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Which Is More Important For Weight Loss? Diet Or Exercise?

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As anyone who has ever tried to lose weight will know there are two main camps “Diet versus exercise”. But which works better for losing weight? And most importantly, which will work better for you. Let’s run through some of the pros and cons of each!

Ease of Change: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Diet

Diet is definitely the easier of the two to change – it requires much less commitment to counting calories and cutting some out than it does to go to the gym and exercise. And deciding to exercise at home? You actually have to research/invest in equipment! So if you’re aware you’re a bit of a slacker, a diet might be best for you. You can also boost your vitamin intake with supplements if you’re worried that you might accidentally lose out on some vital nutrients.

Long Term Change: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Exercise

Despite diet being easy to initiate, it’s easier to fall back on too. One bad weekend and a break-up later and you’re two pints of ice cream down and regretting it instantly. The advantage of exercise is that once you’ve built it into a habit (the tricky part) your diet can fluctuate a little and you can make up for it with some extra work. If you know you tend to meander and get lost, try exercising. If you get serious about it, try taking some protein supplements and you’ll find the change you get even more dramatic.

Feeling More Awake? Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Exercise

If you feel sluggish and tired most of the day, and want to feel more energised, exercise is the way forward. It’ll help pump out dopamine into your brain, giving you a huge energy boost. It’s also good for those of you who may have low mood as it’s a far more effective pick-up than a diet (and it’s guilt-free, unlike chocolate). It’s possible that your low energy could be a lack of vitamin D though, so check in with a doctor too.

Lose It Quick! Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Diet

Diet is the way you’ll see a more obvious change, far more quickly. If you want instant results to encourage you, dieting is the way forward. However, don’t diet too much – you can end up bloating, and that’s definitely not the look you’re after! Make sure you actually change your meals, rather than relying on vitamins and supplements and not eating – they should be used as part of a diet, not the diet itself!

Decreased Risk of Disease: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Diet

Whilst exercise can help with heart disease and diabetes, it’s your diet that makes the most difference here. However, in this case you shouldn’t just follow one you find online – if it’s to prevent/cope with a particular illness, you really should be talking to a doctor about it before you start!

Increased Stamina: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Exercise

Ever wondered why you get short of breath on the stairs? It’s because you’ve  got low stamina. Whilst dieting can help somewhat, exercise is the way forward here – you want to train your body to deal with various activities, and the only way to do this is through practice!

Least Peer Pressure: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Exercise

The toughest part of dieting is going out with friends or colleagues and eating meals with them.
You’ll likely get questioned, and if you know you tend to succumb to peer pressure easily, it’s worth going for exercise instead. The only peer pressure you’ll get at the gym is to do more, and that’s the beneficial kind!

Least Embarrassing: Diet Or Exercise

Winner: Diet

Maybe you’re a bit shy or worry about what people think. Exercising to start with may seem a challenge – you might not want to run in public or head to the gym. Whilst home exercise is possible, it may be best to start off by dieting and then, once your confidence has grown, moving onto exercising a bit later.

Depending on what you want, one or the other may seem better. Ideally, you want to do both – it takes a lot of exercise to burn off calories, so reducing your calorific intake is great. However, keeping up that kind of diet can be a challenge, so exercise is worth implementing too.

Depending on your main reasons for dieting, you may find one is more beneficial to focus on than the other. If you’re losing weight for health reasons – you’re concerned about heart disease, etc – than the diet is the most important aspect. If you’re losing it for fitness reasons – such as stamina and shortness of breath – then exercise is the way to go.

And remember, your doctor can help advise you on which vitamins and supplements will aid you on your way. The most common advice is that you can lose weight dieting not exercising, but it’s much harder to out-exercise a bad diet!

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

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292 comments
LaylaCurb
LaylaCurb 5pts

A diet and exercise routine are the two necessities for losing weight and keeping healthy. If you're looking for a safe and reliable way to lose weight and tone your body 

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Suzie Louise Bishop
Suzie Louise Bishop 5pts

this headline \U0001f613 so misleading. There is no question of "or". You should be doing both; eating balanced healthy meals and exercising regularly. Picking and choosing what you do won't get you anywhere

FionaFitness Orlandella
FionaFitness Orlandella 5pts

Figuring out the best balance of both diet & exercise for your body type yields the best results.

