Does Diet beat Exercise when it comes to Your Weight Loss Goals?
Everyone knows that eating less and exercising more will help you lose weight. But knowing is one thing, and actually doing it is another. In less than 100 days, millions of people — and also me, you may be one who will make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. And yet, despite the abundance of diet books, fitness programs, exercise guidelines and apps to track our food — very few people who set out to lose weight actually manage to keep it off long-term.
So what’s best if you want to get into your skinny jeans?In a recent REAL Simple magazine article, the answer is diet. Although you need to restrict calories in your diet to lose weight and exercise to keep it off. Researchers have found that it is easier to deny yourself 500 calories a day — the amount you typically need to cut to lose a pound a week — than to burn that much through exercise.
Balance Guides Success
As a fitness enthusiast and industry professional, I agree that what you eat directly hits your hips. And working out harder (my easier choice) does not equate to achieving one’s weight loss goal either. To breakthrough and be successful at managing your weight — you need your life to be in balance. No matter how successful you are — too much work, not enough play, and time to restore emotionally, physically and mentally depletes self-control and leaves you vulnerable to diet and exercise failure. Shift your focus towards achieving a life in balance and then losing weight will be easier.
Coaching Assignment: Take the Personal-Assessment-Wheel and learn the areas of your life that may be impacting your weight loss success. Share your insights with your comment.