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Dieting More Effective than Exercise for Weight Loss

Posted by on September 4, 2012

In a recent New York Time Phys Ed feature, dieting has been shown to be more effective than weight loss in two different studies. If you’re looking to lose weight, understanding what helps us will give you more insight on what you have to do to reach your goals.

In the first study, scientists looked at the metabolic rate of a hunter/gatherer tribe. The posed that a lifestyle that included a lot of physical movement and activity would help raise the metabolic rate and maintain weight more efficiently. The researchers gathered data for 11 days, calculated the physical activity, energy expenditure, and metabolic rates and compared those numbers with the average Western lifestyle. What they found was that they they burned the same amount of calories, even though the nomadic tribe had more than twice as much activity.

The second study looks to improve weight loss calculators based on the new information that exercise does not help people lose weight in the same way that dieting does. When talking about both of these concepts in relation to metabolism, they relate in different ways, requiring different formulas for calculating weight loss.

What does this mean for dieters? For one, if you’re looking to lose weight, focus on your diet. Focus on eating the right kinds of foods and in the right combinations. Consider adding superfoods that directly affect your metabolic rate. If you exercise, don’t stop! It’s still highly beneficial to exercise. While dieting helps you lose weight, exercise strengthens the body. Exercise to promote healthy muscles, joints, and bones.

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