Exercise or diet: Take your pick

If you’ve been exercising and dieting at the same time hoping to lose weight, you can now take your pick and choose to do only one.  

According to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, dieting alone is as effective as dieting plus exercise. The key is in the calories and the study shows that calories can be lost effectively by either dietary restrictions or exercise.

“For weight loss to occur, an individual needs to maintain a difference between the number of calories they consume everyday and the number of calories they burn through metabolism and physical activity,” says Leanne Redman, Ph.D., first author of the study and clinical research fellow at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. “What we found was that it did not matter whether a reduction in calories was achieved through diet or burned everyday through exercise.”

Despite the fact that weight loss can be achieved equally through diet or fitness, women should always take their overall health into consideration.  There is a reason why many experts still recommend that permanent weight loss should be achieved with consistent dietary restrictions, low-caloric and low-fat foods, and regular exercise.

Hence, when dieting, always ensure you follow healthy dieting tips for example those featured in Health Adel, a health information website, in particular their article on tips to lose weight.  While you’re there, also check out why obesity can put you at risk for heartburn.  In addition, try to do some form of regular exercise as exercising has been shown to lower your risk for many diseases.  

Always remember: whatever you do to lose weight, you need to strike a balance and not put your body or your health at risk. 

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