Diet Vs. Exercise.
Which one works best, going on a diet or going to the gym or are they best together. We have all tried both techniques
Diet and exercise together with diet help you lose weight and get in shape at the same time. According to WebMD, Depending who you talk to, these words, Diet and Exercise, are either dirty or sacred. There’s no doubt that they’re both vitally important to good health, but do they carry equal weight when it comes to losing weight?
The Verdict: All the exercise in the world won’t help you lose weight if your nutrition is out of whack!
Dieters seriously underestimate portions, especially for grains and meat,” says Eat Your Way to Happiness author Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. “They eat too many processed foods that are high in calories, fat, salt, sugar and low in fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They eat far too few fresh fruits and vegetables and when they do eat them, they chose the worst ones, such as potatoes, iceberg lettuce, apple juice, etc.”
According to Expert: Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, nutritional biochemist and former director of the University of Utah Nutrition Clinic on Oprah.com: “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! While diet and exercise are both important for long-term weight loss, remember this: “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet,” says Talbott.
Is Getting Fit The Answer To Losing Weight?
The truth is exercise helps you lose weight by burning mostly fat. Dieting alone won’t burn mostly fat. Muscles take up less space than fat, so exercise will help your clothes fit better. Exercise also helps boost your metabolism, meaning you burn more calories all day long.
There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for nutrition. “You must design a diet you can live with for life, not a quick-fix gimmick that always results in weight regain,” says Somer. “Respect and love yourself to feed your body only foods that will fuel and nurture it, not foods that undermine health.” So, ask around, do some research and find a healthy, doctor-backed plan that appeals to you. Will it be hard? In the beginning, yes. Any major lifestyle change usually is. Is it worth it? Do the work and button up your old skinny jeans. Then you’ll have your answer.