When you have weight loss plans, what is more important: eating smarter or training harder? Some say that you can’t ‘out-exercise’ a bad diet, while there is a lot of people, including celebrities, who claim they never watch what they eat, they just exercise hard. So, who’s right now?
Experts say the best results come from a routine based on 75% healthy diet and 25% exercise.
This means that working out isn’t as crucial as our food intake. The reason for this is partly because it takes a great deal of effort to work off those extra calories. Having said that, a healthy diet with decreased calorie intake could help you lose weight, but most probably won’t make you look like a supermodel without a complementary fitness routine. This is because you’re losing muscle and bone density at the same time, which leaves skin looking saggy. So, even though you’re satisfied with the number on the scales, your general physique might not reflect that. To say differently, if you want to fit into those jeans and have a slender toned silhouette, then you need to work out, too.
But if this is true, then why won’t exercise alone burn fat and provide you with a super-trim shape?
Based on a survey carried out by the nutrition clinic at the University of Utah, people who dieted for 15 weeks without working out lost 23 pounds and people who worked out without dieting for 21 weeks lost 6 pounds. This obviously implies that exercising works, but not as well as if it’s accompanied by a diet plan. You can’t neglect the fact that it’s harder to burn extra calories than it’s to eat less.
Many people believe in the ‘everything in moderation’ approach.
In other words, if you make a couple of smart changes to your diet and exercise plan, then you should see results soon. The key is in combining the two effectively. It’s a bit like balancing the spices in a curry. You want to make it tasty enough to enjoy the dish, but not overly spiced so that it blows your head off. On the other side, if you add too little spice then the results will be bland and nondescript.
It’s the same with diet and exercise. A healthy balanced diet which includes lean proteins, whole grains and lots of fruit and vegetables is the perfect way to start. If you add a high-intensity, muscle-building workout two or three times a week, you get the ideal recipe to lose weight successfully.