Thursday, February 26, 2015

Exercise vs. Diet


Eating fewer calories and including less fat in your diet is necessary to shed pounds. Adding exercise increases the number of calories you burn so that you speed up your weight loss. Benefits of exercising is you build muscle, which keeps your metabolism in high gear to burn calories more readily.

Exercise is important for everyone. The fitter you are, the less your risk of having a heart attack or stroke or developing diabetes or some other crippling and deadly disease. Regular exercise is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance.

The key to weight loss is to consume fewer calories than you burn. For most people, it's possible to lower their calorie intake to a greater degree than it is to burn more calories through increased exercise. That's why cutting calories through dieting is generally more effective for weight loss. But doing both — cutting calories and exercising — can help give you the weight-loss edge. Exercise can help burn even more calories than just dieting.

Losing weight by crash dieting or by drastically restricting yourself to less than 1200 calories a day, you're more likely to regain weight quickly, often within six months after you stop dieting. Getting regular exercise also can help prevent excess weight gain in the first place.

Studies show that even the most inactive people can gain significant health benefits if they accumulate 30 minutes or more of physical activity per day. Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with healthy eating habits, is the most efficient and healthful way to control your weight.

When you eat more calories than you need to perform your day's activities, your body stores the extra calories and you gain weight
When you eat fewer calories than you use, your body uses the stored calories and you lose weight.
When you eat the same amount of calories as your body uses, your weight stays the same.

"As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. While diet and exercise are both important for long-term weight loss, remember this: "You can't out-exercise a bad diet," says Talbott.

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