Thursday, July 30

Quora Answers: What's Better For Weight Loss: Diet Or Exercise?

Jim Reid former Toronto Top Level Athlete & Coach

Hi Melody
To the majority of people exercise is better for us than dieting to lose weight. But the majority is wrong about significant weight reduction by exercise. Exercise is better for fitness, but very inefficient and ineffective for weight reduction. Also, the minority who believe dieting is better for weight loss are also wrong. Dieting involves all sorts of commercialized schemes, which are unhealthy in the long term and so shocking to our bodies, we have huge cravings after the weight went down that cause us to go back to our old everyday diets of eating everything we feel like when we feel like and how we feel like. The pounds come back like bad thoughts.

The TRUTH is that we will reduce weight steadily by self-control over what we eat for the rest of our lives. Once we learn the knowledge about our metabolism systems and nutrition knowledge and change our eating lifestyle, we will control our body's metabolic balance and recover the perfect metabolic fitness our inner body will manage for us every single day.

The other ingredient is our self-control. Our human spirit can control the thoughts and feelings generated in our minds by our bodies along with our carnal spirit, which we are born with.

Once we choose to put our maturing spirit mind in control to learn about our body and how it uses what we feed it, we can begin to overcome all the temptations, cravings and addictions, which make up our carnal natures.

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Or fall for the either/or proposition, or think you should be able to concentrate on one to the exclusion of the other.

Diet and exercise work together to form a virtuous cycle.

Of course, it’s the reverse of the one that leads to inactivity and loss of fitness.

The more you exercise, the greater the strength, and the greater the ability to burn calories.

So if “weight loss” is the goal, both are necessary.

But why should “weight loss” be a greater goal than strength, fitness, health and vitality?

Drop your opinion on the comment session below. What's Better For Weight Loss: Diet Or Exercise?.

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  1. Both, in my opinion. For the best results, you must completely change eating habits, start eating healthy, fresh, organic food with lots of wedgies and fruits. Then include the workout slowly, adding new exercise whenever you feel you can. For me, this is a winning combo. :)
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    1. I agree with you, I think both will balance the equation.

  2. Really I've never had weight problems, but I try to follow a very healthy lifestyle working out almost everyday and eating fresh, organic food !as much as possible).
    Guess that the only way is a combo of both things, but it should became a lifestyle not a temporary "diet and exercise to lose weight"

    1. Yes Silvia, both plays a great role.

  3. This is not an easy question. Exercise is important for overall health. However, if somebody eats 10 000 calories a day, then half an hour of exercise will do no difference. Only high intensity work outs are really effective and they are very hard to do if you're significantly overweight. There are also safer exercises that burn a lot of calories such as swimming but a person would have to swim 5 hours a day in order to burn 10 000 calories. As much as I love exercise, I'd say that DIET is more effective than exercise. However, it is best to practice both: a balanced diet and moderate exercise.

    1. Thank you for throwing more light.

  4. I would say both work for me ,i love food but hate exercising, in order to keep fit and not get fat I have to do both.
    Great Post..x


  5. I think both have their place but I do notice that food plays a larger role overall. (Which is a shame because I'd much rather workout than limit what I eat!)
    the creation of beauty is art.

    1. LOL, mistake we all make, we want to eat whatsoever forgetting that it matters alot.

  6. Diet and exercise for weight loss :)



  7. Interesting to get all these perspectives. I personally find a combination of diet and exercise work best for me.


Thank you for sharing your opinion.

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