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Workouts or meal plans – what is more important?

This is one of the most common questions in fitness apart the other “How long it will take till I get fit and lose all fat?”

The first question is like with what I can do a good painting with good colours or with a good paper
and the second question is like how long it will take to build a house I would ask what kind of house do you
want to build ? Are the foundations ready ? Do you want it finished? How long are we going to work on this
house, is it 6 days a week or 3 days a week and so many other questions…. So understand that these are not straight forward questions which can be answered there and then with a one liner sentence, as expected by a lot of people.

So let’s make it more clear. There are different forms and structures of Workouts for different specific desired results such as muscle building workouts, stamina workouts, strength and power workouts, fat loss and shape workouts and more. This all boils down to the goal one is working for. Now let’s take, for example, someone who wants to lose fat which his workouts will be focused to burn calories as the fat loss process consists in creating a controlled and monitored caloric deficit. To lose fat you need to have less calories than you actually need so when the body recognises this it starts to consume it’s fat storage and thus lose fat.

So by fat loss workouts, one can lose fat through the process of calorie expenditure. Nutrition plays a very important role because we are what and how many we eat plain and simple.

There are different specific nutrition approaches according to specific goals, such as muscle building, performance, stamina, fat loss etc. as you might already notice this is similar to workouts it needs to be combined according to the desired goal.

The more good the combination the better the result. Now let’s keep the same example of training for fat loss. Here nutrition is crucial because it is useless to try to lose fat and still consuming enough calories that your body needs and is not turned into a caloric deficit mode (catabolic mode) to lose fat.
Here it comes pretty obvious that the more nutrition and workout is combined well together, both focused for the same goal, one practically cannot fail in getting good results. If not it becomes contradictory or else there will be a conflict.

To be even more clearer let’s say there is someone who wants to lose fat and he is working out for an hour a day, six days a week, which is quite a lot for someone who just needs to lose fat. So this individual is training fatloss workouts but is not taking care of his nutrition and is still eating how he used to eat before. ONE CANNOT OVERTRAIN FOOD.

Most probably what would happen is he will not continue to get any fatter, but he will not lose fat neither. Because by not reducing his calorie intake and creating a caloric deficit one cannot lose fat.

So I am bound to tell you that both are equally important. If I still had to choose one I would say nutrition
is slightly more important than training.

Mariano