Exercise vs. Diet: Which Is More Important for Weight Loss?

To stay healthy, the best formula that anyone can apply in their life is to eat healthy and stay active. This is one of the first suggestions that would come your way when you start your journey to weight loss.

However those who recommend this did not keep the practical considerations in mind while giving you these tips.
Yes it’s true, you cannot rely alone on exercising to lose weight and similarly you cannot lose weight just by following a strict diet. But there has always been a debate that what is more important exercising or dieting? Scroll over as we look into what should be more important to you during your journey to losing weight:

1. Talk About Calories


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According to most of the experts and physical fitness trainers, weight loss and weight gain revolves around calories consumed and calories burnt. This means we lose weight when eat less calories than we spend and we gain weight when we eat more calories than we spend. Thus to lose weight you need eat lesser calories and burn off more calories. Interestingly to lose 1 pound in a week, a person will either need to reduce his/her intake of food or beverages by 500 calories a day with no physical activity or will need to run 3.5 miles every day without cutting down on his/her diet. The result achieved by both the actions will be same but then we are not living utopia world where all this can be easily achieved.

2. Calories Get Burned Even When We Do Not Exercise


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Fitness expert Dr. John Briffa analysed a study where the subjects were given instructions to follow exercise regime with no dietary interventions. The group was divided in two sections, additional exercise group and no additional exercise group (controlled group). The women in exercise group were instructed to exercise for 45 minutes a day -5 times a week for 1 year. There were changes in diet for both the groups. After an year, it was observed exercise group lost 2.2 kgs of fat. This means this group required to give in 178.5 minutes a week to exercises ad when you multiply with 52 weeks and divide it 60 to convert in hours, it turned out that on an average each woman spent 77 hours to lose 1 kg of weight. Thus to lose just 1 kg of weight, 77 hours of moderate exercising is not something very impressive.

3. Exercise Focused Weight Loss Programmes Yield Low Efficacy