Diet Or Exercise – Which One Is More Important For Weight Loss?

November 11, 2016

Diet

We are not going to beat around the bush here. If you are not really a fan of those difficult workouts at the gym, but you ARE looking to shed a few pounds – you definitely came to the right place.

According some experts, it appears it is much better and more helpful not to eat that slice of cheesecake you have in your fridge right now, than to eat it and then do an exhausting running session.

Let’s see how exactly it is more effective to put down the fork than spend hundreds of dollars on gym memberships.

You Are What You Eat

According to Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas: “Studies tend to show that in terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise.”

However, before you get too excited and say – I will never exercise ever again! – make sure you note that any kind of exercise is still quite important.

If you are looking to lose weight properly you first need to establish a healthy everyday diet, then throw in some kind of physical activity.

The thing is that it takes a lot of time to burn off the foods you eat, especially if you are not eating healthy and you fill up on carbs. Stanforth emphasizes that exercising doesn’t really burn as much calories as most of us think:

“You’d have to walk 35 miles to burn 3,500 calories. That’s a lot of walking. But if you look at eating, a Snickers bar might have, say, 500 calories. It’s going to be a lot easier to cut the Snickers bar than to do five miles of walking every day.”

And The Final Verdict Is…

The secret is indeed in the combination of eating healthy and having regular physical activity of some sort, however your diet should definitely come first.

The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a few years ago revealed that people who switched to high-protein diets and meal replacements produced much better results than those who just exercised and didn’t modify their diets at all.

So, next time your tummy starts revving, just grab some fruit (like a banana) and say no to junk food.


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