Diet or Exercise: What’s More Important for Weight Loss?
Is diet or exercise more important for weight loss? Read to learn how each plays a role in life-long health and sustained weight loss.
It’s the age-old question many people ask when trying to lose weight. Is diet or exercise more important to weight loss? The simple answer: Both are important for life-long health and sustained weight loss.
Yet, according to Mayo Clinic, cutting calories does appear to promote weight loss more effectively than increasing exercise does. Exercise is beneficial and effective, but it can be easy to sabotage your efforts with poor nutrition habits. Your body needs a healthy, well-balanced diet to see the most benefits from activity.
So, how can you take this information and see weight-loss success? Let’s take a closer look at the science behind it all and discover how Profile by Sanford can help you navigate finding the right balance of diet and exercise for long-term, sustained weight loss.
The science behind weight loss
Just how are diet and exercise related to your weight loss journey? A weight-loss study in the International Journal of Obesity showed that dieting and exercise together was 3.8 times more effective than exercise alone in terms of pounds lost. Exercising alone yielded only 6.4 lbs. lost, dieting yielded 23.6 lbs. lost, and the combination of the two outperformed both with 24.3 lbs. lost.
Women’s Health reported the reason dieting is so much more effective than exercise is because it takes a ton of activity to create a 500 to 700 calorie deficit through working out. When you combine cardio and strength training with a healthy, well-balanced diet it will help you reach and maintain your weight-loss goals. This is a well-known recipe, but it’s usually missing the proper support.
Get diet and exercise support
Going at it alone can be difficult and may feel like an uphill battle. Although support can come in many ways, a unique skill set is required to help you see the path ahead, the potential barriers to achieving your goal, and the skills needed to overcome those barriers. This is where a Profile health coach can help.
Our health coaches possess the knowledge needed to support you in balancing good nutrition with a physically active lifestyle. While professional athletes have coaches and trainers to help them achieve their fitness and performance goals, a health coach can help you properly fuel your body to achieve your weight loss goal by instilling healthy eating habits and removing old ones.
The best part about it is you don’t have to be a professional athlete to start changing your lifestyle with guidance from a coach. A health coach can create a personalized approach offering accountability, motivation, and guidance in achieving a healthy diet alongside—not in place of—your exercise program.
Maintaining your success
Once you’ve reached your goals, maintaining your results is as equally (if not more) important as achieving them. Your health coach can educate and prepare you for the lifestyle changes that best fit you by creating realistic goals and strategies that are measurable and achievable. By practicing good habits to achieve your results, you are more likely to continue making positive choices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
How Profile can help you
Profile is a comprehensive approach to weight management centered around nutrition, activity, and lifestyle. Developed by top medical experts, our program helps members reach their weight loss goals through personalized meal plans, 1-on-1 coaching, and tasty, nutritious food products.
A Profile coach will help you take the guesswork out of what you should eat for weight loss results with a custom, step-by-step meal plan. They will then help you combine that with physical activity you enjoy to leads you down the path to a happy, healthy, active life. Schedule a free, no-obligation health consultation to learn more about Profile and how our program can help you reach your weight-loss goals.