Healthy Balance, Healthy Life

What Contributes Most to a Beautiful and Healthy Body? Diet or Exercise?

Posted on: August 4, 2010

I’ve read way too many blog posts, heard from several friends, and read in too many magazines that you can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise it off. This is similar to the false belief that you can have a healthy body as long as you consume less calories than you burn off (maybe you’ll lose weight but it won’t be healthy). These are not healthy ways to live!!

If you want to have a healthy weight and healthy body, this is the formula Tosca Reno, author of the Eat-Clean Diet follows: A beautiful healthy body = 80% nutrition + 10% exercise + 10% genetics.

This comes as a shock to many people but it’s a good thing! If genetics only play a 10% role in our health, then we have the most control over it! And if you aren’t a work-out-a-holic, have no shame! There are tons and tons of ways to eat delicious yet healthy food.

If you’re still having trouble wrapping your head around this, here’s an excerpt from Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet Recharged that makes a lot of sense:

“For the first time in the history of this country, researchers find themselves wondering whether children will lead shorter lives than their parents…Obesity is burgeoning here and in the rest of the world, where it is in fact exploding not only with fat but with disease. There are numerous causes for this problem but the most significant include the quality of the food we consume and the toxic environment in which we live…The landscape of eating has changed…Our food has literally been doused with chemicals at every stage of its life from seed to consumption – so much that even at this point we still don’t have any idea what the results of such chemical “warfare” are or will be. But one thing is certain, at least from the visual standpoint. Two out of every three North Americans are overweight or obese and the problem is only getting worse.”

The change in our food environment, from one of natural, unprocessed foods to one of artificial foods, is a significant factor in the decline of our health as a nation. In this environment we must learn to make healthy food choices that nourish our bodies. Filling them with empty calorie, non-nutritive foods and hoping to lose weight and feel your best is like hoping a car will run on water rather than gas. Fuel your body with nutrition and see and feel the difference!

Articles of Possible Interest:

Exercise “Won’t Cure Childhood Obesity” – Independent

Diet, Not Exercise, Plays Key Role in Weight Loss – MSNBC


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I am a 22 year old social work graduate student living in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. I love do-it-yourself projects, being active, and cooking delicious, healthy food! Feel free to leave comments or email me at You can also anonymously ask me questions at I would love to hear from you!

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