I know you’ve probably heard it all before and I’m sure we all have our own perceptions on the net personal value of training vs nutrition. So, what is it exactly? Training or nutrition? Well, that depends entirely upon your personal goals and your current levels of fitness. The 80/20 rule is often bandied around in many fitness and non fitness circles, it’s close to the mark if that’s what works for you but it certainly isn’t the be all and end all.
In my experience, it’s extremely difficult to reach your personal health and fitness goals, whatever they may be, without respecting the dependency that training and nutrition share. Let’s say you want to lose body fat, gain lean muscle or increase cardiovascular performance. Do you think you will get optimal results by concentrating on only one element? Highly unlikely, in fact you can really set yourself up for failure, both physically and emotionally.
If you are a ‘nooby’ to fitness and are planning your upcoming health and fitness journey, I recommend placing a stronger emphasis on your nutrition over training. Analyse your current nutritional habits, if they need some serious work then I would focus on implementing gradual and small changes to your food habits over time. Kick off your resistance and cardio training slowly, you don’t want to over-stress your joints, ligaments, muscles etc straight up as this could set you back considerably. Ease into it, I make sure that my beginner bootcampers take a few weeks to settle into training before upping the ante.
If you are confident with your current nutrition and have an understanding of the nutritional requirements for your upcoming journey, I suggest tweaking your macros to suit your needs and placing more emphasis on your resistance and cardio training if you are new to the fitness world.
For those who are squared away across all disciplines, then it’s entirely up to you as to where you place your attentions. Honestly, there is no set ratio/rule for your training/nutrition as we are all individuals and will require our own set of unique values. What works for one person may be disastrous for another. When I give advice, it is to be used as a guideline and honed in to more precise values over time.
So, at the end of the day, it really is an effective and individualised combination of various types of training PLUS nutrition that will help you reach your health and fitness goals.