Maggie Dokic
Maggie Dokic 5pts

Hand in hand, but no starvation diets or quick fixes , eat real food and move more, not rocket science

Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison 5pts

You need both, but exercise alone will never win.

Mausumi Saha
Mausumi Saha 5pts

dieting & exercising bith gives us a better resukt.

Kelly A Lozano
Kelly A Lozano 5pts

excersise, I pretty much eat everything in moderation. and exercise every day and I still weigh the same. happy.

Caprece Crofts Hart
Caprece Crofts Hart 5pts

No diet! Life style changes... Smaller portions and the other part exercise!

Prasanna Chebbi
Prasanna Chebbi 5pts

Yes. We never use any thing low fat. Actually butter fills your appetite sooner. Organic whole milk but moderation. I consume about average 1300 calories which doc said good and rule of thumb is 1o calories for every pound you weigh to maintain body weight

Janardanan Uppot
Janardanan Uppot 5pts

When you grow older you must have cardiovascular and flexibility exercises. You loose flexibility when you grow older. I would eat anything in moderation. Recent changes from government reg foods. Whole milk, whole eggs, coconut oil are all good. Butter is good. I am waiting for the day when the technology analyzes my body and tell me what specific foods are good for me. You food requirement your body specific

Prasanna Chebbi
Prasanna Chebbi 5pts

Pretty much. But my choices are such. While I do average 3-5 miles 6 days week, it diet that kept my # away.

Prasanna Chebbi
Prasanna Chebbi 5pts

Diet first and exercise secondary. I have seen lot of people who work very hard physically ( in construction industry or mechanics etc) are obese too, which tells me it diet too important to ignore.

Sue Retana
Sue Retana 5pts

Cut calories. Don't have to kill yourself working out

Allan Santiago
Allan Santiago 5pts

Weight loss-diet. Health and well being-exercise.

Stephanie Jane Hogan
Stephanie Jane Hogan 5pts

Both is needed, you can't out exercise a poor diet. 80% good food, 20% exercise.

Reina Roberts
Reina Roberts 5pts

Definitely Exercise ! When I exercise and walk , I can eat more .

Venessa Isis Tennant
Venessa Isis Tennant 5pts

Put the two together and you're way ahead of the game. Юлька Пулька they forget to tell you how sore you become after you start exercising like I am right now :(

Patricia Robertson
Patricia Robertson 5pts

I was always told they both go hand in hand. #dietandexceriseequalweightloss

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Good practice to start with :)

Ed Brown
Ed Brown 5pts

EXACTLY...along with not allowing big pharma to keep creating fake crutches, aka "lifestyle" drugs, to provide artificial improvement and masking of issues.

Ed Brown
Ed Brown 5pts

You can't eat your way to health. Excercise is a must.

Lawrence E. Bell
Lawrence E. Bell 5pts

Diet and exercise going hand and hand. If you eat a diet conducive to your fitness goals have a proper diet will expedite your progress. A diet that helps to fuel a great workout routine is best because your burn more of what your consume.

Blaire Jones
Blaire Jones 5pts

80 per cent of your weight loss is in the kitchen workouts will tone your body and shape you up

Raadia Khan
Raadia Khan 5pts

U can't out exercise a bad diet... And u can be thin yet flabby and have cellulite if you don't work out 70%diet

Sumasri Kamsali
Sumasri Kamsali 5pts

Doing both will work..... Not only keeps u fit but also healthy....

Denise Gomez
Denise Gomez 5pts

I have done diet w/o exercise and exercise w/o diet. You lose the most weight when the two are done in tandem. Exercise alone, yes you can lose weight. Sometimes quite a bit of it if you make sure to burn off more calories than you're taking in. Diet alone, yes you can lose some weight but it comes off very slowly. For best results, do them together. The weight will melt off and I'm talking from first hand experience.

Mona Starr
Mona Starr 5pts

Both, but your diet is the most important.

Barbara Cash
Barbara Cash 5pts

All of the above!! My advice. Don't let yourself get overweight to begin with!!

Nikki Hepburn
Nikki Hepburn 5pts

I thought both were necessary for successful results.lol