Diet and exercise must be combined to achieve weight loss. The human body is a synergistic machine. You can’t do either or. Diet alone doesn’t rev up the metabolism. Exercise has many health benefits you can’t get from diet alone and vise versa.
The Diet vs. Exercise Debate
This is one of the topics I touched upon on my FitTalk Show with Tom Venuto, which he refers to as “Fat Loss Lie #9 – Exercise is not necessary – all you need is a diet”. AKA the ‘ol Diet vs. Exercise debate. As Tom explained it, “the issue here is what’s more important, diet or exercise? To answer that, you need to create a caloric deficit. You can create a caloric deficit with just diet alone or through exercise, expending more calories than you consume.”
Dieting alone is 50% of the equation. Yes, you can lose weight with just dieting. Tom provided a great explanation of the The Diet vs. Exercise debate. “If person “a” burned 1,000 calories with a combination of weight training and cardio, and person “b” didn’t do any training and just cut calories, are the results going to be the same? Will persons “a” and “b” health be the same? Will their body compositions be the same? No. The training group will always come out better all the time.
No amount of dieting can ever make you stronger, only training can do that. No amount of dieting will ever make you more physically conditioned or build lean muscle. Only training can do that. Yes, you can lose weight with just dieting, but if you are able bodied, dieting alone is the worst way to lose weight.”
Diet Alone Does Not Lead to Significant Weight Loss
Newly published research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University demonstrates that simply reducing caloric intake is not enough to promote significant weight loss. This study demonstrated that there is a natural body mechanism which conserves energy in response to a reduction in calories.
Give Your Metabolism some Muscle
Want to rev up your metabolism? EXERCISE. Super-charge your metabolism and calorie burning by building muscle. If you’re not hitting the gym, you should. Want to know why? Muscle demands energy to just “sit” on your body. Fat does not.
For every pound of muscle that you gain, your body burns 50-70 calories more per day. That means, if you gain 10 lbs. of muscle, your body will burn an additional 500-700 calories per day, and with proper diet, that equates to more or less guaranteed weight loss.
At the end of the day, if you are looking to lose weight and someone tells you that you can lose weight by just following a diet program and you don’t need to exercise, run the other way. If someone tells you that you can eat all you want, whatever you want and all you have to do is exercise, run the other way. All the exercise in the world can’t undo a poor diet.
When looking to lose weight and improve your health, exercise some common sense and do your best to make diet and exercise as habitual as brushing your teeth.