Diet more important than exercise if you want to lose weight, says new study


You may have to rework your diet plan for weight loss if you have been working out hard at the gym but not getting the desired results.

If you want to lose weight and think that the only way to do so is to hit the gym, you might have to think again.

According to a new study, diet holds far more importance than exercising and workout and physical activity like walking.

According to a report published in CNN, exercise can lead to an increased appetite especially weightlifting, thus sabotaging one’s intentions of losing weight.

The US Centers for Disease control and prevention also say that those who lose weight gradually are more successful at keeping weight off.

The study suggests that while 10 per cent of our calories are burnt in digesting the food we eat, roughly 10 to 30 per cent calories are lost through physical activity.

“It could not be truer. What you omit from your diet is so much more important than how much you exercise,” CNN’s report quoted nutritionist Lisa Drayer as saying.

Most of the calories that enter our body come from the food we eat and the beverages we drink but only a small portion of calories are lost by working out, the research suggests.

According to Alexxai Kravitz, Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in the US, an average person burns five per cent to 15 per cent of their daily calories by exercising. Only professional athletes burn a much higher amount.

Kravitz adds that the amount of calories burnt is never nearly equal to food intake which accounts for 100 per cent of the energy intake of the body.

Drayer notes that even exercise helps in weight loss but what play an even more important part of weight loss is the dietary habits of a person.

Diet is a much more important lifestyle factor even when exercise certainly helps in building strength and muscle mass. Exercising also improves flexibility and helps in managing diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

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