For Successful Weight Loss: Diet or Exercise?
Perhaps you’ve got a couple of pounds you want to lose. What should you do? Diet? Exercise? Both? Read on for the answer as well as 6 tips to get you started!
I’ve actually got four answers to this question:
Initially it’s diet, but long term it’s a combination of both
Exercise alone typically does not make much impact in weight loss
However, exercise helps you keep the weight off long term
There are other benefits to exercise you don’t get with dieting alone. Exercise improves your health, keeps your body strong and functional, and helps with stress, cognitive function and mood.
In researching this topic one of the first places I went was the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), which is a listing of over 10,000 people who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off. The NWCR analyzes (among other things) what these successful losers have done. Of these people:
1% used exercise alone to lose weight
10% have had success using diet alone
89% use a combination of diet and exercise