Ask: Is diet or exercise more important for weight loss?

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Question : Is diet or exercise more important for weight loss?

The idiom reads: “Abs are made in the kitchen, not at the gym”.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are going to help you achieve optimal results with your weight loss and fitness goals. But if we have to pit the two against each other, one will give you more success than the other.

Bottom line is that what you put in your body is more important than how often you move it. As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 per cent diet and 25 per cent exercise. An analysis of dozens of weight loss studies found that people see the best short term results if they eat better. It is much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.

Consider this: if you ate three slices of pizza that pack 400-plus calories, you would need to run more than three miles just to undo it. Don’t eat the pizza in the first place, and you’re not struggling to compensate for your choices.

It’s important to note that diet alone will not keep you fit. Without exercise, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat. You will also be stripping away muscle and bone density because you’re not counteracting it with muscle and cardiovascular strengthening activities.

Try not to make this an either/or choice. Staying active is important for your overall health. Sitting on the couch all day eating only a salad is not a way to strike a healthy lifestyle.

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