Exercise is so, so, so important! Please do not misconstrue what you’re about to read, as any sort of knock on exercise. Exercising is incredibly beneficial to our health and well being, whether you want to lose or maintain weight.
That being said, exercise is not a get out of jail free card when it comes to food. Ever notice that ironically, or strategically, there are often bakeries, fast food chains, etc. “conveniently” located next to gyms and fitness studios? There is a serious fallacy that exists today about calories in vs. calories out. You can spend endless hours in the gym, but poor nutrition will always thwart your weight loss efforts.
If you haven’t seen the documentary ‘Fed Up,’ I highly recommend it. This film poignantly highlights that today, more and more Americans are exercising, and yet obesity rates still continue to rise.
So is eating less more important than exercising more? I don't think it’s eating less so much as eating well. Exercising can increase your metabolism and thus fuel your appetite. That’s a good thing! But how you satiate your hunger will make all the difference. It is important to stick to whole, unprocessed foods.
In order to not derail all of your hard work in the gym, it is important to eat clean in the kitchen. No workout can compensate for a diet lacking in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables.