Diet vs Exercise – Which is Better for Weight Loss?
Weight loss, the most sought-after fitnessgoal of the modern world.
Rise of obesity is going bonkers, bringingalong with it a slew of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease,and weight-based stereotypes.
Regardless of the reason why you or anyoneelse wants to lose weight, no doubt that finding the best way is just as much of a struggleas actually doing it.
The common understanding is that you haveto work out hard and eat healthy.
But between exercising and dieting, whichone will help you lose weight most effectively? Let’s look at the physiological processof weight loss first.
Generally, weight loss occurs when net energyexpenditure exceeds that of net energy consumption.
Simply put, burn more energy, measured incalories, than you consume.
Energy expenditure occurs mainly through threefactors: The one that accounts for most of the energy is your basal metabolic rate, orBMR.
This accounts for all the bodily functionsduring rest, such as your heartbeat and brain functions.
Another factor is thermic effect of food,or the energy used during digestion.
And the third factor is physical activity,determined by any type of movement you perform, including cleaning, walking the dog, and ofcourse, exercise.
Of the three factors, physical activity isreally the only thing you can manipulate in any appreciable manner.
You just have to do… well, more physicalactivities.
Energy consumption, however, is completelyunder your control.
You are responsible for what and how muchyou eat.
Some might doubt this, but as far as the researchgoes, losing weight generally comes down to eating less than you burn.
So, exercise burns more energy and dietingdecreases energy intake.
Now, we simply compare which one does theirjob better.
And DIETING, seems to be the easier path.
Take a hundred calories for example: Withdieting, that means eating only half of that chocolate bar or take one less bite of thatburger.
With exercise, burning 100 calories meansrunning a whole mile or walking the dog for half an hour.
Increase it to 250 calories, and that’sskipping the whole chocolate bar or a handful of fries versus a whole hour of weightlifting.
Unless you’re a fitness freak, eating lesswill almost always be easier than exercising more.
And even more so if you focus on eating low-calorie,nutrient dense food which will make you feel more full instead of the high-calorie junkytype which makes you feel like reaching for seconds.
So, does that wrap up the argument? Just diet and not exercise at all? Well, not exactly.
The goal of weight loss shouldn’t startand end with the sole focus on seeing the number on the scale go down.
Exercise, although not as effective as dietingfor weight loss, per se, it still comes with a lot more health benefits that everyone shouldhave.
Now, for people that are extremely overweight,simply losing weight is already a huge health improvement.
If just dieting works for them, then that’sperfectly fine.
For people capable enough, exercise most certainlyshould be part of the plan.
The obvious benefit is burning more caloriesand giving you the green light to finish that chocolate bar.
Exercise will also improve your overall hearthealth and lung capacity.
Some even benefit from the therapeutic highof certain exercises along with the awesome benefit of burning more fat for energy grantedyou are eating enough protein.
And one thing about only dieting for weightloss is that your body will eventually adapt to the changes.
The longer you diet, the more your BMR lowersand your body becomes a clingy fat lover.
Muscle protein breaks down often, stress hormoneselevate, and your appetite gets shaky.
Less energy ends up being burned and you willneed to eat even less than before to keep losing weight.
Adding exercise, however, makes life a wholelot better.
BMR might still go down, but much slower withexercise than without.
It will also slow down muscle breakdown andand increase fat breakdown to provide the muscle energy.
It also means looking more lean and gettingstronger as you lose weight, especially for beginners.
With just dieting, you simply end up beinga smaller version of your pudgy self.
But keep in mind that exercise still requiresan overall calorie deficit to lose weight.
The saying, “You can’t outwork a bad diet”still rings very true.
Now weighing diet and exercise with all theadded benefits considered, exercise might be the overall better approach.
Sure, you lose weight slower but you don’thave to starve yourself and become healthier, stronger, more muscular, and, most of all,happier.
Doing both in tandem will probably be thebest, but if I had to choose one, you can find MY answer at the gym.
What’s your thoughts on exercise versusdieting? Which one is better for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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