Don’t throw away your gym shoes yet, Dr. Hensrud also goes on to say that exercise is important because it helps maintain weight loss. Studies have shown that people who , with a calorie controlled diet, will be able to maintain their weight better be getting regular exercise. Crash dieting without exercise often results in fast weight gain after the diet is stopped.
Have you ever wondered whether diet or exercise would give you better ‘results’ if you were to only choose one? myNutratek is a firm believer you must strike a balance between both to feel good and realize overall health, but it also depends on your goals.
When it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes, we’ve all heard that for the best results it’s 80% diet and 20% exercise. Sure the food you put into your mouth can quickly result in more kilojoules than you can burn in a typical gym session, but according to new research, combining both diet and exercise together will give you a bigger health boost than tackling them sequentially. While making changes to both your exercise regime and your diet may seem daunting for many who already struggle to find the time, combining the two turns out to be a better strategy than focusing on changing diet first – an approach that many weight loss programs advocate – as this may actually interfere with establishing a consistent exercise routine.
In contrast, Sopko et al. (1985) in a twelve-week study, with obese men, reported that when the negative energy balance created by diet only and exercise only are equal, the two treatments produce similar results. The participants in the diet only group (n=10) experienced a weight loss of 6.1kg by restricting their caloric intake 500 kcal/day. The exercise only group (n=6) lost 6.2 kg by performing a treadmill walking program in which they expended 500 kcal/day. The men in the diet only group went from a body fat of 31.4% to 25%, where as the exercise only group went from 26.7% to 19%. These results show that equivalent amounts of weight loss can be obtained when the energy expenditure from exercise is similar to the amount of calories restricted through diet. This is contrary to the results of Hagan et. al., as well as the ACSM consensus statement that exercise without caloric restriction minimally affects weight loss. Table 1 summarizes some diet versus exercise weight management studies, further validating when energy expenditure is matched, weight loss is similar.