Diet VS Exercise – Which Is More Important For Weight Loss?

February 21, 2017

We all LOVE to eat delicious foods, and we all HATE exercising. It’s just the way we’re wired. If you are not really a fan of exercising, but you are looking to lose some weight, by all means – do read on.

According to many nutritionists, it seems you are better off not eating that mouthwatering dessert you have in your fridge right now, instead of eating it and then hitting the gym.

Let’s elaborate.

Diet Plays A Much Bigger Role Than Exercise

Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas, suggests your diet is much more significant than how many workout sessions you have per week:

“Studies tend to show that in terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise,” says Stanforth.

But before you get too excited and cancel your gym membership, make sure you note that any kind of exercise is still quite important.

If you are looking to lose weight properly you first need to establish a healthy everyday diet. Then go ahead and throw in some workout sessions.

Stanforth warns that it takes a lot of time to burn off the foods you eat, especially if you are not eating healthy and you fill up on carbs:

“You’d have to walk 35 miles to burn 3,500 calories. That’s a lot of walking. But if you look at eating, a Snickers bar might have, say, 500 calories. It’s going to be a lot easier to cut the Snickers bar than to do five miles of walking every day.”

But One Should Not Go Without The Other

The trick is definitely in the combination of eating healthy and having regular physical activity of some sort. However, if you really have to choose and make one thing a priority – your diet should probably come first.