Exercise or Eat Right?

fitness equipment and fruitsExercise or Eat Right?

The question is one that people ask a lot when they’re trying to lose weight: Is it more important exercise or eat right? The answer? They’re both imperative in losing weight, but experts agree it might be just a little more important to keep your diet in check. That said, definitely do not stop your exercise all together. Here’s what the experts said:

Importance of the Gym

While it’s absolutely possible to lose some weight with just a diet, that doesn’t mean it’s okay to just skip your exercising all together. Exercise helps build up your muscles and make you leaner. Of course, it also boosts your metabolism and burns fat, so instead of just losing the fat from your diet, the weight will fall off faster with cardio and lifting.

It’s recommended that you schedule in five to seven workouts per week that are each about 50 minutes in length. This amount of exercise is also known for improving your sleep and stress levels as well as lowering your cholesterol.

Importance of Eating Right

When it comes down to it, weight loss is about 75% diet says nutritional biochemist Shawn M. Talbott, PhD. He goes on to explain that, while both lose weight, those that eat right without exercising tend to lose more weight than those that exercise without eating right.

So what’s okay to eat?

A balanced diet that focuses on fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grain carbs. Cutting out carbs is easy in the short term and shows results quickly, but are really difficult to maintain. Talbott says that a healthy daily calorie count consists of allowing 10 calories per pound of body weight. This means if you’re 120 pounds, you should be eating about 1200 calories per day. If you’re 200 pounds, it should be about 2000.

All in all: Don’t do one without the other, ever. But when you’re trying to lose weight, focusing more on a balanced diet and a couple gym-trips per week will be the best way to ensure your success.

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