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EXERCISE VS DIET ALONE

Guest Writer - Author  | 
March 23, 2017
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What is the real truth?

Much has been said and debated regarding exercise vs. diet alone when it comes to weight loss. “Which is most effective?”, and “Is it true that exercise won’t, necessarily, lead to a trimmer waist, or that diet alone is a more effective tummy minimizer?”

What is clear is that a good, healthy diet combined with regular exercise will ALWAYS be the ideal, but for weight loss specifically, the answer might surprise you.

According to an arsenal of research, reducing one’s caloric intake is the most effective and direct route to weight loss. Case closed.

EXERCISE vs DIET ALONE

This may be due, in part, to the fact that simply cutting out 500 calories a day is easier (well, arguably….) than burning those 500 calories each day on a Stairmaster or treadmill.  Of course, the fact that the very act of exercising serves to make us THAT MUCH MORE HUNGRY later on, after that immediate post exercise “food is nauseating” phase wears off (and it always does), doesn’t aid matters. Nor does the whole “I worked out, so I get to eat as much as I want of whatever I want,” line of thinking, or rationalizing. Who doesn’t subscribe to such a seemingly logical belief? Don’t kid yourself….it is nothing more than a slippery slope that glides right into overeating. It IS possible to counteract the positive effects of a hardcore workout, and many of us do time and time again.

So, if making yourself lighter is the objective, cut the calories. Simply eat less, or eat food that contains fewer calories (and thereby reduce your daily caloric intake).

Now, if KEEPING THAT WEIGHT OFF is also part of the grand scheme, you will definitely need to incorporate exercise into your regimen at some point, especially if you add some calories back into your diet after shedding the offending poundage.

Exercise will increase muscle mass, that will burn more calories throughout the day as well as when you sleep. Exercise will also boost your resting metabolic rate – aka when you do play couch potato, you’ll be burning more than if you hadn’t exercised.

Finally, should you have other, loftier goals in mind like boosting your mood, increasing your energy level, or helping to prevent diabetes and heart disease, then get thee to the gym, the bike path, or the promenade!  Sitting on the sofa wont lead your brain to release neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine (feel-good, happy hormones), nor will it make your muscles eat up glucose from your blood for fuel (and stabilize your blood-sugar levels), but running three miles sure will.

 

* Article written by Logan Orlando

 

 

 

 

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