DIET vs EXERCISE – The BEST For Losing Weight


Weight loss, the most sought-after fitness
goal of the modern world. Rise of obesity is going bonkers, bringing
along with it a slew of health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease,
and weight-based stereotypes. Regardless of the reason why you or anyone
else wants to lose weight, no doubt that finding the best way is just as much of a struggle
as actually doing it. The common understanding is that you have
to work out hard and eat healthy. But between exercising and dieting, which
one will help you lose weight most effectively? Let’s look at the physiological process
of weight loss first. Generally, weight loss occurs when net energy
expenditure exceeds that of net energy consumption. Simply put, burn more energy, measured in
calories, than you consume. Energy expenditure occurs mainly through three
factors: The one that accounts for most of the energy is your basal metabolic rate, or
BMR. This accounts for all the bodily functions
during rest, such as your heartbeat and brain functions. Another factor is thermic effect of food,
or the energy used during digestion. And the third factor is physical activity,
determined by any type of movement you perform, including cleaning, walking the dog, and of
course, exercise. Of the three factors, physical activity is
really the only thing you can manipulate in any appreciable manner. You just have to do… well, more physical
activities. Energy consumption, however, is completely
under your control. You are responsible for what and how much
you eat. Some might doubt this, but as far as the research
goes, losing weight generally comes down to eating less than you burn. So, exercise burns more energy and dieting
decreases energy intake. Now, we simply compare which one does their
job better. And DIETING, seems to be the easier path. Take a hundred calories for example: With
dieting, that means eating only half of that chocolate bar or take one less bite of that
burger. With exercise, burning 100 calories means
running a whole mile or walking the dog for half an hour. Increase it to 250 calories, and that’s
skipping the whole chocolate bar or a handful of fries versus a whole hour of weightlifting. Unless you’re a fitness freak, eating less
will almost always be easier than exercising more. And even more so if you focus on eating low-calorie,
nutrient dense food which will make you feel more full instead of the high-calorie junky
type which makes you feel like reaching for seconds. So, does that wrap up the argument? Just diet and not exercise at all? Well, not exactly. The goal of weight loss shouldn’t start
and end with the sole focus on seeing the number on the scale go down. Exercise, although not as effective as dieting
for weight loss, per se, it still comes with a lot more health benefits that everyone should
have. Now, for people that are extremely overweight,
simply losing weight is already a huge health improvement. If just dieting works for them, then that’s
perfectly fine. For people capable enough, exercise most certainly
should be part of the plan. The obvious benefit is burning more calories
and giving you the green light to finish that chocolate bar. Exercise will also improve your overall heart
health and lung capacity. Some even benefit from the therapeutic high
of certain exercises along with the awesome benefit of burning more fat for energy granted
you are eating enough protein. And one thing about only dieting for weight
loss is that your body will eventually adapt to the changes. The longer you diet, the more your BMR lowers
and your body becomes a clingy fat lover. Muscle protein breaks down often, stress hormones
elevate, and your appetite gets shaky. Less energy ends up being burned and you will
need to eat even less than before to keep losing weight. Adding exercise, however, makes life a whole
lot better. BMR might still go down, but much slower with
exercise than without. It will also slow down muscle breakdown and
and increase fat breakdown to provide the muscle energy. It also means looking more lean and getting
stronger as you lose weight, especially for beginners. With just dieting, you simply end up being
a smaller version of your pudgy self. But keep in mind that exercise still requires
an overall calorie deficit to lose weight. The saying, “You can’t outwork a bad diet”
still rings very true. Now weighing diet and exercise with all the
added benefits considered, exercise might be the overall better approach. Sure, you lose weight slower but you don’t
have to starve yourself and become healthier, stronger, more muscular, and, most of all,
happier. Doing both in tandem will probably be the
best, but if I had to choose one, you can find MY answer at the gym. What’s your thoughts on exercise versus
dieting? Which one is better for you? Leave your thoughts in the comments. Please like and share the video if you enjoyed
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