I am sure you have heard the term “damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Well forget it, because it does not apply here. When it comes to eating right and exercising you are potentially damned IF YOU DON’T. But it is not enough to simply know, you must also practice that knowledge. There are those who will talk about over-training as being the “damned if you do”, but if you are questioning whether you should eat clean or workout, chances are over-training is not an issue for you.
It is easy to wake up some mornings and to not be in the mood to eat healthy. In the middle of the work day has got to be the hardest time to resist a comfort meal, and after work is a close second. Still, unless you are exactly where you want to be weight and bodyfat wise, even one high-fat meal can damn you if you do. Especially if you are eating a diet where certain things are kept at a minimum, introducing very high levels can cause your body to hold on to the excess. When your body becomes efficient at burning a lower amount of something, adding previous amounts can have negative effects. Exercise is no different.
Skipping just one workout, especially when you go to the gym 3 times a week or less can have negative effects. When I skip a workout I notice that my bench press is not as good as it was the previous time, whether I am lifting less weight, or less reps. The body gets conditioned to a certain level of stress and activity, and to maintain benefits gained, you must make sure to keep your routine. That is not to say you should not vary your workouts, but you must stay active. “Move it or lose it” is a term that does apply here.
One bad meal can turn into a bad day, that can spiral into a lifestyle. If you have lost a large amount of weight/fat it can be really easy to let life’s stresses take you back to where you were. It is also very easy to be discouraged by declining performance in the gym if you miss workouts. That can cause some to give up on their workouts completely. Remember, you are only damned if you don’t, so make sure that when it comes to eating right and exercising that you always DO! And now that you know, remember that the important word in that sentence is DO!