There's an old saying in the fitness community that has several variations and goes something like this: "You can't out lift your mouth" or "you can't outrun your mouth." The obvious meaning is that no matter how much you exercise, you won't get the body you want if you don't watch what goes in your mouth. There is a corollary to this statement that says no matter how much you diet, you're not going to get a fit, strong, powerful body if you don't workout.
Even though this is seemingly common sense, it's amazing how many people attempt one without the other. (To be honest, in the past I've been one of these people!) To illustrate what this looks like, I'll give a few examples.
Go to any gym and you'll likely see a guy who is strong and moves heavy weights around like child's play, but, he has a big belly. He lifts weight regularly and he might even hit the treadmill or elliptical machine for a few minutes. He thinks, "If I just lift more weight, I'll get that six pack" and then he leaves the gym and grabs some fast food and a few beers to 'enjoy' while he watches TV for the night. He doesn't get the fact that the food he's eating and the otherwise sedentary lifestyle he leads are prohibiting him from seeing all the muscles that are swathed in layers of adipose tissue.
The alternative--those who constantly diet but do not do any resistance training--are just as common (although more often they're women than men.) In fact, pick up any fashion magazine or look at the majority of advertisements that feature women, and you're likely to see someone who is extremely thin, with stick-arms and stick-legs. These people, who embody what our society thinks of as "thin and beautiful," are likely to be eating lettuce with lemon juice for breakfast, lunch and dinner and probably doing lots of cardio in between. You'd think that because they are thin that they are fit healthy. But, just like the fat strong guy, the thin weakling isn't any better off.
The ideal that we should be striving for is "Lean and Powerful". Both men and women need to be lifting weights, progressively adding resistance so that we can build our strength. And, we need to be watching what we put in our mouths so that 95% of the time, we're eating lean, clean and green.
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