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The key to weight loss: Is it more important diet or exercise?

Although you will probably burn out in the gym a lot of calories, there is a possibility that you will later feel much stronger hunger, which will force you to overeat and thus undo all the positive effects of exercise

Running on a treadmill for weight loss

The reality is implacable: the only way to lose excess weight is to burn more calories than you entered, which is almost impossible if you do not change your eating habits.

The kilogram of body fat has about 7,000 calories, while running the entire marathon burns about 2,600 calories. It is clear, therefore, how little the role exercise plays in weight loss.

This does not mean that physical activity is irrelevant, but if you have to choose between the regulation of diet and exercise, the evidence suggests that we should choose the former.

If you are a woman, if you want to lose weight, you need to enter about 1,500 kcal per day, while the number of men slightly higher. Except you have to take care of your calories, you should think about the type of food you consume.

For instance, one of the calorie bombs that you should avoid while you are on a diet – beer. Great beer of 500 ml has about 200 calories, which may not sound particularly “dangerous”, but you will after him, only be even more hungry. On the other hand, for the same energy value, you can eat a lot of apples.

If you have not practiced, a plan to lose weight, maybe then, the best strategy is to first regulate your diet, and in the process step by step introduce changes in habits related to physical activity. Although you will probably burn out in the gym a lot of calories, there is a possibility that you will later feel much stronger hunger, which will force you to overeat and thus undo all the positive effects of exercise.

Instead of getting involved in an endless cycle of joining the gym and drop exercise, start walking to work, if it isn’t away, stop using elevators instead of in a cafe with friends, take a walk, and the results will follow.

When you see the first developments on the scale, you can increase physical activity, but gradually and planned, so that exercise becomes your daily habit, not the occasional tool for weight loss.

Experiment with a variety of physical activities and find the one that will not make you feel like a victim. In the end, losing weight can be very successful if you know the prices of “small victories” – every step you do counts.

 

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