Thursday, August 23, 2012

Diet Vs. Exercise

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?

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