If you have a regular exercise program - GREAT! Keep it up. But if you think nutrition and recovery can take a back seat, you're probably setting yourself up for failure. For the overwhelming majority of people, exercise alone is insufficient if your goal is to lose weight/body fat. If you've ever heard the oft-repeated phrase "You can't out-train a poor diet" but wondered why, Patrick Jennings in "Why you can't out-train a poor diet" puts it all into context. What you are trying to do is build a body you love, not destroy one you hate.
To understand the 'why', we need to understand the 'what', namely what exercise does to our bodies. Exercising puts our body under acute mechanical stress. This stress is a load applied to the body or a muscle in order to cause a deformation of that muscle as it is adapting to the stress. The next step is for the body to rebuild - depending on your goal this will entail getting stronger, faster, bigger, etc. However, in order for this adaptation and growth to take place you MUST provide adequate materials.
The challenge here is to know what those building blocks are and what to use as raw materials:
You don't have to be an Olympic body builder or train like one to get stronger, move better, be healthier, and feel and look great.
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