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I know people get tired of hearing this, but eating and exercising go hand in hand. Even if you work out 7 days a week, it won’t save you from losing or gaining weight if you aren’t smart about what you are eating. I recently read an article in Forbes on just this subject and I keep wondering why more people don’t seem to grasp how simple this concept it…and how much better your health and wellness is when you realize how important it is to take a look at what you are eating everyday. That old saying “You Are What You Eat,” couldn’t be truer.

What I found most interesting in the Forbes article: “Exercise Can’t Save Us: Our Sugar Intake Is The Real Culprit, Say Experts” is that it breaks down an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that says that exercise does not promote weight loss. Rather we can exercise till the day is long, but all the sugar and carbohydrates we consume will overtake our weight. As this article points out, exercise has typically stayed the same over the past couple of decades and obesity has skyrocketed. We have no choice but to really look at the foods we are consuming and what they are made up off.

Go down any aisle in your grocery store and you will find an obscene amount of processed food. Let’s face it: people today are on the go and looking for the faster and cheaper solution. And unfortunately what manifests is putting chemicals inside your body that you can barely pronounce. What people need to start realizing is that these processed foods are causing far more issues inside our body than skipping a day of exercise.

As The British Journal of Sports Medicine points out: “What we know to be true is much simpler: Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness or satiation. For every additional 150 calories in sugar (i.e., a can of soda) a person consumes per day, the risk for diabetes rises 11-fold, regardless of how much or little we exercise. The single most effective thing people can do for their weight, is to restrict calories – and even more, restrict carbohydrates.”

Don’t mistake what I am saying though, as exercise is still an extremely important part of your daily life. But exercise alone will not make you healthy. I avoid processed foods and try to eat clean with very few ingredients. Fast food is cheap and easy for a reason: it’s full of ingredients that don’t do anything to get your digestive track healthy. It’s time to not only focus on your training routine, but to also make a concise effort to start putting healthy and clean food into our bodies and throwing out the junk food. In doing so, we lower the risk of disease and ailments that can push our immune system down.