There is no doubt that both diet and exercise are important to good health, but do they carry equal weight when it comes to losing weight? Our take: all exercises won’t help you lose weight if your nutrition is not up to the mark.
The reason dieting is much more effective than sweating it out is because it takes a ton of activity to create a 500 to 700 calorie deficit through exercise. Essentially, you’d need to run at least 10 km a day to lose 1 kg a week. The average person can’t keep this up, day in and day out, especially without increasing their caloric intake. That being said, 75% of weight loss comes from changes in diet.
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Exercise has many benefits, but there are problems with relying on it to control weight. For instance, exercise increases one’s appetite. When you burn off calories, your body will signal you to replace them. If you are not paying attention to what you eat after working out, you are not going to lose any weight. This is what we call “binge eating”.
Many people think of dieting as a drastic change, with a risk of gaining the kilos back. However, what is required to succeed is a gradual change over a period of time. We are not trying to say that weight loss with diet is easy and exercise is hard; both are difficult. The challenge of a slowing metabolism and the desire to eat more occurs in both the cases, although dietary change still works better than exercise, we feel.
Always remember one thing, the body tends to resist weight loss when you start eating less, which can lead to a plateau. That’s what we call starvation mode—and it happens to everybody who loses weight. Though your metabolism might slow down as you lose weight, you can speed it up by strength training.
We say that you have to be consistently consistent with your diet to lose weight. It’s very easy to start a diet, but not everyone can stick to it for a long time. The same thing applies to exercise as well. The real key to losing weight is to be consistent with both your diet and exercise.