Eating with Purpose: Weight Loss
If you have weight to lose, you will undoubtedly face the “diet vs. exercise” dilemma. Maybe it isn’t really a dilemma, we know both are good, but confusion lies in understanding the process.
To be sure, both diet and physical activity are extremely beneficial. You’ve only got one you. Take care of it. (Read more about the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise). But, for sake of our current discussion, we will focus on weight loss.
Let’s consider what we know for sure: genetic issues aside, excess weight is a result of consuming more calories than we burn. What is a Calorie, anyway?
Is it possible for an individual to be incredibly active and gain unwanted fat?
Is it possible for an individual who is far less active to adjust calorie intake and lose weight?
Maintaining weight is a balance of caloric intake and caloric expenditure. Weight loss is a matter of creating a deficit, and that deficit begins with diet. Is physical activity an excellent tool for creating a deficit? Absolutely, and there are a host of other benefits… so get active. Yet, if weight loss is the end goal keep one thing in mind; diet trumps exercise.
You’ve read what is a calorie anyway, so you understand. Energy in/Energy out.
Now the part where most people struggle: Your body is adaptive. It's a chess game, really. If you shock the system with massive changes, your body will respond.