When it comes to losing weight, exercise and diet are championed as the two best ways to achieve weight loss goals. Many programs will focus on either exercise or diet, but few focus on both. In an ideal world, diet and exercise would be done in unison, but it’s not easy to focus equally on both. If you only chose to focus on one, which one would be more important? Is diet more important than exercise or vice versa? In this post, we dive into the two different weight loss activities to determine which one is really more important for weight loss.
Exercise Increases Appetite
The first thing that is worth noting is the fact that exercise increases appetite for two reasons. First, when you burn a lot of calories and use a lot of energy, your body naturally wants to replenish what was lost. Second, working out has also been found to speed up your metabolism.
It can be easy to overeat or re-consume all of the calories you burned during exercise, because exercise increases your appetite. It takes just minutes to consume hundreds of calories that will take hours to burn off through exercise.
Exercise Alone Can’t Drive Significant Weight Loss
Exercise not only increases your risk of overeating, but it may also not be the most effective way to lose weight. In fact, studies have proven that exercise alone cannot drive significant weight loss. Even the most strenuous exercise regimen can’t compensate for an unhealthy diet. It’s very easy to consume more calories than you’re working off.
Exercise has many benefits for your health, but it is not the best way to lose weight. In fact, you can actually lose weight relatively fast without working out at all. Exercise can help to accelerate weight loss when combined with a diet, but exercise alone is not the answer.
Maintaining A Healthy Diet Is The Easiest Way To Lose Weight
The best way to lose weight remains a change in diet. This doesn’t mean hopping on a fad diet. Diets that lack moderation or focus on calorie counting are doomed to fail. Most individuals that go on these types of diets end up gaining all of their weight back within 12 months of being on the diet.
Instead, your focus should be on eating natural, whole foods, avoiding processed foods, staying away from processed sugar, and limiting dairy intake. If you can do these things, you’ll have a much easier time losing weight and keeping the weight off.
Of course, weight loss is very complex. It’s important to remember that there are factors outside of your diet that affect your weight. Stress, sleep, and hydration also affect your weight.
You may not know this, but you actually burn a fair amount of fat while sleeping. If you aren’t getting enough sleep every night, your body isn’t able to burn as much fat. When the body experiences stress, it also likes to store fat and proper hydration can help to speed up your metabolism.
If you work on balancing your body through proper sleep, a reduction in stress, and adequate hydration, you’ll be able to shed pounds even faster.