--around mid-November--I finally started exercising again after a 5-month hiatus. Since that time, I've significantly increased my physical activity. And, in fact, am training for a Half Marathon.
My diet, however, is only slightly better than it was during that 5-month break. Sure, I eat more clean meals now, and I'm a little more conscious about portion sizes. But for the most part, my diet hasn't changed dramatically.
And my weight? My weight has stayed exactly the same (within 2-3 pounds).
So all that extra exercise--which amounts to at least an hour per day, 5-6 days per week--hasn't helped me drop any of my extra fat. Indeed, my pants fit just a snugly as they did in the past.
The lesson: Bodies really are made in the kitchen. And if I hope to really drop this weight around my middle, I'm going to have to kick it up a notch when it comes to my diet.