Which one is most effective? Is diet more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight?
Yes it is – IF – all you want to do is lose weight.
If you want to burn fat, and slim down, and keep the weight off while sculpting a long and lean sexy body – then – No.
Best Ways to Lose Weight
Perhaps it might be a good idea to get a clear view of what a persons objective truly is when they say “I want to lose weight.” Strictly speaking weight loss can be achieved with cutting off a limb. Probably not the outcome most people would want but it will effectively meet the goal of “losing weight”.
The measurement of weight is simply the measurement of gravitational pull on mass.
If the goal is redefined to losing body mass then yes, dieting alone can do this. Many clinical studies, including this one, have shown that diet alone will provide a greater loss in weight than physical exercise alone.
The problem with this method can be the “type” of weight that was lost. Often quick dieting causes a weight drop because they may induce a loss in water weight and/or a reduction in muscle mass. Neither of which is healthy for a body for several reasons.
Water Weight Loss
Water weight loss is common with extreme low carbohydrate diets. When you don’t feed the body carbohydrates it will feed on glycogen stores before it breaks down the fat. When glycogen is broken down it also releases 4 x the amount of water. Each gram of glycogen is stored with 4 grams of water.
This will work against you because you need water to burn fat.
A good reason to look closely at diet programs that have questionable feedback saying unbelievable stuff like “I lost 10 pounds my first week!”
The other issue with this is the risk of losing muscle as well. Reduced muscle mass is equal to reduced metabolism. The slower the metabolism the harder it is to lose weight and the easier it is to gain weight in the form of stored fat.
How to Lose Body Fat
The way the body burns off stored fat is at the molecular level. Stored fat is broken down to provide the body with energy. The more energy we burn the more the body will burn off in stored fat provided we are working in a caloric deficit.
Fortunately we don’t need to know the science behind burning body fat to actually be able to successfully burn fat. All a person truly needs to do is have a HEALTHY meal plan that provides balanced nutrition through out the day that includes lots of healthy fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and nutrients.
Never Having to Diet Again!
The real secret to losing weight is: losing it and keeping it off forever. Imagine knowing this secret so you never have to diet again. That secret is simply this. You want to do both. Diet AND exercise to achieve optimum fat loss to reveal a sculpted lean body.
Combining the two will create a caloric deficit that will effectively give amazing results.
If you try and drastically reduce food intake and try and exercise vigorously in hopes of speeding things up the most likely outcome will be to hit the wall. The body is a well designed machine that usually will function in a predictable manner. By just creating a deficit of 100 calories a day to start with will still add up into big results.
The usual recommendation is 500 calories a day. Do this in combination with the workout so you can reduce 300 from food intake and 200 burned off at the gym. There are many ways to burn off 100’s of calories a day including exercising at work.
For a change in diet the simplest way to do this is to keep eating the foods you like but replace them with a healthier choice. For example if you like fried chicken, replace it with baked.