The 80/20 Rule of Fitness

Yesterday I posted this pic on Facebook. I love it. "You can't outrun your fork."80/20 Rule

This is just a reminder that fitness is 80% nutrition, and only 20% exercise. As a professional exercise instructor, both Pilates and barre, this is a tough stat for me. And yet, here it is. 
I was never one who worried a lot about "nutrition". I'm naturally rather thin, so I don't have to count calories. I alway ate pretty healthy- lots of veggies, very little red meat, small portions. But, I still didn't have the body I wanted. I felt like, with all the work I do, at least 1 daily work out, my body should really reflect it more. I wanted to LOOK as strong as I knew I was. I wanted to look fit, not just thin!
It wasn't until I changed my diet that I got the physical changes that I wanted. (And this is coming from someone who ate on the healthy side! Imagine what kind of changes you would make if you switched from unhealthy to healthy!) Once I added more protein, paid attention to the ingredients in my food (eliminating chemicals, hormones, etc.), and started cleansing, my body changed. I can see the results of my workouts. I got the most out my exercise routine when I optimized my fuel. 
Plus, I feel better. Even if you, like me, are naturally thin, if you fuel your body with junk, because you don't have to worry about the calories, your insides are suffering. While your outer body may not reflect your Ramen noodles and Oreos, your blood, organs and immune system are not operating at their peak capacity.
You can't outrun your fork. Your nutrition choices are showing up in your body- maybe the outside, maybe the inside. Maybe your energy levels, or that mental haze so many people operate in. I want to challenge you to change your diet- eat cleanly, eat the right balance of carbs/proteins/fruits and veggies, try a cleans, read ingredients. Don't try to outrun your fork. Fill your fork with the right stuff. 
For further reading- check out this article on the difference between grass-fed beef and conventionally cultivated meat and this article on the difference between good and bad carbs.