Exercise Vs Diet: What is More Important For Weight Loss?

Rather than spending money on things like treadmills, supplements and other things you don’t need to lose weight. Fund in a program that will teach you the “how’s and why’s” of nutrition and fitness.

Getting the right coach and program that is personal to you can save you time and money when it comes to weight loss.

The age-old question remains – what is more important for weight loss – diet or exercise? Specialists would have us believe the former is more important than the following.

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A study suggests that diet is far more important than physical activity including walking, fidgeting, and formal exercise.

“As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. An analysis of more than 700 weight loss studies found that people see the biggest short-term results when they eat smart. On average, people who dieted without exercising for 15 weeks lost 23 pounds; the exercisers lost only six over about 21 weeks. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off. For example, if you eat a fast-food steak quesadilla, which can pack 500-plus calories, you need to run more than four miles to ‘undo’ it!

The reason is that exercising increases appetite especially with prolonged endurance exercise or with weight lifting that can ultimately sabotage the best of intentions, the CNN reported.

About 10 percent of our calories are burned digesting the food we eat and roughly 10 percent to 30 percent is lost through physical activity, the study said.

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Nutritionist Lisa Drayer was quoted saying to CNN:

“It could not be truer. What you omit from your diet is so much more important than how much you exercise.”

Agreeing with the same thought, Yoga expert Zubin Atre adds that standards of beauty have changed drastically over the centuries with different practices and ideas related to fitness moving in and out of our regimes. However, if you’re looking for weight loss, you may want to pay special attention to what you’re eating, sleep quality, metabolic rate, the water content in the body, protein intake, what does your day look like and the daily level of activity.

So, what should you eat? It’s true that low-carb diets tend to be the most popular because they offer the fastest results, but they can be difficult to sustain. I recommend striving for a more balanced plan that focuses on fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole grain carbs. And never cut calories too low (this causes your metabolism to slow, and you can start losing muscle mass)

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The effect of diet cannot be insisted enough and sometimes, says Zubin, just educating yourself about that would be enough to lose weight.

The bottom line is: Try full-body workouts and eat clean for leaner limbs, smaller waist or any other body-appearance-related desires of your heart.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what holistic expert Vesna Jacob says:

“There are broadly two things that will determine weight loss. One is creating a calorie deficit. Another is your genetic makeup.”

The average person, excluding professional athletes, burns 5 to 15 percent of their daily calories through exercise, said Alexxai Kravitz, Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in the US.

It is not nearly equal to food intake, which accounts for 100 percent of the energy intake of the body, said Kravitz.

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All this is not to say that exercise does not have its place. Exercise makes metabolism stronger which is also good for the digestion of food, ultimately that will help in weight loss rather than just burning the calories by sweating up.

It is certainly important for building strength and muscle mass and flexibility and can help manage diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. But although exercise can help with weight loss, diet is a much more important lifestyle factor, Drayer noted.

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