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They say that your body composition is determined by around 80% diet… 
2nd-Sep-2010 09:15 pm
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They say that your body composition is determined by around 80% diet and 20% exercise. Unfortunately for my butt and thighs, as much as I love going to the gym and being active, I also love to eat.

Which do you find more challenging?

Sticking to a healthy, well-balanced diet
Sticking to a healthy, well-balanced exercise plan
3rd-Sep-2010 02:51 am (UTC)
While my diet is anything but healthy, exercise has never seemed to agree with me, even when I was doing it regularly. It kills my feet and makes my headaches worse.
3rd-Sep-2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Same here, only instead of feet it's my back that's constantly in pain.
3rd-Sep-2010 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm very self-disciplined when it comes to diet, but I HATE exercising!
3rd-Sep-2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Sleep apnea makes me too tired to exercise more than twice a week.
3rd-Sep-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
isn't that the worst? I have sleep apnea too and of course the best way to get rid of it is to lose weight and get fit (usually), but you are too tired during the day to do it because of the sleep apnea! Its a viscious cycle.
3rd-Sep-2010 04:09 am (UTC)
seeing as i ate a poutine for lunch, and chips & chocolate for dinner...
3rd-Sep-2010 05:29 am (UTC)
Both which is why I don't bother. I'd rather enjoy the life I've got then eat stuff I don't like/exercise more then normal and hate every minite.
3rd-Sep-2010 07:35 am (UTC)
definitely my problem is exercise. I can eat healthy very easily and usually do -- its not getting rid of my fat because I just don't exercise.

I love being at the gym all day or in the pool all day but just the act of getting there seems to be the problem.
3rd-Sep-2010 07:43 am (UTC)
both are equally challenging, I think, but sticking to a boring healthy diet is much less appealing to me so I chose that.
3rd-Sep-2010 07:57 am (UTC)
I actually have a pretty good lot in life re: both of those things. I love to eat -- but I love vegetables and fruits as much as anything else and I'm super big on the "if you can't make it yourself you can't eat it" philosophy. With regards to exercise, I do a lot of walking on a college campus and I love to swim. So it works pretty well!
3rd-Sep-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
I can get up at 5:30am and slog it out to Insanity six days a week, but I cannot seem to get disciplined when it comes to food...grrr!
9th-Sep-2010 12:32 am (UTC)
I've been trying to avoid pontificating on the internet, but this one's been eating at me, no pun intended, just because there's so much dubious information on health out there, and while I don't claim to be an expert, I have weeded through a lot of it. And forgive me if I'm going off on something you know.

It depends on how "body composition" is defined. In my normal use of the term, I'd say that it was 60% gender, 20% genetics, and 20% diet and exercise. Of course, if we're just talking about weight loss in general, with an important exception, diet and exercise are the same. Really, there is some stunning research to this point. Your body (as long as it's getting enough for things like general organ function) doesn't care whether you burn calories doing something or the calories don't come in at all.

Now, there's a variety of reasons, which are logistical in nature, that explain why that's easier (for most people) to do with diet rather than with exercise, specifically if someone's trying to lose weight.

However, I want to skip to the exception I mentioned, which is that the nearer you are to a hypothetical target weight, the more what sort of exercise matters. While "spot" training isn't possible, frequently the best way to improve a physique is to eat more and lift weights.
9th-Sep-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
At least I didn't say that muscle weighs more than fat. :)

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