Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Diet or Exercise? What's More Effective When It Comes to Weight Loss?

Should I diet or exercise to lose weight?  Which one is more effective?

It's a constant discussion whether either you're trying to drop just a few pounds or 30.  Ultimately, it's a combination of the two that work.

But when trying to drop a large amount of weight the challenge can be daunting.  It's usually a basic premise of move more, eat less crap and more of the good, real stuff that works.

I am a big believer that 30 minutes of exercise a day will change your life.  Dramatically.  I also subscribe to the Mediterranean diet philosophy that focuses on produce, olive oil, fish and wine.   I lost 50+ pounds more than a decade ago and have kept it off even after having a baby.

Yet you see studies and those motivational pictures on Instagram that scream "A FLAT STOMACH STARTS IN THE KITCHEN" or "YOU CAN'T OUT-EXERCISE A BAD DIET."

All of that is true but nothing gives you the immediate satisfaction and endorphin rush of a nice, 30-minute workout to get the blood flowing.

A new study proves that.

It's a big, scientific-jargon-filled piece outlined in the October's Annals of Behavioral Medicine but the results are clear: it's best to diet and exercise at the same time but you might see results if you start with exercise first.  Once you see the benefit of a few weeks at the gym and you start seeing changes in your body, improving your diet might be the next natural step.

Just try moving for 30 minutes.  It will make you feel like a new person.  Promise.

Looking for some great exercise options?  Here are a few of my favorites:
  • Walking or running - being outside in the fresh air does WONDERS
  • Pilates - great for the core
  • A workout from the Nike Training Club app - they don't pay me to endorse it....it's just that awesome
  • Hula hooping - it's like a natural corset for your core
  • My full-body toning routine that can be done anywhere and requires no equipment.  Perfect for the gym-averse.

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1 comment on "Diet or Exercise? What's More Effective When It Comes to Weight Loss?"
  1. Hi, I appreciate your awesome blog. I think diet and exercise are both great for your body but physical exercise is the best for the body and diet with some veggies and some food reach in amino acids and protein is the great for your physical workout for fast recovery of your muscle. Recently, I lost 6 kg.. I'm using garcinia and it's really effective. No side effect . Thanks all!


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