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80% Nutrution 20% Exercise... What? | Mission Blog

By Ev Eric

Perhaps you've seen this before: "fitness (weight loss/fat loss) is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise." I think this is one of those fitness myths that makes people feel good, because it takes the edge off of exercise. However, what I have not been able to find is any clinical data that supports this claim. None. Zero. If you find any, let me know, and I'll edit this post with a retraction.

Yes, diet is huge, after all, "you can't outrun a bad diet" right? But the idea that you have to figure out what percentage of your plan requires exercise and which part diet is just confusing. Now, here's where things get interesting. Within the nutrition world, there is an 80/20 rule... SCREECH!?!!? WHAT!??! Yes, there is. But it refers to nutrition itself and the amount of clean vs. dirty eating you should do.

What I believe has happened here is that someone took the 80/20 nutrition rule and got it mixed up as people tend to do with concepts and words. Next thing you know, a word becomes an antonym of itself (it's true)! Over the past several years, I've heard everything from 50% nutrition/50% exercise, to 60/40, 70/30, and then the 80/20 seems to be everyone's favorite.

SO, what do you do!?

Find a nutrition plan that works with your exercise plan, and commit to both. They have to complement each other. If you're just as confused as most of the world on this, contact me, and let me help you get this straightened out! What you eat/do has a lot to do with your current fitness and your goals. There's no set ratio that works for everyone, but if there was, it certainly wouldn't be 80:20!

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