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Diet Vs. Exercise: Which Helps You Lose More Weight?

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Which is more effective in helping you lose weight, diet or exercise? Obviously, in the perfect world you would exercise regularly, develop a sensible and nutritious diet, get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. That would help effectively return your body to its ideal weight. But if you had to choose one or another, exercising or dieting, which is the most efficient and healthy way to lose weight?

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The short answer here is that there is no short answer. You really should exercise frequently while also eating properly. Unfortunately, a study out of Ohio State University’s College of Public Health indicates that when you spend time on one action or habit, that often creates less time for another activity. You are focusing all your time and energy on exercise so your diet suffers, or vice versa.

As it turns out, those that believe dieting will help you lose more weight generally have a lower body mass index (BMI). (For more information on BMI and how to calculate your BMI see my post here.) That information comes from a handful of studies published in Psychological Science. 1,200 participants in South Korea, China, France, Canada and the United States were asked what they believe the main factor is that keeps people overweight. Height, weight and other measurements were taken.

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The shocking revelation was, people who believed fitness and exercise was a more important factor for weight loss than proper diet and nutrition actually had higher BMI numbers. They had more body fat. This is because your weight loss mentality impacts your food choices. If you believe exercise is more important than diet for losing weight, you don’t pay as much attention to what you are eating and how much you are eating.

And if you believe that proper diet and nutrition removes more weight than exercise, you are more inclined to pay attention to what you put into your body. For instance, in one of the above referenced studies, the volunteers were offered unlimited chocolate. Time and again, those that believed staying active was the key to losing weight ate more than their diet-minded counterparts.

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Working Out AND Healthy Eating To Lose Weight

How can you use this revealing research to your advantage? Understand that exercise can definitely help you lose weight. But also remember that effective weight loss means putting the right things into your body in the first place.

Cut back on fatty, saturated and fast foods, white flour, sugar and salt. Drink lots of water, which is often times all your body requires when you think you are hungry. Consistently focus on creating a healthy diet, and your mental beliefs will help you reach your weight loss goals faster.

For more information on healthy eating click here. Also, for some at home exercise challenges, click here.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jem

    Great info, unfortunately it’s made me realise i actually have to watch what i eat!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    September 11, 2017 at 5:26 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      🙂 yup!

      September 11, 2017 at 7:15 pm

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