Which one is more important? Nutrition or exercising?
Trick question. You need to focus on both. However, nutrition is the baseline for everything — so while both are important, having an A+ in nutrition is infinitely more significant.
We’ve all seen the CrossFit pyramid with nutrition at it’s base, and we know that we should prioritize our nutrition . . . but do we REALLY make what we eat our number one priority?
That means that eating fast-food after you work out doesn’t constitute as a “nutritional meal” that your body can adequately use for muscle growth and nourishment. Constantly eating right demands discipline. Consistently exercising demands discipline. But if you work out once a day and incessantly eat poptarts and burgers, what you really did is you got your heart rate up for an hour and a half and then just raised your cholesterol significantly more than usual. That isn’t “#gymgoals.”
Although this pyramid is often associated with CrossFit, you can apply it to most things exercise-related. If you’re an avid gymnast, you will be sluggish and tired if you don’t fuel your body properly. If you’re a soccer player, you need to focus on eating well to make sure you have the endurance for the game. There’s a reason why olympic athletes publish their everyday meals (such as Michael Phelps’s 3,000 calorie breakfast), and it’s because how they fuel their bodies is the secret to their stamina and strength.
In a game of would-you-rather, if asked would you rather eat healthy every day or workout every day, your answer should be that you’d rather focus on eating healthy. When it comes down to it, what is really being asked is “would you rather have a balanced meal 100% of the time, or have a hard workout four-to-five times a week for 4% of your day?”
However, perfection isn’t the game. It isn’t realistic. We know that. But if you eat well and exercise as much as you’re able, you’re already doing better than a majority of the population. Focus on transforming yourself into your best you inside and out, and your gains will soon follow.
*Credit Nikita Tiffany. Follow @niki.eats for more cool food action!