Exercise Versus Eating Habits, What Matters More When It Comes To Weight Loss?

Exercise Versus Eating Habits, What Matters More When It Comes To Weight Loss?

It’s the weight loss debate that continues to roll on! You want to lose weight, feel better, increase your energy levels, and fit into that old pair of jeans that continually stares at you, at the back of your closet. 

However, do you focus all your efforts on renewed eating habits or starting (and sticking to) an exercise routine?

How To Lose Weight

Weight loss is determined by calorie deficit, which means your body uses more calories than you consume. This can be done by drinking and eating fewer calories, burning more calories through exercise, or a combination of both.

Focusing On Diet For Weight Loss

When trying to lose weight, for some, it is overall easier to manage what you eat by changing your diet than trying to “burn” more calories through physical activity. 

A fine example of this is if a person aims to lose weight via a daily calorie deficit of 400 fewer calories each day, they can easily achieve this by choosing lower-calorie meals. They can consume fewer snacks, reach for healthier items, choose whole foods versus highly processed items, and eat smaller portion sizes. For some, this is simpler than trying to burn an additional 400 calories daily. Burning up to 400 calories each day requires a tremendous amount of movement, it can be time-consuming, hard on an individual’s body, challenging to fit into your daily routine, and sometimes, simply not sustainable. 

Focusing On Exercise For Weight Loss

Still, exercise is a great tool to help support your weight loss goals, especially as it relates to keeping weight off. Strength training helps build and preserve muscle mass, plus, it can enhance your metabolism over time. This means that even when you are resting, your body will still burn more calories. Meanwhile, aerobic exercise (e.g. jogging, biking, walking), especially at a low or moderate intensity for half an hour or longer can burn a good number of calories and help promote calorie deficit in your weight loss journey. 

An ongoing physical activity routine can assist with overeating by regulating hunger hormones. Lastly, burning those extra calories will also allow flexibility with what you eat, making your “diet” feel less restrictive. 

Conclusion: A Combination Of Both 

Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? This ideology has become popular, as it outlines that weight loss can be achievable with an 80 percent focus on diet and a 20 percent focus on physical activity. It does not have to be followed to the “T”; however, at the end of the day if you make positive changes to how you eat, plus incorporate an exercise regimen that you love, you’ll be able to follow a weight loss program that will work for you. Maybe that means achieving a daily calorie deficit of 60 percent which is reflected in your diet and 40 percent exercise, but the key to long-term weight loss and management is joining a program that is sustainable for you and your lifestyle.

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