Muscles Monday: 6 Reasons Why You Can’t Out-Exercise a Bad Diet

Happy Monday!

As we enter the holiday season, it's important to remain mindful of what we eat. Sometimes we try to convince ourselves that we can eat more and we will just work it off later. But even for the exercise enthusiast, it's not that simple.

Check out why!

Summary: Regular sweat sessions are, of course, key for staying in shape and maintaining your overall health. However, says McDaniel, “Remember that exercise sustains weight loss — but a healthy diet is what drives it.”

Read more: http://dailyburn.com/life/health/exercise-weight-loss-diet/

Remember, the first step to developing a healthy diet is to determine your Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the minimum calories your body must consume to meet its basic needs. 

From there you then want to find out your Total Daily Energy Expenditure. This reflects the entire amount of calories, or energy, your body burns during a given day when you’re sleeping, ingesting and digesting food, working and exercising.

From there, if weight loss is your goal, you’ll want to create a calorie deficit. Aim to consume 90% of your TDEE.

Link to find out your BMR AND TDEE: http://dailyburn.com/life/health/how-to-calculate-bmr/

Once you find those numbers, then you can identify the percentage of fat, calories, and protein you should be taking in a day, using the link below: https://www.freedieting.com/tools/nutrient_calculator.htm

And just in case you wanted more helpful information about caloric intake and for an idea on how much you should be eating, check out this article here: http://www.dining.ucla.edu/housing_site/dining/SNAC_pdf/CaloriesCount.pdf

Have questions? Leave them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them!

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