I just read an article in regards to diet vs. exercise. The author puts more emphasis on diet rather than exercise when it comes to weight loss. I agree 100%. When I was bigger, I was running as well. The running helped to limit my weight gain, but if I would not have changed how I ate, I would have never lost weight. Of course once you change your diet, consistent exercise will help you lose the weight at a faster rate.
Remember that in order to lose a pound, you must have a deficit of 3500 calories. You can achieve this by cutting out 500 calories a day for a week through exercise or diet. Which is easier, walking five miles a day or cutting out a candy bar and coke from the vending machine? I found eliminating certain foods from my diet made more of a difference than walking/running more.
I still believe in exercise. But if you are just starting off, concentrate on your diet and portion control while starting small with exercise. A 10-20 minute walk or run a few times week will work.
Also trying cooking a meal or two at home that you used to go out for. I make homemade pizza instead of ordering delivery.
Which do you find contributes more to weight loss and keeping it off, diet or exercise?