When you’re trying to lose weight; what makes a bigger impact on your weight loss goals – diet or exercise?
This is the, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” question of the health conscious crowd.
We all know that both are important. But should you focus on one more than the other? Are you wasting your time trying to do both? Can you let up on one?
Recent studies conclude that diet impacts your weight more than exercise. Several studies published in the Psychological Science journal showed that those who thought that weight loss was more important had a lower BMI than those who thought exercise was more important.
But some of this is based on how we act because of our belief.
In other words, those that believe that they can “work off the extra” calories tend to splurge a little more on their diets. If you firmly believe that diet is more important; then you’ll stick closer to your diet plan. You’ll be more apt to resist the call of a bag of chips or a candy bar if you know the results will end up on your backside – even if you spend an extra hour at the gym.
The best way to lose weight is to simply cut back on the carbs and increase your intake of fresh veggies, and fruits. These foods give your body the nutrition it needs and enough water and fiber to keep you feeling full for a long time. Lean meats will give you protein and energy. When you’re eating these food your sugar level won’t spike and then plummet an hour later causing you to feel hungry and cranky.
Some of this is just common sense. If you eat a lot of calories during the day will you really have enough time at the gym to work them ALL off? Probably not. Most people think they’re working of far more calories than they really are. No matter how many miles you run – there’s still a limit to how many calories you can eat and still lose weight.
However, this doesn’t mean you should give up your exercise routine. You want the weight you have to be toned and muscled… not flabby.
Exercise also benefits you in many other ways besides weight loss. It improves your overall health including keeping your heart pumping and your bones healthy. It also releases endorphins that act as a natural anti-depressant. The better you feel the more likely you are to stick with your healthy lifestyle.
When you’re trying to lose weight you also need to get your metabolism in high gear. Exercise will impact your metabolic rate and keep it burning fat.
The bottom line is this; though diet is the most important factor in weight loss – exercise is still necessary for a healthy lifestyle and will improve your odds of reaching your weight loss goals.
Don’t give up on either one! They work together to help you create the healthiest life possible.