Originally, I planned to do an analytical article on the subject of which is better for weight loss: diet or exercise. I planned to take the arguments for and against and analyze and come to a conclusion. I honestly, find it easier to exercise than to eat a very healthy diet or a low-carb diet. So, I was secretly hoping to find that exercise was actually the best way. But, sadly, I found the opposite. Actually, there seems to be very little suggestion that exercise is most important for weight loss. I did seem to find some personal trainers indicate that exercise was more important.
I’m now convinced that diet is the most important for weight loss. However, I do want to emphasize and stress that almost all the articles also said that it is a combination of both. Several articles said that its a ratio of 75% diet and 25% exercise or a ratio of 80/20. In any event, some of the articles stressed that once you lose weight, exercise is a necessity to keep the weight off. Additionally, exercise has many other health benefits, even though, it is not the best bang for your buck when it comes to weight loss.
Weight loss is possible with exercise only
It is important to note that while diet plays a bigger part in your weight loss, several articles stressed that you can also lose weight just focusing on exercise, in other words, it’s possible to lose weight by eating the same and exercising more, its just that the amount of exercise needed to lose weight is too difficult to sustain.
One reason why the diet is more effective than exercise at weight loss is because it is easier to cut out the calories or not eat the calories than it is to burn the calories off. According to one article, in order to lose weight with exercise, you would need to workout five to seven workouts a week, 50 minutes each at a moderate intensity. It’s easier not to eat 500 calories than it is to burn off 500 calories.
One article also mentioned that on average people that dieted without exercising for 15 weeks, lost 23 pounds whereas the people that exercised without changing their diet, only lost 6 lbs over 21 weeks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/exercise-vs-diet-for-weight-loss_n_5207271.html
Conclusion: changing your diet will result in faster weight loss results. However, it’s easier to achieve those results when combining dietary changes and exercise. Exercising provided important health benefits as well as helping with slowing metabolisms and pushing through weight loss plateaus.
So, because this article took such an unexpected turn, I plan to make this part of a series: the next article in the series will be about how you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to lose weight, for example people have lost weight on crazy diets or experiments, for instance eating only pizza for several days participating in what has been termed “the twinkie diet”.