If you’ve started a fitness routine but haven’t seen the weight loss success you’d hoped for, you may be missing an important piece of the puzzle.
Both fitness and food choices are vital for long-term weight control. However, the food choices you’re making may be more important than the amount of exercise you’re doing. As the popular saying goes: “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet”. It shouldn’t be an either/or choice either. You’ll get the most success by combining both diet and exercise for weight loss.
You might think that you can go for an hour run to make up for that Dominos pizza you had for dinner last night, but think again. A one hour run will burn approxamitely 350-400 calories, whereas the pizza you had was 1200 calories. It’s much easier to cut calories than to burn them off.
As a rule of thumb, weight loss is generally 75% diet and 25% exercise. Yes, you can lose weight by just restricting your calories, but exercising is an important compotent too. Without it, you’ll also be stripping away muscle and bone density.
Overall, the key to a successful weight loss is both diet and exercise.