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Which really leads to weight loss? Exercise or diet? If you need to shed some kilos, read on! Going from overweight to maintaining a healthy weight can lower your risk for diabetes.
If dieting alone doesn't lead to sustainable weight loss, would exercise solely do the trick?
Not quite, according to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. As part of the study, researchers from Arizona State University in the United States enlisted 81 overweight women to join a fitness programme.
During the three-month long study, the women engaged in treadmill workouts three times a week, but their eating habits were not monitored.
Three months later, 70% of the women gained some fat mass during the programme, despite their increased activity.
While the study could not conclude the exact reasons for the weight gain, researchers believe that the participants who gained weight consumed more food and increased their calorie intake. This was because they believed that they had burned enough kilocalories to justify the extra food.
Eating to Lose Weight
In short, the safest and most sustainable way to reduce weight is a combination of caloric restriction and regular exercise in the long term.
Energy Expenditure and Calorie Intake
The total number of calories you burn for energy each day is your total daily energy expenditure. In order to lose weight, the amount of calories you burn should be higher than your calorie intake.
Working out can be tough on your body, especially if you are not used to it. The heavier you are, the more pressure you put on your lower limb joints.
Ease into a workout programme, perhaps in the pool which minimises the impact on your knees and joints. When you get more comfortable with exercise, try other activities such as jogging, brisk walking or cycling.
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