The right diet

Q: The motivation for many to workout is weight loss. How important is diet?

Diet is important. After having kids, I was getting back into shape but only when I discovered good nutrition did I drop that last 10 pounds (4,5 kilograms).

What many people donâ??t understand is that not all calories are created equal. You can eat a 200 calorie-doughnut or eat 200 calories of a healthy muesli bar and the way your body will process it will be totally different!

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Itâ??s a bit of numbers game for people. They want to look at the treadmill and see how many calories they’ve burnt. But, when you compare that to calories in food, it doesn’t seem like much. Some people might think, â??Iâ??ve been to the gym today, I can have that piece of cakeâ?? but they donâ??t think about how long theyâ??d have to run on the treadmill to burn it off. Thatâ??s why I say you canâ??t work off a bad diet!

Stick to the 80/20 rule

Ideally you should stick to the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent is about fuelling your body with good, nutrient dense food and 20 percent is about exercising. If you donâ??t refuel your body properly, youâ??re doing to have problems. For example, if I do a weight workout and I donâ??t eat enough protein afterwards – my muscles canâ??t repair themselves. Thatâ??s why I say that results are made in the kitchen.

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