Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to tackle the issue of exercise versus diet – which is more important when it comes to weight loss? There has been a lot of buzz about this issue, and I wanted to add some of my thoughts to the matter.
Unfortunately, the answer is not simple, and the details are probably not what you want to hear! While both are very important, when it comes down to actually losing weight, your diet is key. Eating mindfully and healthfully are essential. As Michael Pollan says, “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” Basically, a plant-focused diet that contains small portions will be the most effective when it comes to losing weight.
In terms of exercise, don’t discount its importance! Just be sure to approach it correctly. Some people have been known to gain a bit of weight when beginning a new exercise regiment! Some people “reward” themselves by eating extra calories after they exercise. Unfortunately, even the most rigorous of exercises burn a few hundred calories. Adding an extra serving of ice cream or even a slice or two of bread with dinner will add up to more calories than you burned while working out.
Remember, the benefits of exercise go far beyond weight loss. There are literally too many to list! Exercise helps lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, combats cardiovascular disease, fights depression, and so much more. The list literally goes on and on. Weight loss is just one potential benefit.
The key to weight loss is to find the balance between the diet and exercise, with a heavier emphasis on the former. Don’t get me wrong. Exercise is important. Especially when it comes to long term weight loss. Regular exercise helps keep your resting metabolism high, so you’ll burn calories faster throughout the day! And because the benefits of exercise are so important, I recommend doing it as often as possible! No matter your weight loss goals!