Proper nutrition is the most overlooked aspect in fat loss plans.  When trying to lose weight and burn fat most people start their program by determining their exercise regimen.

Exercise is very important to burning fat, and obviously you will be better off exercising than sitting on a couch, but it is not the place to focus the start of your fat loss program.  You can’t out train a poor diet. 

Heading to the gym for a half hour on the treadmill isn’t going to come close to making up for the donuts you eat on break in the morning or the fast food you eat for lunch or supper.  Thirty minutes on the treadmill at an average pace may burn 300 calories but the 1200 calories in your fast food lunch or latte will more than overshadow what you did on the treadmill.

As you can see it is very easy to get the calorie math working against you in no time.  You could run a marathon and ruin the calorie loss in a day!  You have to be very careful what you are putting in your body.

My argument here is not that you shouldn’t exercise; rather it is that poor eating habits can derail your exercise program.  This is especially important to those who do not already exercise consistently and are just starting up an exercise program.

If you have decided you want to burn fat and start exercising four to six times a week but are not seeing results because of a poor diet, you are more likely to give up your exercise program altogether.  This is the last thing you want to happen.  You want to develop a positive habit of exercising for good health.

If your reason for starting to exercise was to burn fat then you are more susceptible to a let down so proper nutrition is key here.  By first focusing on eating right you will allow your body to burn fat through exercise because you aren’t sabotaging your results.  This in turn will keep you motivated to continue the good habit of frequent exercise.

In order to develop the healthy habits you have to take it one step at a time.  Get your diet under control so that your exercise program can work for you.  You will burn fat at a much better rate and develop positive habits that will last a lifetime.