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Calories or Exercise: Which is More Important?

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So, say you’re trying to take better care of yourself. You’re trying to lose weight, exercise more, see your chiropractor on a regular basis (hint, hint). But in your efforts to lose weight, you start to wonder if you should be eating fewer calories or if you should be exercising more?

Which is going to get you to a healthy weight faster?

According to My Fitness Pal:

It’s generally accepted that diet is more important than exercise for weight loss — some say weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. We live in an environment that is “obesogenic,” meaning weight gain is easy and weight loss is difficult, especially with tempting snacks and fast food around every corner. The problem is, those snacks and fast-food dinners take a lot of extra effort to burn off. Nobody has time to walk 25 minutes every time they eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup. This is why diet trumps exercise if you have to pick one.

However!

A randomized controlled trial of about 400 overweight, middle-aged women found a lifestyle change that combines both diet and exercise led to more substantial weight loss than simply diet or exercise alone.

There you have it! While you need to watch your calories and put the right things into your body, you also need to get off the couch and get moving!

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