On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, Jessica and I debate which is more important for health and weight loss: working out vs diet?
But before we get into that discussion, I should provide a little bit of context on how this topic came up.
I just arrived in beautiful downtown San Diego to visit the beautiful Jessica.
So what was the first thing we did?
Of course, going to spin class wasn’t my decision.
I’d much rather go to a dirty gym, lift heavy objects, and then put them back on the floor.
But, Jessica’s friend is a spin class instructor and she asked us to be honorary guests.
So, we sat our booties on the seat and started peddling.
Then on our way home, Jessica and I started having a discussion about fitness and nutrition.
In particular, which one is more important to Living Lean, fitness or food?
As we were talking, I thought to myself, damn, this is a good episode topic for a Live Lean TV video.
Plus, we wanted to include you in on the discussion and share the same question with you.
So even though Jessica thought we looked “sweaty and disgusting” after the spin class, we just rolled the camera and had a candid conversation.
By the way, I still think Jessica looked beautiful and her post-workout hair was cute 😉
Here’s how it went down.
Obviously we know that both working out and diet is important.
But if you had to choose one top thing to be healthy, what would it be, movement or food?
Can you out train a bad diet?
To help bring clarity, let’s look at this hypothetical situation.
We have two people.
One person eats clean and healthy, but doesn’t work out.
They simply go to work and then go home at night.
The second person works out, but then they eat whatever they want.
So the question is, who do you think would be leaner?
Would it be the person that performs all out workouts to the extreme?
Or would it be the person who does all out healthy eating to the extreme?
I obviously said if there’s one thing that you should control, it’s food.
As I mentioned earlier, we just did a high intensity spin class for 50-60 minutes.
Since we burned through a lot of calories, this would make some people so hungry that they’d go out and eat more calories than they burned.
When you workout to the extreme, and only focus on burning as many calories as possible, it can also give you more of an appetite.
Plus it can also give you justification to eat bad food since you may think you earned it by burning so many calories with your workout.
Trust me, we could do that right now too, but rather than that, we’ll go home and eat a big ass salad, with some protein of course.
This is why I believe eating healthy is more important than working out.
Jessica initially took the approach that you can fudge a little here and there with your diet, as long as you’re active.
Of course, that’s what we do, but this wasn’t one of the options.
So Jessica then choose working out.
She mentioned that she couldn’t imagine working out so hard, and then just re-fuel with crappy food all the time.
Who would like that?
But then she also couldn’t imagine just sitting still all the time either.
Ultimately, working out should make you want to eat healthier.
The working out vs diet discussion is really not a debatable topic, since it’s so obvious that both are important.
Alright, now we want to hear from you.
If you had to pick only one, to the extreme, what do you think is more important: fitness or nutrition?
If you only had the option of eating healthy food or exercise, which is more important?
And you can’t choose both, because we obviously know a combination of both is the best.
Also, since this was more of a conversational style video, did you like that it wasn’t so professional and set up for “lights, camera, action” like my other videos?
Let us know in the comment section below what you think of this style of video.
If you like it, we could do more of these.
But just don’t make fun of Jessica’s hair please 😂.
If you need help, I have over 200 grain free recipes that are quick, healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious that are designed to get you lean.
Check out my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook here.
If this video post was helpful, show your support by clicking the social media buttons to share the videos to help us further our transformation 1,000,000 mission.
Start by taking our FREE Live Lean Body Quiz to get access to the best program specific to your goals, current fitness level, and access to equipment.
If you enjoyed this post on working out vs diet for health and weight loss, show your love by clicking the social media buttons to share this with your friends.
Subscribe to our Live Lean TV YouTube channel and leave a comment below on what you want to see in future posts.
Be sure to share your answers in the comment section below.
Check out our free workout videos here.
Check out my free recipe cooking videos here.
Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.