So you want to lose a few kilograms. You’ve heard the mantra: “Eat right. Work out.”
But when it comes down to it, which one of those things will make a bigger difference in helping you achieve your weight loss goals? Is it really better to hit the gym four times this week or to order a salad instead of chips at lunch?
When asked, Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas and the executive director of the Fitness Institute of Texas, on whether diet or fitness was more important for weight loss, this was his answer.
“Studies tend to show that in terms of weight loss, diet plays a much bigger role than exercise,” said Stanforth.
“You’d have to walk 35 miles (56 kilometres) to burn 3,500 calories. That’s a lot of walking. But if you look at eating, a Snickers bar might have, say, 500 calories. It’s going to be a lot easier to cut the Snickers bar than to do 5 miles (8 kilometres) of walking every day.”
Other studies are saying the same thing.
One large review of 20 studies nvolving more than 3,000 people published in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2014 found that high-protein diets and meal replacements (low-calorie substitutes for heavier meals) were linked with better outcomes in terms of helping people keep weight off after a reduced-calorie diet period when compared with exercise.
And a 2011 review looking at the relationship between fat mass and physical activity in kids concluded that being active is likely not the key determinant in unhealthy weight in children.
So if you want to lose weight in 2018, consider adjusting your diet. And if you want to keep it off, get moving (exercise).
This article was originally published by Business Insider .