By now, you probably realize that no matter what you do in the gym, it’s what you eat, and how much of it, that has the biggest impact on getting the results you desire. Here are 4 reasons why your diet is all that much more important than you might think.
Hey you, sweating on the treadmill with visions of fat melting away as you watch the miles go by on the counter. Or you, huffing and puffing in a cardio class, hoping to fit into those skinny jeans.
Moving your body is critical to well being, but when it comes to losing weight, exercise is not the optimal strategy, experts say. You may already know the frustration of regularly working out and not seeing the scale budge one bit.
Let us repeat: Exercise is vital for overall good health. But if you’re strictly interested in dropping pounds, eating less delivers the best results.
“Exercise is very important for improving someone’s cardiometabolic health and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease, but it’s not a very effective intervention for helping people lose weight,” Dr. Samuel Klein, professor of medicine and nutritional science and director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Washington University School of Medicine, told TODAY.
“Diet is the key for getting people to lose weight — eating fewer calories.”
The diet vs. exercise debate has been in the spotlight since an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine earlier this year caused a stir with its authors’ blunt message: Physical activity does not promote weight loss.
“You cannot outrun a bad diet,” they wrote. “Many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise.”
Here are four common reasons why exercise can fail you in the quest to slim down:
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